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Sunday Express: Foreign Aid Scandal Following PMW's Report to British MPs

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TAXPAYERS cash given to help rebuild Palestine is being used to reward and incentivise terrorists, it has been claimed.


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Gillian M (11)
Monday May 25, 2015, 10:10 am
PMW report reveals that the PA
continues to pay salaries
to convicted terrorists,
despite assurances to Western donors

Itamar Marcus, director of Palestinian Media Watch, appeared before members of British, Dutch, and German parliaments last week to present PMW's new report entitled: "Is the PA lying to Western donors? The PA claims to have stopped paying salaries to prisoners; PMW's evidence shows otherwise."

PMW's report has already made a significant impact in Europe, with MPs from the 3 parliaments speaking out against the PA's ongoing glorification of terrorists and the PA practice of rewarding convicted terrorists with salaries.

The following article from Sunday Express reports on the "foreign aid scandal" that is now taking place in the UK in response to PMW's report:

Foreign aid scandal: UK money is 'STILL going to convicted Palestinian terrorists'

TAXPAYERS' cash given to help rebuild Palestine is being used to "reward and incentivise" terrorists, it has been claimed.

by Anil Dawar, May 22, 2015

Itamar Marcus says Mahmoud Abbas's Palestinian Authority has continued the payments

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has taken around £130million in foreign aid from the Department for International Development over the past five years.

The public cash is being used to help it fund its estimated £84million annual wage bill for convicted terrorists locked up in Israel, according to campaigners.

Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) claims that Britain may have been "intentionally misled" by the PA which last year claimed to have stopped the controversial payments but was later discovered to be channelling the cash through another political group.

MPs today called for the Government to suspend all aid to the PA until payments to convicted terrorists cease.

In a joint statement, Tory MPs Guto Bebb, James Morris and Andrew Percy said: "British taxpayers will be appalled to discover that the Palestinian Authority is handing their hard-earned money to convicted Palestinian terrorists.

"The PA should be strongly condemned for deceiving well-intentioned donor countries into thinking that it had ended this shocking practice.

"The British Government must seriously reconsider its provision of aid to the PA's general budget until it ceases this abhorrent practice of financially rewarding and incentivising terrorism."

The PA's practice of paying huge salaries to jailed terrorists was exposed by PMW in 2011.

The money is reserved for those "resisting the occupation" of lands Palestinians regard as theirs but which are part of the Israeli state.

Around 5,500 Palestinian terrorists could be drawing salaries and bonuses.

Among those now eligible are Abdullah Barghouti, Hassan Salameh and Jamal Abu Al-Hijja who are serving 122 life sentences between them for planning suicide bombings.

The number of those being paid could rise to 200,000 when the families of suicide bombers and the wounded are added.

Some of the longest serving prisoners will be getting up to £2,000 a month plus bonuses for their wives and children.

PMW said grants on release can be as much as £50,000, which dwarfs the £300 average monthly wage in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian Authority has said the money is not salaries but welfare payments.

Itamar Marcus, director of PMW, this week presented a report on the issue to the British, Dutch and German parliaments.

He told MPs at Westminster that Palestinian political leaders last year ordered the payments be halted after an outcry from Western donors which give around £640million a year to help rebuild the state.

Although President Mahmoud Abbas publicly ordered the Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs to halt the payments, he then passed on the duty to the specially created Commission of Prisoners' Affairs run by the Palestine Liberation Organisation, meaning the money is still being paid out.

Mr Marcus said: "The PA's creation of a PLO Commission of Prisoners' Affairs to fulfil the same services previously supplied by the PA Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs, was done solely to satisfy Western donors' demands that the PA cease paying salaries to terrorist prisoners.

"The existence of the PLO Commission has not changed the PA practice of paying salaries to terrorists.

"The PA continues to reward and pay salaries to terrorists in prison in spite of European and US demands that donor money to the PA not be used to reward terrorists."

Last night, a DFID spokesman said: "UK aid to the Palestinian Authority is used for the sole purpose of paying the salaries of civil servants, who are responsible for providing health, education and other essential services."


Jay S (116)
Monday May 25, 2015, 10:40 am
Wow! What a surprise - NOT. with the new declassified document in the US proving clearly that the Obama administration along with the UK and other Western governments and the complicit media helped create the horror that has been going on for months in the Middle East by the Islamic state that they funded and helped to birth.

They gave absolutely no thought to the terror, suffering, beheadings, rapes, torture, that the Christians and other minorities have had to endure as this genocide against them has been going on for quite some time.

I had to wonder why no one was doing anything about it, now it is clear. Funding these evil evil people, following in the exact example and path of Muhammad himself, has been deliberate all along. But like every other stupid act our governments have done over the decades that have come back to haunt us and cause us harm, this is doing the same.

And all to please the military industrial complex and the Saudies and for a gas pipeline across Syria that Assad opposed.

All of our disgusting leaders and media should be tried and convicted of treason and executed every one of them. And I am against the death penalty normally.

Stan B (123)
Monday May 25, 2015, 8:47 pm
This is what always happens to aid money given to the Palestinians. No one seems to check what happens to all those billions.

Hilary S (65)
Tuesday May 26, 2015, 12:12 am
as if they care! the money has been handed out as part of some other political gameplan the world will learn about in 50 years, unless someone manages to hack into the machinations beforehand.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 27, 2015, 4:23 am
I can't stop wondering to which degree Arabs - Palestinian, Qatari, Lebanese, etc - consider Western people naive to do gross violations like that while hoping not to get caught.

John De Avalon (36)
Wednesday May 27, 2015, 10:37 am
What a scandal. Rewarding terrorists is bad enough, but at that rate of reward above the national wage, it is recruiting terrorists too ...

To be fair, misappropriation of foreign aid is not new and is widespread with, in many cases, very little shaking down to the bottom.

We have a spiritual and moral duty to help our fellow man, so no argument here about foreign aid, but we really must ensure full accountability about how and where the money is being used, and ensuring it is actually reaching and helping those who need it.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 27, 2015, 11:05 am
Not glad to hear this, noted

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 27, 2015, 3:21 pm
As long, as Palestinian Arabs receive huge foreign aid, making their "refugees" who are really just descendants of real refugees and not in the first generation - the World Best Paid Refugees Forever - the chances for peace are nil.

Because as soon, as the peace agreement is signed, refugees will be considered settled and the aid will stopped. No responsible Palestinian leader will agree to this loss of income.

Gillian M (11)
Thursday May 28, 2015, 5:56 am
Bob, quite agree. In fact, only the generation who were dispossessed are allowed to be refugees, their children would become citizens of whichever country they were born in. Unfortunately, Muslim controlled countries have made an exception to this by refusing any Palestinians born citizenship and treats them with apartheid. Silence from the UN and the world about this whilst they abuse Israel.

Maggie D (69)
Thursday May 28, 2015, 6:36 pm
Unjustified support for the Palestinians comes in many forms, this is just one of them. Thanks, Penny, noted.
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