Palestinians Defy U.S. With $355 Million in Terrorist Payouts

YERUSHALAYIM -

The Palestinian Authority paid out 1.24 billion shekels ($355 million) to imprisoned terrorists and the families of slain attackers in 2018, despite the threat of U.S. sanctions, Palestinian Media Watch reported on Wednesday.

The report comes just days after President Donald Trump signed the Taylor Force Act, which would further cut aid to the PA until it ended the “pay for slay” program.

In an act of defiance, the PA ceased efforts to conceal the payments and returned to a policy of direct and open payments, which goes through its Commission of Prisoners, Arutz Sheva reported.

Director of Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) Itamar Marcus and Palestinian Media Watch’s Head of Legal Strategies Lt. Col. (res.) Maurice Hirsch presented their findings to the Knesset Israel Victory Caucus (KIVC).

PMW’s analysis of the Palestinian Authority budget showed that 7.47 percent of the operational budget goes to salaries for terrorist prisoners, released terrorists, and payments to families of “Martyrs” and wounded. The PA’s budget categories rewarding terror equal 44 percent of anticipated foreign aid.