PA used $280 million sent by Israel to pay terrorists

Posted on 18 February 2024

PA used $280 million sent by Israel to pay terrorists

Almost one billion shekels ($278 million) in yearly tax revenue that Israel collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority (P.A.) goes towards Ramallah’s “pay for slay” policy, under which it disburses monthly salaries to terrorists and their families, legal documents indicated on Sunday.

The information was revealed during a hearing brought by the parents of Dalia Lemkus, who was stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist at a bus stop near the town of Alon Shvut in Judea almost 10 years ago. 

The terrorist, a Palestinian Islamic Jihad member from Hebron, was convicted in 2015 to two life sentences, in addition to paying four million shekel ($1.1 million) in compensation to the victims’ relatives.

Lemkus’ parents subsequently took enforcement action against the P.A., the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Israeli Finance Ministry, noting that terrorist Maher al-Hashlamoun receives a monthly “salary” of 12,000 shekel ($3,300) from Ramallah for the murder.

Jerusalem collects 600 to 700 million shekels ($166-194 million) in tax funds on behalf of the P.A. every month under the terms of the Oslo Accords, signed with PLO terrorist Yasser Arafat in the 1990s.

“As it appears from the material submitted to the court and as it has been proven, the Palestinian Authority pays terrorists and their families huge sums every month; probably close to one billion NIS a year,” Israel’s Enforcement and Collection Authority, the agency tasked with implementing court rulings, said on Sunday.

The organization’s decision also confirmed that the “Martyrs’ Fund” is enshrined in P.A. law, granting convicted terrorists or their families a “right” to receive payment from Ramallah.

The Enforcement and Collection Authority ordered the P.A. to pay Lemkus’ parents 276,000 shekel ($76,500) in garnished “wages” for the period Aug. 2021-June 2023, local media reported.

Since Hamas’s Oct. 7 massacre in Israeli communities near Gaza, the P.A. has added thousands of Palestinians to its list of people who qualify to receive terror stipends, an Israeli watchdog reported last month.

P.A. officials announced that 3,550 terrorists imprisoned in Israel will receive payouts, as will the families of over 20,000 slain “martyrs,” the Jerusalem-based Palestine Media Watch (PMW) said.

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