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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

PA chairman reiterates his supports for Arabs who committed terrorist attacks against Israelis

Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas reiterated his support for Arabs who were captured or killed while committing terrorist attacks against Israeli citizens.

In an interview with Al-Quds Al-Arabi, Abbas stated that, "Israel incites the US to see prisoners and martyrs as terrorists. They are soldiers and the sons of our nation...and they are the martyrs of the Palestinian people. And since then (1965), we have provided them [and their families] with allowances."

"Israel and the US says that this is supporting terrorism...I will not back down on this issue. The families of the martyrs will continue to receive their allowances in full." he added.

In response to the question of whether the allowances will continue to be extended to prisoners in Israeli prisons, Abbas answered, "certainly."

Israel and the US have pressed the PA to halt its payments to terrorists for years on the grounds that the policy encourages Arabs to attack Israelis. The PA policy of paying higher salaries to terrorists serving longer sentences means that the more heinous the and deadly the terror attack, the more the terrorist is rewarded by the PA for committing murder.

According to Palestinian Authority figures, the monthly allowance per prisoner is higher than that of an active member of the PA security forces. The PA budget for payments to terrorists in Israeli prisons skyrocketed to $158 million in 2017.

The US Congress is currently considering the 'Taylor Force Act,' a bill which would cut US funding to the Palestinian Authority as long as it continued its policy of payments to terrorists. The bill is named after Taylor Force, a former United States Army officer who was murdered in a stabbing attack in 2016, while walking along the Jaffa boardwalk.

On Sept 9, INN reported that the Taylor Force Act was attached to the 2018 Foreign Operations budget in the Senate.

The move means the legislation is almost certainly assured of being enforced in the United States from next year.

The Taylor Force Act would cut U.S. funding to the Palestinian Authority (PA) until it ends its policy which distributes $300 million to terrorists and their families annually.

However, original sponsor Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) feared that because of the tight schedule facing the Senate over coming weeks, the legislation would not reach a vote before the entire Senate, ahead of the deadline for legislation to take effect in the next fiscal year.

Graham decided on to attach the legislation to the foreign operations budget, which was approved by the Senate Committee on Appropriations, according to Haaretz.

A recent report found that more than half of the PA's yearly budget goes to terrorists, with more than $1 billion having been dedicated for such purposes in the last four years alone.

Despite pressure to end the policy of paying the families of terrorists who murdered Jews, PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas reportedly told the United States last month that he has no intention of doing so.

"I do not intend to cease paying salaries to the families of prisoners and martyrs, even if it means I lose my position. I will continue paying their salaries until my dying day," he said.

By: Gary Willig
(INN)