|Terrorists with money on their minds. The face |
above is of the interviewer [Image Source: Palestinian Media Watch]
On Monday in Washington, Victoria Nuland, the spokesperson for the United States Department of State, articulated in the clearest way where the US administration stands on delivering gifts to the Mahmoud Abbas regime, the one that is in control of sections of the entity called by many the State of Palestine. She was addressing a daily press briefing:
[W]e think it’s very, very important that they remain effective in supporting the needs of the Palestinian people... So we’re continuing to work through this. I would simply say that the Secretary [of State, meaning John Kerry, in his second week in office] feels extremely strongly that it is time now to get this support to the Palestinian Authority.”Ms Nuland was speaking about the US giving funds to the PA, the body which officially renamed itself "the State of Palestine" a few weeks ago.
She had spoken about the value of handing money to the Abbas regime just a few days earlier as well - on the previous Friday, February 8 in that day's press briefing:
We are working with Congress to ensure U.S. support for the Palestinians, including $495.7 million in FY 2012 assistance that was notified in April 2012 and $200 million in FY 2013 direct budget support that was notified last week. Our view remains that our assistance to the Palestinian people is an essential part of the U.S. commitment to a negotiated two-state solution for Palestinians and Israelis, promoting a comprehensive peace in the Middle East. It is in the interest not only of the Palestinians, but of Israel and the United States as well, to ensure these efforts continue as they help to build a more democratic, stable and secure region.We're not well placed to speak about what's good for the USA or for the Palestinians, though we don't lack opinions. We also refrain from criticizing the government of our own country in relation to its sending money to Mahmoud Abbas and his cronies. (Ask us and we'll explain why.)
The point of raising here, again, this issue of money being handed over to the Palestinian Arabs in their various configurations is to remind decent people of what is done with it in reality. It's a murky and very disturbing picture. The facts are out there, but you might be surprised at how little they are known, and how little attention the politicians pay to them.
It's a matter that has been on our minds for years. Look for instance at what we wrote in "6-Oct-06: Crying Poor: The Terror-Laden Rise and Rise of the Palestinian National Payroll", whose opening paragraph was:
Don't be offended. But if you're a European who cares about what's being done with the taxes you pay to your government, the Palestinians are playing you for a fool. Not just you alone, but also your government, your politicians and your public-sector watchdogs.There are some startling revelations there that, in most cases, are even truer now, though now the evidence is easier to see - for those who want to see it.
Thanks to our friends at Palestinian Media Watch and Love of the Land for alerting us to a revealing video clip from official PA Television that aired last March. The on-camera presenter is interviewing a released Palestinian Arab former-prisoner who is proud to talk openly about the acts of terrorism he executed. He's open about this because he has money on his mind. Here's the transcript (the PA TV video clip itself can be seen here):
PA TV host: "With us is Iyad Abu Khaizaran. Good evening." [Iyad Abu Khaizaran was a member of Islamic Jihad when he was sentenced to a life term plus 25 years in 1991 for the murder by stabbing of a 76 year old Jewish man, Shlomo Yahya, in the Tel Aviv suburbs. He walked free in the Shalit Transaction in 2011, and recently married.]
Iyad Abu Khaizaran: "Since the day we were released from prison, we have been given [only] half a salary... We killed Jews. I personally killed Jews. I killed settlers and I injured soldiers. My house was destroyed. I have 11 bullets in my body. I served 22 years in Israeli prisons."
Host: "Did you, like the other [prisoners], receive salaries in the prisons?"
Abu Khaizaran: "Yes. Since around the year 2000, [the salaries] became organized."
Host: "In other words, from 2000, did all the organizations, without exception, whether it was Fatah or Hamas, supporters of Abbas or not supporters of Abbas, receive salaries or not? Tell the truth openly."
Abu Khaizaran: "Yes, yes they did."
|Abu Khaizaran: Angry convicted killer who wonders |
where the money has gone [Image Source]
"His salary from the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority, he said, doesn’t even cover the taxes levied on his family land in Tubas."
He demonstrates that money is a significant dimension to the kill-elderly-Jews experience. More people should listen to him.
So how significant should this be to us? We say: very. Political figures like Ms Nuland of the State Department and those whose policies she represents will say differently, just as their European equivalents have been saying differently since the evidence first began to emerge a decade ago of the essential role their contributions have made to the ongoing tragedies that have embittered the lives of so many Jewish and Israeli families.
There's a real need to remind whoever wants to understand the depressing reality of how Palestinian Arab terrorism gets subsidized and rewarded by money from Western sources. This is because innocent and trusting taxpayers are being made to fund awful outcomes without appreciating how this happens. There is a great deal of evidence online and also plenty of contextual material that - for the most part - continues to be ignored by those in power.
- 6-Oct-06: Crying Poor: The Terror-Laden Rise and Rise of the Palestinian National Payroll
- 11-Nov-06: So... Just How Broke Are The Palestinian Arabs, Really?
- 20-May-11: Rewarding the Palestinian Arab terrorists: is this being done in your name?
- 28-Jul-11: Taxpayer-funded salaries to convicted Palestinian Arab terrorists. What a good idea.
- 6-May-12: Are the Palestinians getting the freedom, the funding, the support that they demand from the United States? Yes and no.
- 4-Sep-12: Where's the shame? How much of your tax dollars went to fund the pension of our child's murderer? More than you probably thought [This post deals particularly with how the "cash-strapped" PA spends $4.5 million each and every month paying Palestinian Arab terrorists serving sentences in Israeli jails]
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