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Tuesday, September 04, 2012
PA to pay salaries to all terrorists in Israeli prisons
Financial aid from many donor countries
goes directly to PA budget from which salaries are paid
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
A law published in the official Palestinian Authority Registry last
month grants all Palestinians and Israeli Arabs imprisoned in Israel for
terror crimes a monthly salary from the PA. The Arabic word the PA uses
for this payment is "ratib," meaning "salary." Palestinian Media Watch
has reported numerous times on Palestinian Authority glorification of
terrorists serving time in Israeli prisons. Following the signing of
this new law, the PA is now paying a salary to these prisoners.
The PA has defined by law which Palestinians would be considered "prisoners."
"Anyone imprisoned in the occupation's [Israel's] prisons as a result of
his participation in the struggle against the occupation."
[Ch. 1 of Law of Prisoners, 2004/19,
passed and published by the PA Chairman and Government, December 2004.
The Prisoners' Center for Studies, www.alasra.ps, Accessed May 9, 2011]
In other words, all Palestinians in Israeli prisons for terror crimes
officially join the PA payroll. According to the definition in the PA
law, Palestinian car thieves in Israeli prisons will not receive a
salary, but Hamas and Fatah terrorist murderers will.
The PA also gives a salary to Israeli Arabs convicted of terror crimes
against Israel - the country of which they are citizens. PA benefits to
Israeli Arab terrorists, in fact, are greater than the ones extended to
Those serving more than 20-year sentences will receive a greater PA
salary than prisoners serving shorter sentences, the new PA law
establishes. Salaries are to be paid from the day of arrest until
5,500 Palestinian prisoners are currently serving time in Israeli
prisons for terror-related offenses. Among those now eligible are
Abdullah Barghouti, serving 67 life sentences; Hassan Salameh, serving
38 life sentences; and Jamal Abu Al-Hijja, serving nine life sentences,
all of whom are imprisoned for planning suicide bombings. These three
terrorists were recently called "heroic" by the official PA daily (see
full article below.)
Funding by donor nations could enable payment of salaries to terrorists: The new PA law stipulates that payment of salaries "will be implemented... on the basis of available sources of funding." Accordingly, when the PA is short of cash for salaries, the salaries to the prisoners will be cut.
The PA has reported that the US, the EU, France, Britain, Ireland,
Norway, Japan, India and the World Bank have all given money to the PA
for its general budget in 2010-2011 (see donor country chart with
Such direct funding could be part of the "available sources" for
terrorist salaries, or could free money elsewhere in the PA budget that
could be used for these salaries.
The list is not exhaustive as it relies solely on reports in the
official PA daily. The PA receives financial aid from many other donors
Recently, the EU announced the transfer of 45 million euros to the PA for salaries:
"Some EUR 45 million of the funds from
today's decision will go towards salaries and pensions of vital workers,
mainly doctors, nurses and teachers."
Accessed May 9, 2011]
In November 2010, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the
transfer of an additional grant to the PA's general budget:
"After the transfer of the $150 million,
the sum which the American administration will have transferred as
direct budgetary aid to the PA for 2010 totals $225 million."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 11, 2010]
Although the EU, US and other donors are not intentionally funding
salaries for terrorists, their funding of other PA salaries and the
budget makes money available in the general budget to pay terrorist
This Palestinian Authority law was enacted before the recent Fatah-Hamas
reconciliation agreement. It was published in the official PA Registry
on April 13, 2011.
The purpose of the PA salary: 1- A monthly salary to the prisoners while in prison "to provide for the needs of prisoners within Israeli prisons"
2- Additional benefits for released prisoners
3- Additional benefits for prisoners' families
4- Additional clause mandates funding "for the prisoners' legal needs"
Recipients: All prisoners involved in terror:
- All prisoners no matter what their crime or what their
political/terror group affiliation receive the same monthly base
salaries from the PA. According to a report from the PA Ministry of
Prisoners, 792 prisoners are currently serving life sentences in Israeli
prisons. They all now receive a PA salary.
- The salary goes directly to the terrorist or the terrorist's family.
- The prisoners receive their salary from the time of arrest.
- Married prisoners receive additional pay, as well as those with children.
- Arabs from Jerusalem and Israeli Arabs who are imprisoned for terror
offenses, get an additional supplement of 300 New Israeli Shekels (NIS)
and 500 NIS respectively.
Funding: - The PA law stipulates that the salaries are dependent on the PA having available cash.
The following is the article in the PA daily describing the new law:
"[Ali Abu Diak,] Secretary of the Central
Bureau of the Prisoners' Movement, presented a concise review of the
regulations [concerning prisoners] published in vol. 90 of the official
PA [Government] Registry, published on April 13, 2011 as follows:
1. Government resolution #19 of 2010...:
A released prisoner will be exempt from tuition fees at government
schools and universities if he served a period of five years or more in
prison. A released female prisoner who served at least three years in
prison will be exempt from tuition fees at government schools and
universities. These prisoners are entitled to transfer the exemption to
one of their children, or to their spouse...
The Palestinian Authority is committed to providing the opportunity for
academic study for prisoners in Israeli prisons, by covering all study
expenses for all stages of university study available to prisoners.
A prisoner's children will be exempt from 80% of university tuition fees
if the prisoner was sentenced to at least 20 years and has been in
prison for at least 5 years. Children of female prisoners will be exempt
from 80% of university tuition fees if the prisoner was sentenced to at
least 10 years, and has served as least 3 years.
Every released prisoner will be exempt from governmental health
insurance if he served at least 5 years in prison, and for female
prisoners - at least 3 years. ...
2. Government resolution #21 of 2010, concerning the regulation to provide the needs of prisoners within Israeli prisons:
a. Every prisoner will be paid a uniform sum linked to the cost of living index, as a monthly expenditure ...
b. Every prisoner will be paid a uniform sum of 400 [Israeli] Shekels
for clothing. The sum will be paid twice a year, and will be added to
the prisoner's salary...
3. Government resolution # 22 of 2010, concerning the regulation to provide the prisoners' legal needs...
4. Government resolution # 23 of 2010 concerning the regulation to pay a monthly salary to the prisoner:
Every prisoner will be granted a monthly salary, to be paid to him or to
his family, on condition that he does not receive a salary from a
[different] governmental or semi-governmental body or official
institution... The salary will be paid to the prisoner from the date of
his arrest, and a special supplement will be paid to prisoners from
Jerusalem and from the Interior [i.e., Israeli Arabs]; a spousal
supplement will be paid, and a special supplement for children up to the
age of 18...
The minimum salary for a prisoner, to be paid to him from the beginning
of his detention and for up to 3 years, is 1400 Shekels. Prisoners who
have been imprisoned between 3 and 5 years will be paid 2,000 Shekels.
Those imprisoned between 5 and 10 years will be paid 4,000 Shekels.
Those imprisoned between 10 and 15 years will be paid 6,000 Shekels.
Those imprisoned between 15 and 20 years will be paid 7,000 Shekels.
Those imprisoned between 20 and 25 years will be paid 8,000 Shekels.
Those imprisoned between 25 and 30 years will be paid 10,000 Shekels.
Those who have been imprisoned 30 years or more will be paid 12,000
A supplement of 300 Shekels will be added to the salary of every married
prisoner, as well as a supplement for children up to the age of 18 in
the amount of 50 Shekels for every boy or girl, in addition to a
supplement for prisoners from Jerusalem in the amount of 300 Shekels,
and a supplement for prisoners from the Interior [i.e., Israeli Arabs]
in the amount of 500 Shekels ...
These regulations will be implemented from Jan. 1, 2011, on the basis of available sources of funding."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, April 15, 2011]
List of donor countries who contribute to PA's general budget
The list includes only those contributions reported in the PA press, and
which were designated to the PA's general budget in 2010 or 2011. The
list does not include the many other contributions made to the PA by
these and other donor countries:
158.5 million euros
Al-Hayat Al- Jadida, January 20, 2010
60 million British pounds
Al-Ayyam, February 11, 2010
10 million dollars
Al-Hayat Al- Jadida, April 26, 2010
53 million dollars
Al-Hayat Al- Jadida, June 18, 2010
23 million euros
Al-Hayat Al- Jadida, June 22, 2010
40 million dollars
Al-Hayat Al- Jadida, October 1, 2010
18.5 million dollars
Al-Hayat Al- Jadida, October 25, 2010
41.4 million euros
Al-Hayat Al- Jadida, October 28, 2010
30 million British pounds
Al-Hayat Al- Jadida, October 28, 2010
225 million dollars
Al-Hayat Al- Jadida, November 11, 2010
1.5 million euros
Al-Hayat Al- Jadida, November 15, 2010
11.9 million dollars
Al-Hayat Al- Jadida, December 28, 2010
The following is the report in the official PA daily calling prisoners "heroic":
"Family members of prisoners expressed
heartfelt thanks to the directorate and staff of Voice of the Prisoners
Radio, via the program 'On Birds' Wings', which is broadcast on Voice of
the Prisoners. This [thanks] was due to the significant positive effect
[of the station] on the mental state of the prisoners and their
families, and especially the family members of prisoners who are not
allowed visits. The families of the prisoners told the Prisoners' Center
for Studies that Voice of the Prisoners, [at] FM 107.9, represents an
extremely important struggle and breaks the will of the prison guard in
the face of the determination of the Palestinian people, which invents
all methods of resistance, first and foremost the role of the media,
considering the occupation's violations against the prisoners, and
especially the withholding of visits for more than four years. The
families of prisoners in solitary confinement, first and foremost the
family of the prisoner Commander Ahmad Sa'adat, and the heroic prisoners Abbas and Abdallah Barghouti, Mahmoud Issa, Jamal Abu Al-Haija, Hassan Salameh and others, said that their sons wait for the program 'On Birds' Wings'."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, April 13, 2011]
Abdallah Barghouti - sentenced to 67 life sentences for involvement
in terror attacks in which 66 Israelis were murdered - Sbarro restaurant
(Aug. 9, 2001), Moment Café (March 9, 2002), and the triple attack at
the Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall (Dec. 1, 2001).
Jamal Abu Al-Hijja - 9 life sentences for involvement in suicide attacks
in Hadera shopping mall (Oct. 26, 2005) and at Herzl Street in Netanya
(Dec. 5, 2005)
Hassan Salameh - 38 life sentences. Was head of the terror
infrastructure which carried out 2 attacks on no. 18 buses in Jerusalem
(First attack on Feb. 25, 1996. Second attack on March 3, 1996), and the
attack at the Ashkelon Junction hitchhike point (Feb. 25, 1996).
Mahmoud Issa - serving 3 life sentences. Member of the squad that
kidnapped and murdered Israeli soldiers, including Nissim Toledano (Dec.
PMW has not been able to find any information concerning Abbas Barghouti.
Excerpt from EU's announcement of additional aid to the PA:
"EU Commission approves additional € 85 million in support for Palestinian people in 2011"
"Summary: The European Commission has today decided to provide an
additional financial package worth EUR 85 million for the occupied
Palestinian territory under the 2011 budget. This comes in addition to
the € 100 million already approved from European Neighbourhood and
Some EUR 45 million of the funds from today's decision will go towards
salaries and pensions of vital workers, mainly doctors, nurses and
teachers. A further EUR 40 million will be allocated for social
allowances to vulnerable Palestinian families. These funds come in
addition to the EUR 60 million provided to the Palestinian Authority
(PA) and the EUR 40 million provided to United Nations Relief and Works
Agency (UNRWA) at the beginning of the year. At the request of Prime
Minister Fayyad these funds have been advanced by an accelerated
procedure in order to meet the Authority's urgent financial needs and to
respect the EU's commitment to being a regular and reliable donor."