This rejection by the PA has significance beyond the financial issue, as it shows the ideological divide between Western donors and the PA. While the Western world views the killing of civilians as murder and terror, the PA sees Palestinians' killing of civilians as heroic and deserving of financial reward. As the PA minister said: "These [prisoners] are heroes... We appreciate the people of the revolution and are proud of them."
On numerous occasions, the PA has stressed that PA salaries to terrorist prisoners and released prisoners are like all other government and civil servant salaries. One example was when Chairman of the Prisoners' Club Qadura Fares confirmed in a PA TV interview that prisoners receive salaries along with government employees:
So when the EU transferred 11 million euros to the PA this month to pay the salaries of PA government employees, it directly or indirectly facilitated the payments of millions of euros in salaries to Palestinian terrorist prisoners and released prisoners.