24 August 2011 0 Comments

Earmarks for Terrorism: US Taxpayer Finances Terrorists’ Salaries – Palestinian Authority Taxpayer Subsidies

The brilliantly insightful Jonathan Tobin, American and Zionist draws out attention to Israeli Itamar Marcus’ Palestinian Media Watch’s recent report on what is a perplexing and upsetting use of American Taxpayer money: to pay terrorists which, inevitably means, promoting terrorism. As the US debates a selective shutdown of programs, subsidies and expenditures, this may be a place to start.

US Taxpayer “employees”

” But the outlay of funds to the Palestinians may become even more toxic after the release of a report by a media watch organization¬†detailing the payment of salaries from the U.S.-funded PA to imprisoned terrorists.

The report from Palestinian Media Watch, an Israeli-based organization that monitors the Palestinian media and culture, said that more than 5,500 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails are getting salaries from the PA.¬† Though Palestinians held by Israel on charges of terrorism have always received stipends from the PA, the practice was formalized this past April when a new law to that effect was promulgated. The law was reported in the Palestinian official press but went unnoticed by the international media. Given that the United States gives more than $600 million to the Palestinians each year, including $225 million that goes directly to the PA, the payment of these salaries is a violation of U.S. law.”


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