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In April 2011, the Palestinian Authority Registry published a Government Resolution granting all Palestinian prisoners imprisoned in Israel for security and terror-related offenses a monthly salary from the PA (Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, April 15, 2011). This new resolution, called PA Government Resolution of 2010, numbers 21 and 23, formalized what has long been a PA practice.

The PA defined 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, www.alasra.ps, accessed May 9, 2011)

According to the PA definition, more than 4,500 Palestinian prisoners (as of December 2012) serving time for terror-related offenses are recipients of PA salaries. This means that Palestinians convicted of crimes such as theft do not receive a salary, but Hamas and Fatah terrorist murderers do.

These monthly payments to prisoners are paid from the PA’s general budget and income taxes are paid, as is the case with all other PA salaries (Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 19, 2011). According to the language of the PA regulation as well as PA economic reports on government salaries, the monthly salaries to prisoners range from 2,400 shekels to 12,000 shekels. The PA economic report listed the prisoners’ salaries as part of the PA general salary budget, which includes civil servants, military personnel and others. (Life and the Market, supplement to Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 19, 2011). It was not listed as a social service payment.

The PA’s general budget and salary budget is funded by numerous donor countries. Since 2011, PMW has been documenting that international donors' aid money given for salaries and to the PA general budget pays the salaries of Palestinian terrorists imprisoned in Israel. This is in violation of the letter or spirit of the laws of the funding countries.

Responding to queries from donor countries following PMW reports, the PA told the donor countries that they changed the wording of the law from “salaries” – “ratib”- to “assistance” – “i’ana.” British Minister of State stated in a letter that “we have discussed these issues with the PA at the highest levels” and “the PA has now changed the wording in the Cabinet Decision to unambiguously refer to the payment as assistance – i’ana.’” (Letter from Minister of State Alan Duncan to MP Mike Freer, see report here) However, the PA immediately contradicted what Duncan had claimed, calling it a rumor:

“[Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa] Karake denies rumors about changing salaries (Arabic: rawatib) into social assistance (Arabic: i'anat ijtima'iya)…” [WAFA (the official Palestinian Authority news agency), Dec. 27, 2012]
 
This was likewise corroborated by Prisoners' Club Chairman Qadura Fares, when he announced that the PA had finalized a final version of the law “which considers payments made to prisoners 'salaries,' (Arabic: ratib) to which no other term applies.” [Al-Quds Internet edition, Dec. 27, 2012]

In August 2014, the PA implemented another ruse to evade pressure from international ‎donors. The PA closed the PA Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs and announced the ‎establishment of a new PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, which they claimed ‎would pay the salaries. ‎

However, the PLO Commission was new only in name. The PLO body would have the ‎same responsibilities and pay the exact same amounts of salaries to prisoners; the ‎former PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs, Issa Karake, became the Director of the new ‎PLO Commission and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas retained overall supervision of ‎the PLO Commission. [PNN Palestine News Network (independent Palestinian news agency), Aug. 29, 2014] [Ayjal radio (independent Palestinian station), Aug. 30, 2014] [Official PA TV, May 9, 2015]

Nevertheless, many international donors accepted PA assurances that the PA was no ‎longer paying the salaries to terrorist prisoners. For instance, the Dutch government ‎made this statement in April 2015: ‎

‎“The responsibility for payments to prisoners was transferred to the PLO and will ‎no longer be charged to the budget of the PA, and these [payments to prisoners] ‎are not funded by PA tax revenues or donor funds. The PLO pays such costs ‎from their own income, where the Cabinet has no access.” [Question and ‎Answer session, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, April 22, 2015] ‎
 
Ample evidence contradicts the PA assurances to the Dutch and other donors. These ‎findings are based entirely on information supplied by the PA: ‎

‎- In January 2015, the PA Ministry of Finance announced that the PA budget includes ‎transfer of salaries to prisoners in Israeli jails who were from Gaza. [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, ‎Jan. 6, 2015] This openly contradicts the PA claim that the PA no longer pays salaries ‎to prisoners.‎

‎- When Israel withheld PA tax income in the first months of 2015, the PA announced ‎that prisoners receiving up to 2,000 shekels in salary a month would continue to ‎receive their full salary and those receiving more than 2,000 shekels would only ‎receive 60% of their salary -- the same reduction that was imposed on civil servants. ‎‎[Wattan News Agency, March 5, 2015] Were the PLO paying salaries from Arab donor ‎money and not the PA, Israel's holding up PA money would have no impact on terrorist ‎prisoners’ salaries. Clearly, it is still PA money paying terrorist prisoners’ salaries.‎

To view all PMW reports on PA salaries to terrorist prisoners, click here.

The following section documents all developments related to salaries for ‎Palestinian prisoners imprisoned in Israel:‎

Gazan workers’ salaries too low to encourage young interest in local job market 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Aug. 3, 2016
     Official PA TV program Workers’ Affairs, on the problems of unemployment in Gaza, employment alternatives found by young people in Gaza, and the emigration of young people from the region.
According to PA law, the PA pays competitive salaries to imprisoned Palestinian terrorists that increase
based on the length of time in prison. Through this law, the PA provides a clear reward system for those who commit attacks against Israelis. By contrast, Gazans who work hard to earn academic degrees and cannot find work or receive low salaries are given no comparable reward or support from the PA.
Studio audience member participating in the program Ayoub Al-Qaisi: “There is a problem: Even if there are work opportunities, the salary will be very low. In other words, it takes a young person who finishes studies at the age of 22-23 three to four years afterwards to [find] work in a simple job or as a laborer and to be able to take care of his family’s future.”
Official PA TV host: “A low salary, in other words, what is the range?”
Al-Qaisi: “A daily or monthly salary - the monthly [salary] is roughly 1,000 [Israeli] shekels and the daily salary is around 30 shekels, in other words the [minimum] limit.”
PA Prime Minister: “The [PA] government and PLO institutions... will continue to act to improve the allowances of Martyrs’ families as soon as possible” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 18, 2016
Headline: “[PA Prime Minister Rami] Hamdallah: We will continue to act to improve the allowances of Martyrs’ (Shahids) families”
     “[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah emphasized that the government and PLO institutions involved in the matter will continue to act to improve the allowances of Martyrs’ (Shahids’) families as soon as possible, and that they are acting to ensure that the rights of the Martyrs’ families will not be harmed, even in the shadow of the financial crises and difficulties that are shaking them (i.e., the government and PLO institutions). He emphasized that we will make an effort to improve their living conditions, and that services are continuing to be provided in the homeland and abroad on the basis of justice and equality, with no discrimination. The statements were made while he [Hamdallah] participated in the central fast-breaking mass meal honoring the families of Palestine’s Martyrs, held in Ramallah… The Prime Minister stated: ‘First of all, while we remember today the execution of Martyr commanders Muhammad Jamjoum, Fuad Hijazi, and Ataa Al-Zir in the Acre Prison in 1930, allow me to ask Allah to have mercy on the souls of the Martyrs of Palestine, who are more honored than all of us. [Allow me] to salute with honor and appreciation their family members, with whom we are meeting again today.”

Muhammad Jamjoum, Fuad Hijazi, and Ataa Al-Zir “committed particularly brutal murders [of Jews] at Safed and Hebron,” according to the report by British Government to the League of Nations. They were convicted of attacking British soldiers and murdering Jews in the 1929 Hebron Massacre, in which 65 Jews were murdered. They were executed by the British in 1930.
Released Palestinian prisoners have not received allowances from the PA for the past three years, following international pressure  
Source: Gulf News, May 24, 2016
Headline: "Former Palestinian prisoners ‘deprived of allowances’"
Sub-headline:" Israel and Western countries applying pressure on PNA not to give allowances to ‘terrorists’"
      "Ramallah: Dozens of released Palestinian prisoners who had served decades in Israeli regime jails have not received their allowances for the past three years, said a senior Palestinian official. According to Eisa Qaraqei [Issa Karake, Ed.], who heads the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, the Palestinian consensus government must solve the issue of the long-delayed salaries of the former prisoners with immediate effect. 'Long delays have devastated the lives of many ex-prisoners who served more than 20 years behind Israeli bars,” he told Gulf News. “The longer the salaries are delayed, the more former prisoners and families suffer and find it rather difficult to survive.'...
According to Palestinian law, once a Palestinian is arrested by the Israeli occupation forces, the PNA starts granting him 1,400 Shekels a month; the prisoner’s salary increases to 2,000 Shekels once the prisoner reaches two years in prison, 4,000 Shekels after five years in prison and jumps to 6,000 Shekels when the prisoner reaches ten years in prison. The scheme for those who serve more than five years in Israeli jails even enhances when they are released, but those who are released before five years of imprisonment receive only a financial aid of six months’ allowance as lump sum. No further assistance is given."

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Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs: “Israel and a number of Western countries [are] trying to revoke the prisoners’ financial rights on the pretext that they engaged in ‘terror’... in order to negate their being fighters” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 22, 2016
Headline: “In its new conference – the Prisoners’ Club demands to unite the national discourse regarding the prisoners’ cause”
PMW note: Palestinian Media Watch has presented in US Congress and in many European parliaments its findings on PA rewarding imprisoned terrorists with salaries.
      “During its fifth conference, titled The Late Released Prisoner and Leader Rabiha Dhiab (i.e., former PA Minister of Women’s Affairs who recently died) Session, the Prisoners’ Club emphasized that the national discourse on everything regarding the prisoners’ cause must be united… Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake discussed a number of matters regarding the prisoners, including… the offense being led by Israel and a number of Western countries, who are trying to revoke the prisoners’ financial rights on the pretext that they engaged in ‘terror,’ as they call it, in order to negate their being fighters, in addition to the importance of tendering prisoner leader Marwan Barghouti’s candidacy for the Nobel Peace Prize and the significance inherent in doing so, which can legitimize the Palestinian struggle.”

Marwan Barghouti - serving 5 life sentences for orchestrating three shooting attacks that killed 5 people: one in Jerusalem (June 12, 2001, 1 killed), another in Givat Zeev near Jerusalem (Jan. 15, 2002, 1 killed), and one in Tel Aviv (March 5, 2002, 3 killed). When arrested in 2002, he headed the Tanzim (Fatah terror faction). After he was convicted and imprisoned, he was re-elected member of the Palestinian Authority parliament.
PA Ministry of Finance owes released prisoners 9 million dollars, but isn’t paying them despite Abbas’ decision 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, May 10, 2016
     Headline: "Karake: The sum of the unpaid release grants is 9 million dollars"
"Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that the sum of the release grants due the released prisoners is 9 million dollars, and that the [PA] Ministry of Finance has not paid them in many years, 'which has created a situation of bitterness and anger among the prisoners released from the occupation's prisons.' (Released terrorists who have been imprisoned in Israel more than 5 years continue to receive a salary from the PA upon their release. Terrorists who have served less than five years receive a lump sum upon release. –Ed.)
Karake noted that there are instructions from the president [Mahmoud Abbas], the prime minister [Rami Hamdallah], and the head of the Palestinian National Fund [Ramzi Khoury] to pay the release grants according to the law, but that this has not been done until now.
He explained that about 3,000 male and female prisoners that have been released in recent years – some of whom served more than 15 years – need this grant in order to begin civilized and human lives after long years in prison.
Karake demanded that the relevant bodies regarding this matter 'solve this problem, which has created a negative atmosphere among the released [prisoners].'
Karake spoke of this during a meeting with released prisoners in the Nablus district and visits he made to a number of released prisoners in the Tulkarem district."
Abbas confirms main charge of PMW's new report - that the PA is still paying salaries to terrorists - in meeting with Norwegian Foreign Minister 
Source: Dagen (Norway), May 4, 2016
Headline: “The support program for prisoners is unacceptable”
“In a meeting with [PA President] Mahmoud Abbas, Norway's Foreign Minister Børge Brende stressed that the current support program for prisoners should be abolished.
Foreign Minister Brende (Conservatives) is on a new tour of the Middle East. Tuesday afternoon and evening, he had meetings first with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and then with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah...
‘In the meeting, I emphasized that this support program in which financial payments are increased the [longer] the prisoners serve time [in prison], is unacceptable and should be abolished. I emphasized that with the political and economic challenges that Palestinians now face, it is in their own best interest to abolish this program,’ says Brende.
Abbas responded by repeating assurances that Norwegian funds are not going to finance the program. This is something Brende too continues to emphasize.
‘Norwegian support to Palestine goes to state building and institutional development, which everyone is interested in continuing. This is also stressed by the Israeli authorities,’ said the Foreign Minister to Dagen.”
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PMW report on PA salaries to terrorists debated in Norway. Norway’s Foreign Ministry knows the PA still pays salaries, MPs object 
Source: NRK TV (Norway), Apr. 24, 2016

NRK TV reporter Tormod Strand: "Malki [Roth] only reached the age of 15 because a Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up at this pizza shop in Jerusalem in 2001. 15 civilians were murdered. The person responsible for making the bomb, Abdallah Barghouti, is imprisoned in an Israeli jail. Palestine honors hundreds of Palestinian prisoners, among them many terrorists, with a monthly salary. Every month, Abdallah Barghouti receives about ten thousand Norwegian kroner from Palestine. The worse the terror, the higher salary the prisoners receive. NRK TV reported on [PMW's report] about this [PA] program in 2013, and that the money was being paid by the PA. Norway gives 200 million kroner to Palestine annually, and demanded along with other donor countries that the program be stopped. In 2014, Palestine’s President Mahmoud Abbas gave in to the pressure, and said that the program would be stopped. Now it was the PLO, the Palestine Liberation Organization, that would be paying money to prisoners, with the help of Arab donors. He [Itamar Marcus] heads Palestinian Media Watch, an Israeli organization on the right that monitors Palestinian media. Palestinian Media Watch claims in a report that the PLO is only a cover to appease Norway and other donor countries and that the PA continues to pay money to terrorists in prison."
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PMW salary report leads Congressman to condemn PA salary rewards to terrorists 
Source: House Committee on Foreign Affairs' website, Apr. 13, 2016

Congressman Ed Royce: "For some years now you have a system [in the PA] where basically there's been an inducement to pay human assassins to seek out innocent people and kill them, and then a stipend is given for the time that those [Palestinian] individuals serve in custody [in Israeli prisons] for their crime... You were before the committee before [April 2014] and were asked about this and at the time you indicated, 'well that is being,' what were your words at the time, I think, 'phased out' ... There's a stipend upon a stipend if you're an Israeli [Arab] and commit an act against another Israeli. This is a very perverse creation. Unbelievably perverse. And I'd like your response there. And second... Did you know they [the PA] were going to simply transfer this to the PLO? In that sense, they were phasing it off their books, but they weren't phasing it out. They were simply disguising the funding..."
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PLO Commission of Prisoners: 40 Palestinians serving over 20 years in Israeli prisons 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 13, 2016
Headline: “Forty prisoners are serving more than 20 years in the occupation’s prisons”
     “According to a report published by the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs, 40 prisoners are serving more than 20 years in the occupation’s prisons, the veterans among them being Karim Younes and Maher Younes, who have served 34 consecutive years in the occupation’s prisons, and Nael Barghouti who served 35 years and was rearrested after being released in the Shalit [prisoner exchange] deal.”

Karim Younes - an Israeli Arab serving a 40-year sentence for kidnapping and killing Israeli soldier Avraham Bromberg in 1980 together with his cousin Maher Younes. Originally sentenced to life in prison, but Israeli President Shimon Peres reduced his sentence in 2012.

Maher Younes - an Israeli Arab serving a 40-year sentence for kidnapping and killing an Israeli soldier in 1980 together with his cousin Karim Younes. Originally sentenced to life in prison, but Israeli President Shimon Peres reduced his sentence in 2012.

Nael and Fakhri Barghouti were part of a Fatah squad who kidnapped and killed an Israeli officer in 1978. They are serving life sentences for this killing.

In October 2011, the Israeli government agreed to release 1,027 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli prison in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been held hostage by Hamas for more than 5 years.
Over 7,000 Palestinians are in Israeli prisons and detention centers, of which 400 are children, 67 women, etc. 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 12, 2016
Headline: “Announcement of Prisoner’s Day events”
     “In the occupation’s prisons and detention and interrogation centers more than 7,000 Palestinians are rotting away, among them 30 [arrested] before the Oslo [Accords] and who were meant to be released, 400 children, 67 women, 750 administrative detainees, 6 parliament members, and 700 sick prisoners.”
US Congress blocks $159 million in aid to the PA  
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Mar. 20, 2016
Headline: "US Congress blocks $159 million in aid to PA"
"Members of the United States Congress are delaying a payment of $159 million in aid allocated for the Palestinian Authority in effort to pressure the PA to relaunch negotiations with Israel, the PLO ambassador to Washington said Saturday.
Maen Erekat confirmed earlier reports that the US Congress was blocking the payment at the request of House Republican Kay Granger, the Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State-Foreign Operations, under the pretext that the PA supports 'terrorism.' The Obama administration allocated $440 million in aid to Palestinians for 2015, including $131 million for economic and development projects by USAID and $70 million for PA agencies and security agencies, while $80 million in aid was deducted following Israeli criticism of 'incitement' by the PA last October. Erekat added that some 'pro-Israel' Congress members are continuing to pressure the PA to relaunch diplomatic negotiations with Israel, and prevent Palestinians from joining international organizations and conventions."

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PA presidency objects to Iranian money for prisoners – all prisoners` funds required to go through the PLO 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 27, 2016
Headline: “The presidency: We know nothing about Iranian money that will be paid to prisoners or those whose homes were demolished by the occupation”
     “Presidential Spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina stated yesterday [Feb. 27, 2016]: ‘We do not know anything about Iranian money that will be paid to Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli prisons or to those whose homes (i.e., homes of terrorists) were demolished by the occupation forces, and we were not informed about this matter.’
Abu Rudeina continued: ‘The Palestinian presidency objects to any attempt to bypass it in this matter. Likewise, it insists that the PLO is the legal representative and the Palestinian people’s main and sole address, and that the organization did not take long in providing assistance and alleviating our people’s suffering, despite its limited capabilities, and objects to trading in this suffering.”
PA TV describes how 12-year-old girl caught with knife asked for money for canteen at sentencing  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 25, 2016
Official PA TV program Giants of Endurance on detention of minors

The reporter in the program talks about a 12-year-old girl named Dima Al-Wawi who entered a Jewish settlement with a knife, and was sentenced to 4.5 months in prison. The reporter recounts that during the girl’s trial she was seen making a V gesture for victory with her fingers and telling the judge that she wants 200 shekels to shop in the prison canteen.

Official PA TV reporter: “When the occupation court’s judge sentenced Dima Al-Wawi, 12, to 4.5 months in prison and an 8,000 shekels fine, after she was charged with possessing a knife on the 9th of this month [Feb. 2016], Dima was playing with her hair and arranging it in the courtroom so that she would look prettier… this way [reporter making a V gesture for victory], Dima signaled to her mother in the courtroom. The judge wrote down: ‘She signaled the sign of victory.’ She replied: ‘I want 200 shekels to shop in the [prison] canteen.’”

Note: In addition to monthly salaries, prisoners receive monthly allowances from the Palestinian Authority to purchase goods in the prison canteen.
Ex-prisoner demands higher rank and salary from Abbas 
Source: Al-Quds, Feb. 22, 2016
     Headline: “Palestinian fighter entreats the president [Abbas] to give him his due”
“Citizen Jamal Al-Huzaibi, a past prisoner sentenced to life, expelled, and suffering from limited mobility and speech problems since 1983, entreated President Mahmoud Abbas to implement his decision to give him the rank of brigadier general, his due according to Palestinian law. It should be noted that Al-Huzaibi was arrested in 1983 after carrying out a military operation (i.e., terror attack) which led to the death of an Israeli settler, and Al-Huzaibi was sentenced to life imprisonment.

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Abbas meets with families of terrorists, ‎promises to compensate those whose ‎homes were destroyed by Israel 
Source: Al-Araby Al-Jadeed (UK Arab news website), Feb. 4, 2016
Headline: "Abbas promises to ‎compensate the families of the ‎Jerusalem Martyrs for their homes"‎
     Sources in the Jerusalem Martyrs' ‎‎(Shahids') families and in the National ‎Campaign to Return the Bodies of the ‎Martyrs (Shahids) confirmed that ‎President Mahmoud Abbas promised to ‎compensate the Jerusalem Martyrs' ‎families for their homes, which the ‎occupation forces demolished or ‎damaged. The sources confirmed that ‎President Mahmoud Abbas ordered his ‎assistants to begin the procedures to ‎compensate the Martyrs' families for ‎seven homes. Two of them were ‎demolished after the outbreak of the ‎popular ‘Rage [of Jerusalem] Uprising’: ‎The home of Martyr Baha Alyan, and the ‎home of Martyr Alaa Abu Jamal, into ‎which they poured cement, while five of ‎the homes that were demolished ‎belonged to Martyrs and people who ‎carried out operations (i.e., terror attacks) ‎before the October 2015 uprising.‎
President Mahmoud Abbas met ‎yesterday [Feb. 3, 2016] with a few family ‎members of Jerusalem Martyrs, among ‎them the fathers of Martyrs Baha Alyan, ‎Ahmad Abu Sha'aban, and Alaa Abu ‎Jamal, the father and cousin of Martyr ‎Hassan Manasrah, and [the fathers of ‎the Martyrs] Thaer Abu Ghazaleh, ‎Muhammad Abu Nimr, and Mutaz ‎Awisat…‎
Advisor to the president [Mahmoud ‎Abbas] on Jerusalem matters Ahmed Al-‎Ruweidi stated to Al-Arabi Al-Jadid: ‎‎'President Mahmoud Abbas shows great ‎interest in the matter of the Jerusalem ‎Martyrs' bodies, which the occupation ‎state is holding on to. He has already ‎raised the matter more than once in ‎international forums."‎

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Op-ed in PA daily responds to Israeli criticism of international aid for terrorists: The world owes the Palestinians money for enabling Israel’s establishment, majority of aid money goes to PA salaries 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 3, 2016
Headline: “Hotovely and the baseless questions”
Op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, columnist for official PA daily
      “Israeli Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Hotovely published an article last week in the American Wall Street Journal, titled ‘Where Does All That Aid for Palestinians Go.’ [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s deputy wondered where the aid funds have gone that have been given to the Palestinians over the past 22 years, and which have amounted to 21 billion US dollars in the form of development aid from 1993 to 2013, according to the World Bank... Hotovely’s article misleads world public opinion, turns the facts upside down, incites, and blackens the image of the Palestinian leadership and Palestinian fighters... If we consider each point [of the article] that appears in the American magazine separately, we will notice the following things: First, the Israeli extremist [Hotovely] ignores or pretends not to know that the funds of the donor countries are the minimum that the international community owes the Palestinians, and Europe in particular, which contributed to the establishment of the State of Israel on the ruins of the Nakba (i.e., 'the catastrophe,' Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) of the Palestinian people in 1948. Secondly, she ignored the fact that the majority of the total funds received by the PA over 20 years were used for salaries of the PA’s civil and military employees.”
38 Palestinian prisoners have served more than 20 years in prison; 504 are serving life sentences 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 21, 2016
Headline: “38 prisoners served more than 20 years in the occupation’s prisons”
     “The [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs stated yesterday [Jan. 21, 2016] in a report that the number of prisoners who have served more than 20 years in the occupation’s prisons has risen to 38 prisoners, most of them sentenced to life, and 14 of them from among residents of the territories occupied in 1948 (i.e., Israel). The commission noted that the veteran prisoners are Karim Younes, arrested on Jan. 6, 1983, and Maher Younes, arrested on Jan. 18, 1983. The commission said that the number of prisoners sentenced to life sentences has risen to 504 prisoners.”

Karim Younes - an Israeli Arab serving a 40-year sentence for kidnapping and killing Israeli soldier Avraham Bromberg in 1980 together with his cousin Maher Younes. Originally sentenced to life in prison, but Israeli President Shimon Peres reduced his sentence in 2012.

Maher Younes - an Israeli Arab serving a 40-year sentence for kidnapping and killing an Israeli soldier in 1980 together with his cousin Karim Younes. Originally sentenced to life in prison, but Israeli President Shimon Peres reduced his sentence in 2012.
PLO organization approves list of “Martyrs,” pays allowances to families of terrorists 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 13, 2016
Headline: "The National Gathering of Palestine Families: The number of Martyrs of the uprising is 153"
     "The National Gathering of Palestine Families (literally The National Association of the Families of the Martyrs of Palestine) announced yesterday that as of the day before [Jan. 11, 2016] the number of Martyrs of the popular uprising is 153 male and female Martyrs. Secretary-General of the association Muhammad Sbeihat said that… the body that approves Martyrs is the institution that takes care of the families of Martyrs and wounded, and it is an official body under the PLO, and not the [PA] Ministry of Health, which carries out its professional task according to the PA's laws and regulations... Secretary-General of the association Sbeihat clarified that the institution to take care of the families of Martyrs and injured approves all the Martyrs of the Palestinian cause, whether they are from within the homeland or from the Diaspora, without any reference to their belonging or political leanings, and gives them monthly allowances. He emphasized that this also includes families of the Martyrs in Jerusalem and the interior (i.e., Israel) who even receive a special supplement of 300 shekels, due to the difference in the cost of living."

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PLO director of Prisoners’ Affairs urges PA to pay grants to released prisoners and announces that Abbas issued order to pay them 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 17, 2015
Headline: "Karake demands that the government pay the accumulated release grants to released prisoners"
      "Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake reiterated his demand that the government and treasury pay the release grants of thousands of released prisoners, who have been released in recent years, and were not paid these grants as determined by law… He said that it is important that every prisoner who is released receive aid, however minimal, in order to begin his life after his stay in prison, and because it is the law. However, unfortunately, these grants have accumulated over the years, and reached more than 6 million dollars, which has created a serious crisis and raised doubts among the released [prisoners]. Likewise, Karake said that President Mahmoud Abbas issued orders to pay these grants and set a timetable for them, according to financial abilities, because every prisoner needs money after being released. Karake noted that many of the released served more than 10 years, some of them need treatment, and others wish to marry, and they urgently need the grants. Karake clarified that among the released there is an atmosphere of bitterness and stress, and that the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs has turned to all relevant bodies in order to speed up their payment, but has received no response."
Abbas partially funds housing project in ‎Bethlehem district for terrorists serving ‎life sentences in Israel 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 17, 2015
Headline: “Hamdallah lays the corner ‎stone for the ‘Hope Neighborhood’ ‎building project meant for prisoners ‎serving life sentences, and announces ‎that the government will provide $200,000 ‎for the project”‎
     ‎“[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah laid ‎the cornerstone for the ‘Hope ‎Neighborhood’ housing project in the ‎village of Al-Ubeidiya in the Bethlehem ‎district, which is meant for prisoners ‎serving life sentences [in Israel] and ‎which will serve about 120 life prisoners ‎in Bethlehem and the Hebron district. He ‎announced government aid of $200,000 ‎for the housing project…‎ Hamdallah said to those present… ‘I am ‎very proud to be here today among the ‎families of our brave prisoners, freedom ‎prisoners, in order to lay the cornerstone ‎of the ‘Hope Neighborhood’ housing ‎project, which is meant for life prisoners ‎and it is the first national project of its type ‎in the homeland.’‎ [...] ‎Hamdallah clarified: ‘This building project ‎is based on an exceptional national idea, ‎and a strong message – we will not give ‎up on the prisoners’ release, and we will ‎protect them until they again embrace ‎freedom. The Amman charity organization ‎and the Committee for Life Prisoners’ ‎Families in Bethlehem are carrying out ‎‎[the project], with a $150,000 grant from ‎the Arab League. The remaining cost of ‎the land was covered by President ‎Mahmoud Abbas, who also decided to ‎completely exempt the project from ‎licenses.”‎

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