Imagine if the London bombers in 2005
had been Palestinian bombers murdering Israelis?
- On July 7, 2005, 4 suicide bombers murdered 52 people and wounded 700 in 4 simultaneous terror attacks in London
- If the London attacks had been carried out by Palestinian terrorists in Jerusalem targeting Israelis, the PA would have paid the families of the suicide bombers a combined total of
- The Palestinian Authority pays salaries to imprisoned terrorists and families of so-called "Martyrs" out of the PA's general budget
- The UK government in 2018 is contributing 20 million pounds to the PA's general budget
By Maurice Hirsch and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
Yesterday was the 13th anniversary of the London bombings on July 7, 2005. On that day, Muslim terrorists detonated three bombs on London's Underground and a fourth on a double-decker bus. In the explosions, 52 people were murdered and over 700 were injured.
Since its creation in 1994, the Palestinian Authority has spent billions of shekels rewarding and incentivizing Palestinian terrorism against Israelis, paying monthly salaries to imprisoned terrorists as well as monthly allowances to the families of the so-called "Martyrs," including suicide bombers.
If the London terrorists had been Palestinians who had carried out equivalent attacks in Jerusalem targeting Israelis, the PA would have already paid the families of the four terrorists a combined total of £142,680 pounds (687,200 shekels).
PA Minister of Education and Higher Education Sabri Saidam announced in November 2017 that the UK government had agreed to pay its annual contribution of 20 million pounds, which is "allocated to support the [PA] general budget of Palestine." [WAFA, official PA news agency, Nov. 25, 2017]
This allocation is only a fraction of the financial support the UK government provides to the PA annually.
In its 2018 budget, the PA allocated 680 million shekels from its general budget, predominantly to pay allowances to the families of thousands of dead Palestinian terrorist "Martyrs," including those who have carried out suicide attacks.
One of the Palestinian families who receives such payments is the family of suicide bomber Wafa Idris who carried out a suicide attack in the heart of Jerusalem in January 2002, murdering one and injuring over 100.
The document approving her "Martyr" status and the PA allocation of the allowance to her family explains that Idris:
"... carried out an act of martyrdom (sic. suicide attack) in occupied Jerusalem (sic. attack was in West Jerusalem) when she blew herself up in a group of Zionists. This led to the death of one of them, to the injury of more than 100 others, and to her death as a Martyr at the site, according to the enemy's media report. The Al-Aqsa Martyr Brigades (Fatah's military wing) claimed responsibility for the attack... She died as a Martyr when she carried out a heroic act against the Zionists in the occupied city of Jerusalem."
[Palestinian Ministry of Welfare
and the Institute of Martyrs and the Wounded, February 2002]
Since it is inconceivable that the UK would fund allowances to the families of the London bombers, one would expect that the UK similarly would reject funding such allowances to Palestinian terrorists.
Following Palestinian Media Watch's exposure of the PA's salaries to terrorists, several countries are taking steps to cancel or limit funding to the PA. Earlier this year, US Congress passed the Taylor Force Act, which conditions US funding of the PA unless the PA abolishes its practice of paying salaries and allowances to terrorists. Last week, Israel's Parliament passed a law to deduct the equivalent sum of the PA's terror salaries from tax revenues that Israel collects for the PA. In addition, Australia decided to end its direct funding to the PA and instead redirect it to the United Nations’ Humanitarian Fund for the Palestinian Territories. In Germany, the mayor of Frankfurt called for similar steps.
The following is a longer excerpt of the article mentioned above:
Headline: "Saidam: Britain has decided to pay its annual contribution of 20 million pounds to support the [PA] general budget"
"[PA] Minister of Education and Higher Education, [Fatah Central Committee Deputy Secretary, and Fatah Revolutionary Council Deputy Secretary] Sabri Saidam announced today (Saturday) [Nov. 25, 2017] that Britain has agreed to pay its annual contribution of 20 million pounds, which is allocated to support the [PA] general budget of Palestine. Part of it will be allocated for the education [sector], as an affirmation of [Britain's] commitment to support this sector and efforts to develop it and improve its accomplishments.
This was said during a phone call that Saidam received from British Minister [of State for the Department for] International Development Alistair Burt. Saidam emphasized that the donors' continued support for the education [sector] proves the confidence in the Palestinian [PA] education system, its efficiency, and its ability to record quality achievements.
He emphasized the importance of continuing this aid, whose goal is to support the education [sector], particularly in the fields that contribute to strengthening the education system."
[WAFA, official PA news agency, Nov. 25, 2017]
Wafa Idris - The first Palestinian female suicide bomber. Belonging to Fatah, she blew herself up on Jaffa Road in central Jerusalem on Jan. 27, 2002, murdering 1 and wounding over 100. As a volunteer for the Palestinian Red Crescent she was able to bypass Israeli security and enter Jerusalem in a Palestinian ambulance.