After the murder and rape of Israeli Ori Ansbacher in February by a Palestinian terrorist, the Israeli government passed a law that deducts monies given to the PA that equals the amount used by them to pay terrorists and their families for carrying out terrorist attacks.
Israel collects taxes from her citizens to be given to the Palestinians for economical purposes. The money used for this nefarious purpose that comes out to roughly 10 million Euros per month. For months the PA did not take any money from Israel in protest, and Abbas was adamant by saying that he will not take anything until that 10 million is reinstated.
Faced with certainly economic collapse, Abbas starting taking the money again in October.
Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs has details about released the PA’s budget for 2018 that was published recently has new details about the allocations to arrested terrorists and the families of those who died or were wounded in the context of the “struggle against Zionism:”
The total PA budget is $5 billion. The amount that supports prisoners is $155 million, out of which $147 million are spent on transfers to the prisoners. These include salaries to 5,000 prisoners, paying Israeli fines for 1,200 prisoners, grants to 1,500 prisoners upon their discharge, grants for 1,200 unemployed released prisoners, delayed payments to 1,000 prisoners, salaries for 5,500 released prisoners, unspecified amounts to released prisoners who spent more than 10 years in jail, canteen expenditures for 6,000 prisoners, and clothing allocations for 5,000 prisoners.
The PA budget for supporting the families of “martyrs” and the wounded is $185 million. This sum is used to make sure that 24,000 families of “martyrs” and wounded who reside inside the “homeland” get a monthly allowance, 13,500 such families who reside outside the “homeland” get a monthly allowance, 375 families get special monetary assistance, 28,000 families get health insurance, and monthly allowances are paid to the victims of the 2014 conflict in Gaza. On top of all this, the budget is used to finance a variety of benefits to the family members (such as going on pilgrimages and exemptions from education tuition).
Additional, unspecified amounts are included in the budget of the PA security forces and are used for paying salaries to members of the security forces who are under arrest for carrying out terror attacks, and to the families of terrorists who died or were injured while they were members of the PA security forces.