The Palestinian Authority pays about $355 million a year in monetary rewards to terrorists, despite international criticism and condemnation. The director of the Palestinian Authority’s Prisoners Affairs Commission, Qadri Abu Bakr, has emphasized that the practice will continue.
In statements recorded by Palestinian Media Watch, Abu Bakr said the leadership led by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will continue to support compensation for terrorists, prisoners and their families and “will not succumb to Israeli and U.S. pressure to suspend payments and subsidies to martyrs and prisoners.
Abu Bakr also expressed his “pride in the prisoners, who did not hesitate to sacrifice years of their lives for the freedom of the country,” and recalled the Palestinian Authority president’s comment that Palestinian terrorists and murderers are “stars in the sky.
According to studies, about 44 percent of the funds the Palestinian Authority receives from foreign donors is used to reward terrorism. The U.S. Senate passed the Taylor Force Act last March to freeze funds to the Palestinian Authority used to reward terrorists.
Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, said last month: “By Allah, if we had only one cent to spare, it would be used to pay the families of martyrs and prisoners, and only then would it be spent on the rest of the people”.