Palestinian Authority pays $1.2 million to convicted terror bombers

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By Maurice Hirsch —

Bombing of cafeteria at Hebrew University at lunch time in 2002

Seventeen years ago a bomb was detonated in the Hebrew University cafeteria in Jerusalem murdering nine people, including five American citizens, and injuring over 80 others. This attack was one of many terror attacks carried out by the same terrorist cell.

Six Palestinians were convicted of the crime and sentenced to multiple life sentences. Since their arrests, the Palestinian Authority has rewarded the imprisoned terrorists, paying them over $1,257,259.

Victims of bombing

Among the convicted terrorists for this and other attacks were Adballah Barghouti – serving 67 life sentences, one for each of the victims he murdered – and Ibrahim Hamed – serving 54 life sentences, one for each of the victims he murdered. Through June 2019, the PA cumulatively paid them $339,862 and continues to pay them thousands of dollars per month.

The other four terrorists – Wael Qassem, Wassim Abbasi, Alla Aldin Abbasi and Muhammed Odeh – were residents of Jerusalem, entitling them to a salary supplement of 300 shekels per month. Each of them has been paid over $220,733 since their arrest in August 2002. Each of them is currently receiving $1,951 per month.

Despite its (self-inflicted) financial crisis, since the beginning of 2019 alone, the PA has cumulatively paid the terrorists almost $86,000.

The PA obligated itself to pay monthly salaries to imprisoned terrorists when it passed the Law of Prisoners and Released Prisoners in 2004. The exact amount paid is set in regulations passed by the PA government. Mahmoud Abbas has twice raised the salaries the PA pays to the imprisoned terrorists.

Janis Coulter served as asst. director of the Hebrew University’s foreign students department in New York. Janis arrived in Israel one day before the bombing to accompany a group of 19 American students who arrived to attend classes at the university. She was killed while having lunch with them in the cafeteria.

Top PA leaders have explained that the PA is “obligated” to pay salaries to the Palestinian terrorists in prisons and the families of suicide bombers and other so-called “Martyrs,” because they were “soldiers” of the PA, who were “sent” by the PA and who acted out of “national interest and not for personal reasons.” Most significantly, they “received orders” from the PA.

The PA law of Prisoners and Released Prisoners prohibits the PA from signing any peace agreement that does not include the release of all the Palestinian terrorists, including the six responsible for the Hebrew university attack, and many other mass murderers. — Palestinian Media Watch www.palwatch.org