Palestinian Authority salaries, paid out to terrorists sitting in jail or to the families of those killed in their commission of terror, are calculated on a sliding scale based on the level of damage done to “the enemy.” The information comes from documents previously protected by the courts.
Edwin Black is the author of Financing the Flames, which details how taxpayer dollars from donor countries are being used, in defiance of the law, by the PA to encourage terror.
In an investigative report on the Times of Israel, he revealed that the PA spends between $3-7 million monthly on salaries and other payouts to terrorists and their families. The payments are set and forwarded by the PA’s Ministry of Prisoners, in accordance with its Law of the Prisoner. The law ties the amount of the monthly salaries to the length of the terrorist’s prison sentence, usually a reflection of the number of victims.
According to Black, Ministry of Prisoners spokesman Amr Nasser had said, “We are very proud of this program and we have nothing to hide.” Yet in response to international furor over the practice, the PA has opted to replace the Ministry of Prisoners with an outside Palestinian Liberation Organization commission known as the Higher National Commission for Prisoners and Detainees Affairs.
Black brought two examples of these graduated payments.
Ahmad Talab Mustafa Barghouti, who personally coordinated numerous terrorist acts, was arrested in 2002 and convicted of murdering 12 Israelis. He was sentenced to 13 consecutive life sentences for his actions.
According to documents dated to 2009, Barghouti, who at the time of his arrest was serving as a sergeant in the PA police forces, continued to draw his government salary, retroactive to the date of his incarceration, and was promoted twice, with accompanying raises, in the time since. His two named beneficiaries also received compensation monthly, at a rate which increased over time.
Sa’id Ibrahim Sa’id Ramadan was killed as he carried out a shooting spree in Jerusalem in 2002, which claimed the lives of two victims. Five days later, his case was reviewed by the PA’s Ministry of Social Affairs, to determine his martyrdom status. He was deemed a martyr by the Martyr’s Families and Injured Care Establishment, which determined, “He was martyred while performing his nation duty.”
As an unmarried martyr, he was entitled to NIS 400 (about $102 today) per month. “The martyr is single…His mother is alive. The martyr’s father passed away May 5, 2006. I recommend a transfer to the martyr’s mother,” a case review from 2006 stated.
Funds allocated by the Martyrdom Establishment are distributed worldwide, wherever qualifying acts of terror take place. According to a 2010 PA Social Ministry report, by 2009, more than NIS 288 million (nearly $74 million) were paid out by the program, of which almost a third (more than NIS 97 million, or $25 million) went to reward international terrorism.
The current annual PA budget runs $4.2 billion, and relies heavily on international contributions. The US alone accounts for nearly 10 percent of that sum. Most contributing countries have laws against the use of their funding, directly or indirectly, to pay for, sponsor or otherwise encourage terror. Such abuses would result in payments being stopped. However, most countries are not aware of these terror salaries, as they are listed in PA reports to donor countries as “government salaries”.