(JNS.org) Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon called on members of the U.N. Security Council to “take action” against the Palestinian Authority (PA) for its payments to terrorists and their families.
“In 2016, the PA dedicated almost $130 million of its budget to paying imprisoned terrorists,” Danon said at a press conference Thursday. “They spent another $175 million in allowances to the families of so-called martyrs. Altogether, the PA paid more than $300 million directly in support of terrorists every single year.”
According to Danon, the amount spent by the PA comprises nearly 7 percent of its annual budget and 30 percent of the foreign aid it receives from the international community.
“So many members of the Security Council, so many U.N. member-states are sending their people’s money to support terrorists,” Danon said.
Danon also noted the PA has paid terrorists, or the relatives of terrorists, who have murdered American and British citizens in recent years.
Last month, the PA announced it would give 57-year-old Jamil Tamimi, a Palestinian terrorist who murdered British exchange student Hannah Bladon on Jerusalem’s light rail, a monthly stipend of approximately $1,000.
“This is all part of an organized system by the PA which glorifies terrorists and encourages terrorism; these payments are mandated by their laws,” Danon said. “Think about the simple message this sends to young Palestinians. [PA President] Mahmoud Abbas is telling them that there is a simple equation: kill innocent people, and you and your family will be paid for the rest of your life.”