Official Palestinian Authority (PA) documents provide the latest proof that Palestinian terrorists imprisoned in Israel who collectively murdered hundreds of Israeli Jews are earning salaries of hundreds of thousands of shekels, paid to them or to their beneficiaries via the PA’s Prisoners Affairs Ministry, Israel Radio reported Tuesday.
Moreover, the documents provide details about the salaries of members of the Palestinian security forces who carried out terrorist attacks during the Second Intifada and are currently in prison in Israel. Organizations such as Palestinian Media Watch have long documented the trend of PA salaries for terrorists prisoners.
The newly revealed documents show that Hamas bomb-maker Abdullah Barghouti, who was given 67 life sentences, received more than 250,000 shekels (about $65,000) from the PA in 2013. Ibrahim Hamed, the head of Hamas’s military wing in the West Bank, who was given 54 life sentences, received a salary of more than 200,000 shekels ($52,000) that year. Barghouti and Hamed were involved in the terrorist bombings at Cafe Moment, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Sbarro pizzeria in Jerusalem, and a club in Rishon Lezion.
Another terrorist earning a salary while in prison for killing Israelis is Muhammad Arman, who functioned as a liaison between Hamas and the Silwan cell, which carried out some of the terrorist attacks. Arman, currently the top man in the Hamas leadership from inside Israeli prisons, is serving 36 life sentences. He received in excess of 250,000 shekels ($65,000) in 2013.
Female terrorists Kahara a-Saadi and Sunaa Sahada, who assisted in orchestrating the bombing on King George Street in Jerusalem 13 years ago and were released as part of the exchange deal for captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, each received more than $50,000 from the PA.