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The Times of Israel


Australia ends direct aid to PA over payments to terrorists


Foreign minister says Canberra concerned money will be distributed to Palestinian prisoners in an 'affront to Australian values,' redirects funding to UN

By MICHAEL BACHNER

2 July 2018, 1:00 pm 18


Australia has ended direct aid to the Palestinian Authority over fears its donations will be used to pay Palestinians convicted of terrorism and their families.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Monday that funding to a World Bank trust fund was cut after she wrote to the Palestinian Authority in late May seeking assurance that Australian funding was not being misspent.


In a statement, Bishop expressed concern that providing further aid would allow the PA to use the funds for activities that “Australia would never support.”

Israel has long accused the PA and its leader, Mahmoud Abbas, of encouraging terror attacks against Israelis by rewarding perpetrators and their families with monthly stipends. It has even withheld millions in tax revenues over the Palestinians’ unwillingness to change its policy. Israeli lawmakers are also advancing a law to slash funds to the PA by the same amount it uses to pay terrorists.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah, June 27, 2018. (Alaa Badarneh/Pool Photo via AP)
“Any assistance provided by the Palestine Liberation Organization to those convicted of politically motivated violence is an affront to Australian values, and undermines the prospect of meaningful peace between Israel and the Palestinians,” Bishop said in a statement.

“I wrote to the Palestinian Authority on May 29, to seek clear assurance that Australian funding is not being used to assist Palestinians convicted of politically motivated violence,” she wrote.

“I am confident that previous Australian funding to the PA through the World Bank has been used as intended,” Bishop added. “However, I am concerned that in providing funds for this aspect of the PA’s operations there is an opportunity for it to use its own budget to activities that Australia would never support.”

Australia’s AUD 10 million ($7.4 million) donation to the trust fund will now be rerouted to the United Nations’ Humanitarian Fund for the Palestinian Territories, which provides Palestinians with health care, food, water, improved sanitation and shelter.

Bishop said the UN body “helps 1.9 million people. Approximately 75 per cent of its funding will be spent in Gaza where the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate.”

Australia allocated AUD $43 million for humanitarian assistance in the region for the current fiscal year, which began on July 1.

Australian government lawmaker Eric Abetz welcomed Bishop’s stance.

“Minister Bishop’s strong and decisive decision today to ensure that the Palestinian Authority can no longer use our aid to free up money in its budget for state-promoted terrorism is very positive,” Abetz said.

“It is vital that we ensure that our foreign aid is not being spent on, or making money available for, the promotion of terrorism and so funneling our aid to the Palestinian Territories through the United Nations will provide greater assurance that the Palestinian Authority’s clever accounting cannot occur,” he added.

In March, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the US government for passing a law that suspended some financial aid to the Palestinians over the stipends paid to families of Palestinians killed or jailed in fighting with Israel.

The Taylor Force Act, named after an American killed in Israel by a Palestinian in 2016, was folded into a $1.3 trillion spending bill signed by President Donald Trump.

Netanyahu called the law a “powerful signal by the US that changes the rules” by cutting “hundreds of millions of dollars for the Palestinian Authority that they invest in encouraging terrorism.”

According to Israel’s Defense Ministry, the PA in 2017 paid NIS 687 million ($198 million) to the so-called “martyrs’ families fund” and NIS 550 million ($160 million) to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club — some 7 percent of its overall budget.

Palestinian prisoners serving 20- to 30-year sentences for carrying out terror attacks are eligible for a lifetime NIS 10,000 ($2,772) monthly stipend, the Defense Ministry said last week, citing PA figures. Those prisoners who receive a three- to five-year sentence get a monthly wage of NIS 2,000 ($554). Palestinian prisoners who are married, have children, live in Jerusalem, or hold Israeli citizenship receive additional payments.

The Defense Ministry last month released figures alleging that some terrorists who killed Israelis will be paid more than NIS 10 million ($2.78 million) each throughout their lifetimes by the PA.

Last week, Israeli lawmakers gave the final go-ahead for a decisive vote on a bill that would slash funds to the Palestinian Authority by the amount Ramallah pays out to convicted terrorists, rejecting a request by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to give the top-level security cabinet the final say on whether to “freeze” the payments.

The bill, proposed by Yesh Atid MK Elazar Stern and Likud MK Avi Dichter, says that welfare payments paid out by the PA to Palestinian prisoners and their relatives must be deducted from tax revenues Israel transfers annually to the administrative body. The money withheld in this way would instead go into a fund designated to help victims of terror attacks.

The PA has refused to cease its payments to Palestinian prisoners.

In June 2017, PA President Mahmoud Abbas, in a speech read by his foreign affairs adviser Nabil Shaath, argued that “payments to support the families are a social responsibility to look after innocent people affected by the incarceration or killing of their loved ones.

“It’s quite frankly racist rhetoric to call all our political prisoners terrorists,” Abbas said. “They are, in actuality, the victims of the occupation, not the creators of the occupation.”


18 Comments

Ajmer Singh
Well done Australia and the USA.Now let us see if Europeans see sense and follow suit.Quite simply the leaders of Palestine are pocketing most of the money meant for the man in the street.And do not forget that we the tax payers are funding this.
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Edward Campbell
When it comes to terrorism, as in every human enterprise, always... follow the money.
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Sue Durandt
(Gary Durandt) I cannot believe that Julie Bishop has done something positive for once! She is normally gallivanting around overseas attending gala's of some sort.
All she needs to do now is push for Australia to recognise Jerusalem as Israels' capital and she would be my hero
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Ferdinand Rajcany
It`s about the time she sopped this support to terrorists. After many months of letters to government and demonstrations she finally come to her senses, but only half. That money will go to UN! What is the difference?-NONE!. We will have to start all over again.
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Sally Melnick
"United Nations’ Humanitarian Fund for the Palestinian Territories, which provides Palestinians with health care, food, water, improved sanitation and shelter." Some of it - usually given to the UNRWA - which includes educational staff "ensuring that 2030 UNRWA staff have their own dignity life" 15 million from UAE. Other monies given for "Summer fun", work for cash, legal protection (when people are accused of terrorism), "protection from forcible transfer" - when homes are demolished because of terrorism or because illegally built, ERW threats - doesn't included removal of the threats against Israel & some of the money just given to the fund, which in turn distributes it how it wishes. Here is the 2017 report:

Eileen Roche
You cannot call the people of an occupied country terrorists, you cannot leave the families of children, brothers or husband's incarcerated in Israeli prisons without trials, to starve. The throwing of stones is not terrorism when your land and homes are being destroyed by immigrants from all countries in the name of a religion. A religion supported by billionaire's.
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Binyamin Koretz
Killing Jews is not terrorism. Thanks for clarifying! By the way, what country is occupied? I didn't really follow your rant.
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Binyamin Koretz
Cynthia Morris I think your sampling might be statistically biased by limiting the sample to English-speaking antisemites, or at least those who take the time to visit English-language websites.
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Jackie Port McCauley
Pa means Palestinian authority. As repented by Abas.
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Michael D Weeks
?, Are you the Spokesperson for the poor downttrodden people, that don't take Time to Find out What an Abbreviation in the World News means. Perhaps you would Like the Articles to repeat over and over the whole names ? Personally, 'I' Know 'P'...iss 'A'...nts, acronymn' Doesn't Mean, 'P'...UBLIC 'A'...nnouncement. ? Did you have to Look it up 'yourself' and are angry for Wasting only 'your' precious time. You 'wasted' Alot More Time, Complaining About the 'Trivial', and 'self-aggrandzing' about 'I', dive deeply into 'politics', sounds like your more concerned in 'spellcheck" than what really matters...
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Kenny Conoe
What about the $25 Million that went to the Clinton Foundation ?
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Jay Kahn
Leftist tears.
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Shalom Cohen
Well done Australia. Let's hope many countries will do the same.

Darryl Ketterer
these are the people that invented Jet plane terorrist Isaiah 59 verse 6..... Their works are works of iniquity, and deeds of violence are in their hands Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood; their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity, desolation and destruction are their highways, the way of peace they know not, and their is no justice in their paths; they have made their road crooked no one who goes in them knows peace. verse 18 According to their deeds, so will he [our God] repay wrath to his enemies; to the coastlands he will render requital. so the shall fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun; for he will come like a rushing stream, witch the wind of the Lord drives.[ read God word ]
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ally Melnick
"United Nations’ Humanitarian Fund for the Palestinian Territories, which provides Palestinians with health care, food, water, improved sanitation and shelter." Some of it - usually given to the UNRWA - which includes educational staff "ensuring that 2030 UNRWA staff have their own dignity life" 15 million from UAE. Other monies given for "Summer fun", work for cash, legal protection (when people are accused of terrorism), "protection from forcible transfer" - when homes are demolished because of terrorism or because illegally built, ERW threats - doesn't included removal of the threats against Israel & some of the money just given to the fund, which in turn distributes it how it wishes. Here is the 2017 report: https://fts.unocha.org/countries/171/flows/2017?page=0...
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Stanley Fox
Why give that money to the UN which has been falsely propping and aiding the longest and oldest Palestinian refugee camps for 70 years now.

William Murphy
Exactly. Cutting the money off completely would have been the thing to do.
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Peter Brigden
William Murphy ,,,,, Well that bastard Arafat stole all the PLO money years ago, and his wife and kid live in luxury in France,? So much for all the good they are doing for their so-called Palestinians, I wonder how much he has ripped off as well.
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Ajmer Singh
Peter Brigden You are absolutely right.Just to add a bit more to this saga.After the death of Arafat his wife did the runner with the money.The heavy mob from the Palestinian Authority tried to grab some of it but they failed because they did not know her whereabouts.
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Josh Korn
Good on ya, Julie Bishop! You're a real mensch!


Cynthia Morris
Although the UN is itself, a vehicle for Palestinian terrorism (see UNRWA, UNHRC), this is a good start. It is obscene for liberal democracies to incentivize and fund the killing of Jews.

Well done Australia!

Cynthia Morris
Binyamin Koretz: You may be right. It does seem however, that the epicenter of Western antisemitism, masquerading as enlightened humanitarianism, is concentrated in those two countries.
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Jj Gross
Of course we should applaud Australia's decision, even though at the end of the day it will prove meaningless. By givng the money to the Palestinians through the UN it will once again inevitably end up lining the pockets of Mahmoud Abbas, his sons and his PA cronies - a far worse crime than paying salaries to dime a dozen Arab murderers playing sheshbesh, enjoying conjugal visits, watching soccer matches on cable TV, and earning free university degrees in Israeli prisons.
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