The Biden Administration has renewed American “aid” to the Palestinian Authority. As such, we can expect that the Palestinian Authority’s “Pay to slay Jews” policy will intensify in the coming years. As for the Left, they will continue to defame, slander, and attack Israel (and pro-Israel Jewish Americans) for defending themselves against this barbarism. Just awful. G-d how rational Jews miss President Trump dearly.
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— RJC (@RJC) June 7, 2021
The Palestinian Authority has just REWARDED the family of a terrorist who murdered two Israelis, Rabbi Nehemiah Lavi & Aharon Banita, $42,000 along with new housing.
How & why is this okay? For the Palestinians, terrorism pays and this is why peace continues to be unattainable. pic.twitter.com/bnEk9BKVsF
— StandWithUs (@StandWithUs) June 7, 2021
Palestinian Authority pays $42,000 to family of terrorist who killed 2 Israelis
Money said to compensate family of Muhannad Halabi for housing costs after IDF destroyed their home following murder of Rabbi Nehemia Lavi and Aharon Banita in 2015Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday ordered that the family of a Palestinian terrorist who murdered two Israelis be paid more than $40,000 and be given new housing, the Kan public broadcaster reported.
Ramallah Governor Laila Ghannam, an Abbas appointee, met with the family of Muhannad Halabi and gave them some 30,000 Jordanian Dinars ($42,000), reportedly to help them cover housing costs since their home was destroyed by the IDF following the killings, Kan said.
Ghannam also told the family that Abbas had instructed his security services to help them find permanent housing. Home demolitions are a controversial policy that the IDF says helps deter future terror attacks.
The payments are the first high-profile payments to terrorist families since the Biden administration took office, despite claims that the Palestinians were willing to rethink the controversial policy as part of an effort to improve relations with Washington.
Halabi killed two Israelis, Rabbi Nehemiah Lavi and Aharon Banita, and injured Banita’s wife, Adele, and their 2-year-old son in a stabbing attack in the Old City of Jerusalem on October 3, 2015.
He was shot and killed by Israeli security forces.
Ahead of Biden’s inauguration, senior Palestinian officials told The Times of Israel that Ramallah was willing to alter the way it pays stipends to Palestinian security prisoners, as well as the families of terrorists and others killed by Israelis, in a bid to improve ties with Washington and Europe.
Because the PA hands out more money for longer sentences in Israeli prisons, those incarcerated for the most brutal terror attacks receive more funding from Ramallah.
The altered policy would base the stipends on prisoners’ financial needs rather than the length of their sentence, potentially marking a shift away from what has long been a sticking point for the PA’s detractors.
The practice of paying allowances to those convicted of carrying out terror attacks and to the families of those killed while carrying out attacks — often referred to by some Israeli officials as a pay-to-slay policy — has been pilloried by critics as incentivizing terror.
Palestinian leaders have long defended the payments, describing them as a form of social welfare and necessary compensation for victims of Israel’s military justice system in the West Bank.
Israel has previously deducted the presumed total worth of the stipends from tax revenues it collects on behalf of the PA, prompting a long standoff with Ramallah.
Ramallah may have paid as much as NIS 600 million ($181 million) in 2020 in salaries to Palestinians imprisoned by Israel for security offenses — including terrorism — and their families.
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