Palestinians: Why Abbas Cannot Stop Funding Terrorists

For the record, this is not a defense of Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas or of funding terrorists. It is simply an explanation of what is taking place. Nonetheless, it is worth noting that the idea of ending payments to Palestinian terrorists and their families is a challenging one, to say the least. Old habits, especially of hate, are hard to break.

The practice of paying salaries to terrorists and the families of “martyrs” is as old as the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), which was founded in 1964. It did not start after the establishment of the Palestinian Authority (PA) in 1994. Nor did this practice start after Abbas was elected as president of the PA in January 2005.

Prior to the establishment of the PA, the PLO relied solely on Arab and Islamic financial aid to pay salaries to imprisoned terrorists and the families of those killed in terror attacks against Israel.

But after most of the Arab countries turned their backs on the PLO, following its support for Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait and the subsequent establishment of the PA, the Europeans and Americans became the major donors to the Palestinians — including payments to the terrorists and their families.

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  • vwVwwVwv

    That’s all what Islam is about and Palestine was invented for, terrorism.

  • marty_p

    The Israeli’s know who and what they are dealing with. One would think that the rest of the world would have seen the light by now.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      The rest of the world is too demented by antisemitism to do the right thing and exercise an ounce of prevention before the jihad strikes them.

  • Observer

    Because he is a terrorist who did his University of Moscow thesis denying the Holocaust.