The wages of terrorism according to the Palestinian Authority

Jamil Tamimi, 57, who stabbed and killed British student Hannah Bladon in Jerusalem on April 14, 2017, is brought to the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court after his arrest. (Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The British newspaper Daily Mail published an article describing how Jamil Tamimi — a terrorist who murdered a British student in Jerusalem — will receive thousands of shekels from the Palestinian Authority as a salary.

On Tuesday, British Member of Parliament Joan Ryan, the chairperson of Labour Friends of Israel, called on Prime Minister Theresa May’s government to get the Palestinian Authority leader to condemn the murder and make assurances that no such salary will be paid.

Hannah Bladon, 21, was a theology and archaeology student at the University of Birmingham who came to the Hebrew University as part of a student exchange program. She gave up her seat on the Jerusalem tram for a mother with a baby, a selfless act which cost the young girl her life. The 57-year-old terrorist got on the light rail and stabbed Bladon in the back numerous times, fatally wounding her. Despite the immediate evacuation to hospital, medics were unable to save Bladon’s life.

Tamimi, a non-Israeli resident of Jerusalem, has a criminal record and was known to be mentally ill. He was convicted of sexually abusing his daughter in 2011, but most recently was in a psychiatric hospital where a number of suicide attempts were recorded. After the murderous attack, he told investigators he felt he had nothing to lose and that he bought a knife and boarded the tram. He saw a soldier with a weapon on board and chose to attack the young girl hoping to be shot dead by the soldier. The Israeli court has ruled the terrorist fit to stand trial over this killing and will be treated as a terrorist by the Israeli justice system.

Ofir Gendelman, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official spokesman, tweeted: “Not only didn’t PA president Abbas condemn Hannah Bladon’s murder, but he’ll reward the Palestinian attacker who did it with a monthly salary.”

Itamar Marcus, director of the Israeli monitoring group Palestinian Media Watch, explained that terrorists or their family qualify for a “salary” from the PA.

“According to Palestinian law, anyone imprisoned for ‘resistance to occupation’ receives a salary,” he said. “According to the PA, 100 percent of the suicide bombers, soldiers, shooters, and bulldozers are included in this category and receive salaries.”

The Daily Mail article on Sunday stated that the UK sends 25 million pounds to the Palestinian Authority in aid every year and that British taxpayers’ money has been used to pay “salaries” to convicted terrorists. The terrorist is expected to receive a salary of 800 pounds a month from the PA, which receives 25 million pounds a year from the kingdom, as aid money paid from tax funds.

“If you are British and pay taxes, know that your money is going to fund a body that funds convicted murderers,” said senior IDF spokesman Avi Mayer.

In her letter to May, Ryan urged that the PA suffer financial sanctions if President Mahmoud Abbas failed to condemn the murder and stop payment to the terrorist.

“I am a strong supporter of international development spending but British taxpayers will rightly not understand if our aid money goes to a body which pays obscene ‘salaries’ to those who murder British citizens,” Ryan wrote. “I have been calling for the UK government to get a grip of this for the last 18 months. The Palestinian Authority needs to be told in no uncertain terms that unless it stops paying salaries to terrorists who murder innocent people – British, Israeli or any other nationality – our aid to them will stop until they get the message.”

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Dee Catz
Israeli-born Dee Catz is a Jewish believer in Yeshua, happily married with children. She has an interest in cooking and baking and all things Biblical. History, Geography, and Archaeology are some of her favorite hobbies, as well as touring Israel's national parks and landmark sites with her family and friends. She has been contributing to Kehila News Israel since December 2015.