Money and the business of sustaining a culture of terror
|Photo illustrating a Telegraph UK article|
about how the terrorists control and subdue Gaza's population
via the handing out of cash [Image Source].
It's clear that money plays a grossly undervalued role
in international terror.
But the reality is that most people in most countries of Europe, North America, Australasia, South-east Asia are actually contributors to the unchecked scourge of terror without even knowing it. We think they ought to know it since the information is out there for anyone to see. But that's not how things work. If you don't want to see what's there, the politics and the news media and the general set of things that "everyone knows" will ensure you don't have to know it or see it or face up to it.
Today, the excellent Palestinian Media Watch organization went public with the case of a Palestinian Arab of no particular significance, Husni Najjar. He is an already convicted terrorist who was frank enough to tell his interrogators from the Israel Police that he got involved in the planning of a second terrorist attack for the money.
|The 2012 Doha emergency conference of donors for the Palestinians|
[Image Source: Reuters]
the money he received from the PA as salary during his first prison term amounted to only 45,000 shekels. However, the salary he would receive following his second prison term and subsequent release would leave him with "135,000 shekels." "And thus I would cover my debts," the terrorist explained his motive for planning the attack.
He wanted, in other words, to be captured by the Israelis for a second time. He was short of cash and needed to be paid some of what the Palestinian Authority routinely, as a matter of its own laws, pays to terrorists while in jail and following their release.
|The 2009 Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, emergency conference of|
donors for the Palestinians [Image Source]
The facts are all set out today, with corroborating documents, in "Terrorist planned attack in order to be imprisoned and receive PA salary" on the Palestinian Media Watch website. The conclusion an open-minded reader will reach is, as PMW puts it,
the PA's policy of paying high salaries to terrorists during their imprisonment in Israel and after their release not only rewards terror, but also constitutesa motivation for terror.Husni Najjar is now in an Israeli prison awaiting trial. As an imprisoned alleged terrorist, he is already today being paid a PA salary. A PA law enacted nearly three years ago specifies that this "will be paid to the prisoner from the date of his arrest".
This is truly sickening stuff. And many of the most admirable states on earth share a large part of the blame. In September 2012, we asked:
Who makes available the funding that allows the PA to conduct its unconscionable, terror-encouraging financial policies? Well, quite a number of people, if you're asking. And some that may be quite close to where you live.
These are things people ought to know when the role of money as a driver of terrorism is understood. The fact is that Palestinians charged with terrorism have long received absurdly generous stipends from the PA. Quoting ourselves again: It's part of the general, systematic government-level support for terrorism by both Palestinian regimes that is methodically ignored or hidden by complicit Western governments abetted by many parts of the news media.
|The 2007 Paris conference of donors for the Palestinians|
Can we offer these three sources of information (from our blog) that we wish people took more seriously? Please help us get them out and into public discussion: