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US State Dept. Official Gave Incorrect Testimony to Congress about PA Salaries to Terrorists

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US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, Ambassador Anne W. Patterson, gave incorrect testimony to Congress about PA salaries to terrorists, this according to a report compiled by Palestinian Media Watch’s (PMW). In her testimony to Congress on April 29th Assistant Secretary Patterson defended the Palestinian Authority practice of paying salaries to terrorists in prison saying “they have to provide for the families.”

Patterson, through her testimony, disregarded explicit documentation proving that this claim is incorrect. Palestinian Media Watch’s documentation shows repeatedly why this is not correct. According to PA law and in practice the PA does not give stipends to terrorist prisoners’ families but salaries to the terrorist prisoners themselves. This means that the salaries are an incentive for terrorists and not welfare payments. PMW has already reported that the PA Minister of Prisoners vocally rejected the claim that the payments are social welfare aid to the prisoners’ families, stressing instead that the prisoners receive salaries “out of esteem.” This was likewise corroborated by Chairman of the PA-funded Prisoners’ Club Qadura Fares when he announced that the PA had decided on a final version of the law, “which considers payments made to prisoners ‘salaries,’ to which no other term applies.”

In addition, when challenged by Congressman Weber at the hearing on the Administration’s Middle East and North Africa Budget Request for 2015 about possibly cutting off US funding because of the PA salary program to terrorists, Assistant Secretary Patterson twice told the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa that she “knows” that the PA “are going to try to phase that out, and we should give them an opportunity to do so.”

There is nothing in all the activities and statements of the PA to back up that claim. PMW reports that it has not encountered any PA statements regarding a “phasing out” of the salaries to terrorists. To the contrary, in 2013 and 2014, PA officials have regularly been adding additional regulations and benefits for prisoners. In addition, they have reiterated in government meetings and in public statements to Palestinians that the salaries and other benefits to prisoners is a high priority for the Palestinian Authority and will continue. At a government meeting earlier this month, the PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said the PA places “prisoners at the top of its priorities” and that they will continue to implement the “Prisoners’ and Released (Prisoners’) Law” – which specifically refers to salaries and other payments to prisoners.

Patterson’s statement that the PA is “phasing out” these payments to terrorists contradicts the public policy and statements by PA officials.

In 2013, when the British and Norwegian governments told their parliaments that the PA told them the money was for “families,” PMW released a report entitled “Is the PA lying to European governments in order to receive European funding?” After this report’s release, the Norwegian Foreign Minister publicly acknowledged that PMW’s documentation was correct and said he had reported incorrectly to parliament because: “it is unfortunate that the information that was first to Parliament and which was based on information obtained from the PA at the time, in retrospect, is imprecise.”

The PA Minister of Prisoner Affairs has publicly rejected the European demand not to pay salaries to terrorist prisoners saying last November on official PA TV: “The Europeans want their money that comes to us to remain clean – not to go to families of those they claim to be terrorists… These (prisoners) are heroes…” When asked by Congressman Weber if she knows how much the PA pays prisoners a year, Assistant Secretary Patterson only mentioned PA’s payments to families, and the PA’s payments to “people after they’re released,” leaving out the largest payments going to imprisoned terrorists: “No, I don’t have a figure, they pay families whose relatives are imprisoned and then they do pay some of these people after they’re released…”

PMW’s special report to a UK Parliamentary Committee investigating payments to the PA, which was publicized earlier this year documents that in 2013 the PA paidover $100 million to terrorist prisoners, and more benefits totaling an additional $46 million dollars are being added in 2014.

In a recent interview with the British daily The Telegraph, the PA also corroborated that the salary figures exposed by PMW are correct: “When the Sunday Telegraph approached the Palestinian Authority to investigate these claims, officials confirmed that the payments quoted by PMW are ‘around the real figures’. And they were unapologetic.”

Asked why the US has not acted on the issue of the PA’s payments to terrorists, despite knowing about it for a long time, Assistant Secretary Patterson said: “I think, one, it is a political issue for the Palestinians, that these people are in jail, they have to provide for the families, and again I think they plan to phase it out.”

During his question time, Congressman Weber also asked Assistant Secretary Patterson if she knew “who initially sounded the alarm that this money was going to those terrorists,” the Assistant Secretary did not know, but answered it had “been the case for some time.”

Palestinian Media Watch originally reported that the PA pays salaries to terrorists in 2011, and has continuously and repeatedly issued updates and reports highlighting these ongoing payments and the US’ and EU countries’ funding of them. Even the PA has acknowledged that PMW reports have brought the information to American and European leaders who “know the facts by heart” and “question” the PA. Recently, official PA TV rebroadcast a rare interview with the wife of a prisoner who complains that she does not get any money from the salary that her husband receives monthly from the Palestinian Authority while imprisoned in Israel. The interview constitutes final confirmation of Palestinian Media Watch’s contention that the money paid to terrorists is not “social welfare” paid to the terrorists’ families, but rewards to the terrorists themselves. The program also includes an interview with PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake, who confirms that only the prisoner controls the money and only he has the right to appoint a power of attorney.

This broadcast also refutes the claim made by Assistant Secretary of State Ambassador Patterson that they give salaries to terrorists because “they have to provide for the families.”

Excerpts from Assistant Secretary Patterson’s testimony:

About the Author: Aryeh Savir is director of the International division of Tazpit News Agency.


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8 Responses to “US State Dept. Official Gave Incorrect Testimony to Congress about PA Salaries to Terrorists”

  1. Alan Kardon says:

    This is very confusing to me. Why are we, United States, giving money to the PA that goes to terrorists in jail? Someone please explain this situation.

  2. Ronny Mol says:

    Dear Alan Kardon, it is simple, Jew hate. You need to read the book, the (hidden) war against the Jews. It is allegedly written with the help of former spies. Either way it is a scary book but in the end, you know that G-d runs the world regardless of what the leaders do.
    Here is something do think about: In the Gemara (Talmud) Rosh HaShana daf (page 17) it says:
    A braisa is cited regarding the judgments of two different types of sinful people. Those that sin with their body will go down to Gehinom and will be punished there for twelve months. After twelve months, their body is destroyed, their souls get burned and a wind scatters their remains under the feet of the righteous. Sectarians, informers, heretics, those who denied the Resurrection of the Dead, those who instilled their terror in the Land of Life, and those that caused others to sin, such as Yeravam ben Nevat and his colleagues, go down to Gehinom and are judged there forever. from http://www.dafnotes.org Want to do Teshuva but do NOT know how, go to http://www.divineinformation.com search for Teshuva lectures.

  3. It's highly unlikely the PA is phasing out the payments. When you've got a country that is crawling with violent terrorists that you (the country) created, you are not going to cut off the money you have been giving them and sit on pins and needles waiting for them to blow you up.

  4. If anyone still has any doubts, this clearly shows that Hussein Obama is in bed with Islamic terrorists, supporting and arming them with weapons and money all over the world, and hates Israel; the people in his mis-administration are following orders from the top and parroting his thoughts, words, and deeds. Most Americans strongly support and defend Israel, but not the un-American Hussein Obama.

  5. who cares, none of them should get a penny. if they murder & kill, then they and their families should suffer the consequences. maybe then they’ll start to come around to peace.

  6. Paul Gelsman says:

    They don’t want peace.

  7. Paul Gelsman says:

    Who pays for this?

  8. I WILL CONTINUE TO SAY,"FOR IF TREASON DOES PROSPER THEN NONE DARE CALL IT TREASON"!

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