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The Tweede Kamer, loosely translated as the House of Representatives, in the Dutch government.

The tiny country of Holland is poised to take a brave step, one that the U.S. government and the rest of the EU has refused to take thus far.

Holland’s  Tweede Kamer, referred to as the House of Representatives, but a better translation is “second chamber,” approved a motion to stop the transfer of money it donates to the Palestinian Authority to terrorists in Israeli prisons. All 148 members voting of the 150 members of the chamber voted in favor of the motion.


“The parliament asserts that since 2011, the Palestinian Authority transfers money to Palestinian convicts in Israeli prisons [and] that these moneys can have a negative effect, in which criminality and terrorism are rewarded,” read the motion which was submitted by the Christian Union and SGP: Reformed Political Party parties.

The lawmakers intend to review budgets submitted by the PA to determine where the funds are going, in advance of approving the transfer of funds.

The Dutch House of Representatives also asked its government to convey its views to the full European Union about the use of European aid money to reward terrorists. The Dutch Senate still has to vote on the measure.

In February of this year the PA announced it would be providing an addition $46 million a year to prisoners who had been released by Israel, including hundreds of murderers of Israeli civilians. As Palestinian Media Watch pointed out, the PA cannot even cover its regular monthly budget without Western aid, meaning the West is also indirectly funding those terrorists.

The PA ministry in charge of “pensions” for released convicts has an estimated annual budget of 160 shekels.

According to Dutch media, the contribution to the PA from Holland is approximately 88 million dollars each year, exclusive of its donation to UNRWA.


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  2. Israelis are better at protecting people because they CARE ABOUT THEM..they don’t use them as human shields like Hamas..How ignorant can you be, Nabil? Your own Koran says Israel belongs to the Jews & nowhere does it even mention Jerusalem..go get an education before you spout your ignorant hatred here or anywhere else.

  3. Agree with Beverly here, I will always support Israel and it’s people and all the good they have done for this world. So many inventions that we use daily to make our lives the best they can be. The only democracy in the middle east…it’s G-d’s will that Israel survive as a homeland for all the Jewish people!!!

  4. It’s always been the same old story, foreign aid going to the places and people that it’s not intended for. Yet, we keep on sending millions to these countries knowing this, why?? So much corruption, we don’t know the half of it. Good for Holland for standing up and making a stand, the rest of Europe should follow suit.

  5. Why are you being so nasty? Why are you wishing death on someone who is representing Jewish people? The only time I’ve even known of you is on this post! I fully support all those that are endangered by others because I hate cruelty. . As a rule, I don’t look at other’s FB pages but you go beyond the score. I’ve never met anyone with your level of acidity. You don’t like gay people, You don’t like Jewish people because your continually having a go at me and you don’t like people in poverty. Your bitterness and anger is consuming you and could destroy you. I really do wish you well in your life – with your attitude you’re going to need it.

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