At a recent meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas, President Donald Trump urged the Palestinian Authority to stop paying off terrorist and their families. Trump’s pleas came after all 100 members of the U.S. Senate signed a letter asking United Nations Secretary General António Guterres to "address what the lawmakers call entrenched bias against Israel at the world body."
For years now, the U.N. has turned a blind eye to the brutality and incitement of the Palestinian leadership, allowing President Abbas, Fatah, and Hamas to run roughshod over their own people. Exhibit A: The Palestinian Authority’s (PA) refusal to pay the hospital bills for sick and dying children. Instead, the PA is funding terrorism.
Pretty amazing -- Palestinian Authority refusing to pay hospital bills of children with cancer. Instead paying salaries to terrorists. https://t.co/ez2GcTzYnD— Noah Pollak (@NoahPollak) May 11, 2017
According to CAMERA analyst Dexter Van Zile, the Augusta Victoria Hospital Jerusalem, a medical institution under Palestinian control, “has been forced to cut back services because the Palestinian Authority has not paid millions of dollars it owes the hospital.”
“Palestinian children go to the hospital for cancer treatment and the PA is supposed to pay for the treatment, but hasn’t,” adds Van Zile in a letter penned to Senator Ed Markey (D-MA).
The Lutherans are asking Congress to pay 4 Palestinian Authority's unpaid medical bills at Augusta Victoria Hospital. No way. pic.twitter.com/Zpi382OVkp— Dexter Van Zile (@dextervanzile) May 11, 2017
As The Daily Wire’s Robert Kraychik reported, the Palestinian Authority is using millions of dollars of “foreign aid” — money provided by U.S. taxpayers — to subsidize the salary of Jew-killing terrorists.
“The Congressional Research Service (CRS) indicates that the 'Palestinians’ have received over $5 billion in direct ‘foreign aid’ from American taxpayers since the mid-1990s,” explained Kraychik. “This total does not take include indirect funding for ‘Palestinians’ from American taxpayers via the United Nations, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, or other multistate institutions.
“Palestinians’ also receive billions of dollars annually from Western states in both direct and indirect avenues,” he added.
But rather than acknowledging the issues raised by America, a generous foreign patron sponsoring infrastructure development in both the West Bank and Gaza, the recalcitrant Palestinian leadership is defying pleas from U.S. lawmakers to stop promoting terrorism by subsidizing the salaries of convicted terrorists and their families.
“It’s insane to request that we stop paying the families of prisoners,” said Nabil Shaath, a foreign policy adviser to Abbas. “That would be like asking Israel to stop paying its soldiers.”
The terrorists detained in Israeli prisons are merely “victims of Israel and the result of occupation,” he added.