The Palestinian Authority, which for years has implemented a “pay-to-slay” program that rewards Palestinian terrorists who murder Jews, has given a raise to four terrorists around the 20th anniversary of them murdering nine people and injuring 80 others.
On July 31, 2002, Wael Qassem, Wassim Abbasi, Alla Aldin Abbasi and Muhammed Odeh bombed the Frank Sinatra Cafeteria on the Hebrew University campus. They murdered nine people, five of whom were American citizens. The victims included Janis Routh Coulter, 36, Dina Carter, 38, David Gritz, 24, Daphna Spruch, 61, Levina Shapira, 53, Benjamin Blustein, 25, David Ladowski, 29, Revital Barashi, 30, and Marla Bennet, 24.
The terrorists have been handsomely rewarded over the years, receiving roughly $2.6 million in total. According to Palestinian Media Watch, they just got a raise of 14.29%, as their salaries have increased from $2,251 per month to $2,572.
“Four other terrorists convicted for taking part in the attack receive a salary from the PA, as well,” The Jerusalem Post reported.
As EMET has reported, through Palestinian laws passed in 2004 and amended in 2013, Palestinians and Israeli Arabs convicted by Israel of involvement in terror attacks in Israel receive monthly “salaries” commencing with their arrest and continuing for life for men in prison for five years and women for two. As recently as 2016, EMET reported, the so-called “Pay for Slay” program handed out $315 million, roughly 8% of the PA budget of $4.4 billion.
Just between May 2001 and May 2002, prior to the bombing at Hebrew University, there were these massacres: five Israelis murdered by a suicide bomber at the HaSharon Mall in May 2001; 21 Israelis murdered by a suicide bomber at the Dolphinarium Discotheque in June 2001; 15 Israelis murdered by a suicide bomber at Sbarro’s Pizza in August 2001, including six children and a 31-year-old woman who was the only child of her parents and was five months pregnant; 11 Israelis murdered in a bus bombing on Ben Yehuda Street in Jerusalem on December 1, 2001; 15 more Israelis murdered the very next day in a Haifa suicide bombing; 11 more Israelis murdered in a bus attack 10 days later in Immanuel; six Israelis murdered in an attack at a bat-mitzvah in January 2002; 11 more Jews killed in an attack on a yeshiva in March 2002, including a five-month-old child; 11 Jews murdered in a bombing at Café Moment in March 2002; 30 Israelis killed as they celebrated Passover in Netanya on March 27, 2002; 16 Israelis murdered in a suicide bombing four days later at the Matza restaurant, and 16 Israelis murdered in Rishon LeZion in May 2002.