Palestinians pay terrorists who kill nine while Israel halts pay-for-slay funding

The Palestinian Authority marked the 20th anniversary of a deadly attack on the Hebrew University of Jerusalem by increasing its monthly payments to the terrorists responsible, a media watchdog said Sunday.

The news comes as Israel’s security cabinet voted to withhold nearly $180 million from the Palestinian Authority for its pay-for-slay program, which rewards convicted terrorists and their families with a monthly salary.

The 31 July 2002 bombing of a cafeteria on the university campus in Jerusalem killed 9 people and injured more than 80.

The PA increased the salaries of the terrorists behind it, Wael Qassem, Wassim Abbasi, Alla Aldin Abbasi and Muhammed Odeh, by 14.29 percent, the Palestinian Media Guard reported.

The four now get an additional 1,000 NIS per month, ranging from 7,000 NIS ($2,251) per month to 8,000 NIS ($2,572). The payout over the years has totaled more than 8 million NIS (over $2.5 million). PA policy is to increase salaries depending on the severity of the attack. In other words, the more Israelis die, the greater the payoff.

Also on Sunday, under a 2018 law, the Security Cabinet voted to freeze NIS 600 million from taxes collected by Israel on behalf of the PA.

Last week, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas hailed two terrorists killed by Israeli forces as “heroes” and told their families in a phone call this week that the nation of “Palestine” mourns them.

In a video circulating on social media, Abbas can be heard assuring the fathers of Abderahman Jamal Sobah and Mohammed al-Azizi that their sons “will reach heaven together with the other martyrs.”

Sobah and al-Azizi, who recently carried out a series of shootings against Israelis, were killed in a shootout with IDF forces in the West Bank city of Nablus.

“We are all mourning,” Abbas told the fathers. “This is our destiny and we cannot escape it. We must make sacrifices for the fatherland.”

“May God bless all martyrs.”

Abbas has vowed in the past that his government will continue to do so Counting Salaries for terrorists and their families, even if “we’re just one penny Left.”

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