This Ongoing War..
08 February '15..
Edwin Black, the noted investigative author/reporter ("IBM and the Holocaust", "Financing the Flames") published an expose this week ["PA studies details of each terrorist act before issuing salaries | Newly obtained documents show meticulous process by which martyrdom status, payment levels, honorary ranks are determined", Times of Israel, February 6, 2015] in which he details how Palestinian Arab government officials systematically compute and arrange payment of financial rewards for terrorists captured or killed by Israel.
[S]enior Palestinian Authority officials as high as President Mahmoud Abbas scrutinize the details of each case, the specific carnage caused, and the personal details of each terrorist act before approving salaries and awarding honorary ranks in either the PA government or the military. Ministry of Prisoners spokesman Amr Nasser has explained, “We are very proud of this program and we have nothing to hide.”
We write here about terrorism, especially its Palestinian Arab flavour, because our family's life has been painfully affected by it to an unbearable degree. Perhaps people expect that our perspective, along with the sources of information into which we tap, comes with being privileged 'insiders'. But we're certainly not. Our information comes from sources that are publicly accessible, augmented with occasional personal meetings with public figures, almost always foreigners, rarely Israelis. In short, anyone who wants to can find it.
So when we see how Palestinian Arab terrorism and corruption are being funded (and they certainly are) by taxpayer money from countries whose citizens have no discernible interest in encouraging or supporting it, we feel like screaming. Or writing.