Shurat HaDin presented to the US President Donald Trump the Palestinian terror against Israel, and received fake information from the President of the PA Mahmoud Abbas. (Published with permission of Shurat HaDin)
May 2, 2017
The Honorable Reince Priebus
White House Chief of Staff
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Washington, D. C. 20500
Re: Meeting between President Trump and Palestinian Authority
President Mahmoud Abbas
Issue of PA paying stipends to terrorists
Dear Mr. Priebus,
We are attorneys for the families of American citizens who have been murdered by Palestinian terrorists in Israel during the recent wave of violent attacks. Our clients include the family of Taylor Force, a West Point graduate and American army veteran, who was murdered in Tel Aviv during a university visit to Israel in March 2016. We also represent the family of Hallel Yaffa Ariel, a 13 year old American citizen who was stabbed to death while asleep in her bedroom in Israel in July 2016. And we represent the family of Richard Lakin, a 76 year old retired teacher and peace activist from Connecticut who was stabbed to death on a passenger bus in Jerusalem in October 2015.
We write on the occasion of the upcoming meeting between President Trump and Palestinian Authority (“PA”) President Mahmoud Abbas to ask that President Trump raise during that meeting the issue of stipends paid by the PA to convicted terrorists and the families of terrorists killed in the course of committing a terrorist attack, including suicide bombers. The payment of these stipends provides an economic incentive encouraging further acts of terrorism and rewarding past terrorism. President Trump should insist that payment of such stipends immediately be halted.
Each month the PA pays terrorists incarcerated for murder of innocent civilians a monthly stipend. In instances where the terrorist is killed in the attack, the PA provides a similar monthly stipend to the family of the terrorist. The amount of the sums paid to these imprisoned terrorists is determined in part by the number of years of their jail sentence, which means that the most heinous and most violent criminals receive the largest stipends. Bashar Masalha, the terrorist who murdered Taylor Force, is sentenced to life in prison and receives as such a monthly stipend from the PA.
Mohammad Tra’ayra, the thug who stabbed Hallel Yaffa Ariel in her sleep, was killed by security guards at the scene, but his family continues to receive a stipend too. Balal Abu Gaanam, the terrorist who stabbed and murdered 76 year old Richard Lakin, is serving three life terms and receiving a stipend from the PA.
The official PA policy of providing cash payments and inducements to those who have targeted innocent victims such as our clients has caused the American families we represent untold anguish, frustration and anger. The fact that these murderers are glorified and held dear in Palestinian society compounds the acute pain and suffering inflicted upon these families by the grievous loss of their loved ones. By paying these stipends, the PA sends a powerful message to the terrorists and their families that they are honored, cherished and supported officially by the PA government and the Palestinian people, and young Palestinians are encouraged to regard the terrorists as heroes and emulate their behavior.
No civilized nation should pay stipends to loathsome criminals who deliberately target innocent victims, including sleeping children. Yet the United States is the largest provider of foreign aid to the PA. The foreign aid received from the US frees up other PA assets to pay these terrorist stipends. Since money is fungible, US foreign aid to the PA in effect subsidizes the PA terrorist stipends. We submit that subsidizing terrorist stipends is contrary to the principles that President Trump stands for.
Mr. Abbas has stated publicly that he intends to discuss the issue of Palestinian statehood with President Trump. Our clients find such a request incongruous, to say the least, coming from a leader who blatantly subsidizes terrorism, glorifies and rewards the perpetrators of heinous acts of terrorism, and thereby displays such disdain for the rule of law.
On behalf our clients, we respectfully request that President Trump demand from Mr. Abbas an immediate end to of the PA’s policy of paying stipends to terrorists.
Robert J. Tolchin, Esq.
United States Counsel to Shurat HaDin-Israel
Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, Adv.
Shurat HaDin-Israel Law Center
During the meeting between President Trump and President Abbas, the doors were closed to the press. As a daily routine Press Secretary Sean Spicer gave a short overview:
The two leaders made their own statements just a little bit ago. But to give you a few additional details, some of the topics that were discussed during their meeting and the lunch were: advancing the Israeli-Palestinian peace; preventing incitements to violence, particularly media outlets directly associated with the Palestinian Authority; strengthening efforts to combat terrorism, including defeating ISIS; measures to empower the Palestinian economy and provide economic opportunity for the Palestinian people. And, additionally, the President raised concerns about the payments to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails who have committed acts of terror, and to their families, and emphasized the need to resolve this issue.
Minutes after the official statement was published the world could learn about the palestinean truth of ths issue
Senior Palestinian Authority official has rejected the “insane” demand that it end its policy of providing social welfare payments to the families of Palestinian terrorists jailed for carrying out attacks against Israelis.
PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s foreign affairs adviser Nabil Shaath on Thursday told Israel Radio the demand was intentionally designed to sink any potential for renewed US-led Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. He told the radio station that the Palestinian prisoners were victims of Israel’s control over the West Bank.
“It’s absurd to request that we stop paying the families of prisoners,” he said. “That would be like asking Israel to stop paying its soldiers.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said the salaries paid to imprisoned terrorists by the PA constitute a major obstacle to peace.
On Tuesday, three GOP senators urged the US president to push the Palestinian leader on the PA’s cash payments.
During a joint statement in the Roosevelt Room of the White House after the Wednesday meeting, Trump only subtly referenced Palestinian violence, saying there could be no “lasting peace unless the Palestinian leaders speak in a unified voice against incitement to violence and hate.”
Abbas, for his part, asserted “that we are raising our youth, our children, our grandchildren on a culture of peace.”
Also Wednesday, Ahmad Majdalan, a senior PLO official and adviser to Abbas, told Israel Radio that in May 2014, Netanyahu’s chief negotiator Yitzchak Molcho, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat and US secretary of state John Kerry signed a document allowing the Palestinians to pay salaries to prisoners’ families from the Palestinian Liberation Organization fund instead of from the Palestinian Authority treasury.
The Prime Minister’s Office on Wednesday rejected the claim, calling it “another Palestinian invention, which never happened, which was intended to distract from the discussion of the demand to stop the Palestinian Authority funding terrorists.”
Full text Eric Cortellessa, Times of Israel
You may find more information about the PA cash payments to terrorists and/or their families in my blog of Dec 18th 2015 .