May urged to se­cure PA pledge

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BYLEE HARPIN

THERESA MAY has been urged to seek as­sur­ances from Pales­tinian Author­ity leader Mah­moud Ab­bas that the man who is al­leged to have mur­dered a Bri­tish stu­dent in Jerusalem last week will not be paid a salary by the PA for his act of ter­ror­ism.

In a let­ter to the Prime Min­is­ter, Labour Friends of Is­rael chair Joan Ryan MP also called on the Bri­tish gov­ern­ment to re­quest that the PA pub­li­cally con­demns the mur­der of Han­nah Bladon by Jamil Tamimi ear­lier this month.

The UK sends £25 mil­lion to the PA in aid ev­ery year, and there is long­stand­ing con­cern that Bri­tish tax­pay­ers’ money has been used to pay “salaries” to con­victed ter­ror­ists.

Tamimi, a 57-year-old Pales­tinian, is to stand trial Ms Bladon’s her death and will be treated as a ter­ror­ist by the jus­tice sys­tem.

In her let­ter, Ms Ryan wrote said that if Pres­i­dent Ab­bas failed to ful­fil both de­mands Bri­tain should “sanc­tion the PA fi­nan­cially”.

She told the JC: “The PA needs to be told in no un­cer­tain terms that un­less it stops pay­ing salaries to ter­ror­ists who mur­der in­no­cent peo­ple - Bri­tish, Is­raeli or any other na­tion­al­ity — our aid will stop un­til they get the mes­sage.”

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