May urged to secure PA pledge
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.”