A Pales­tinian Killed Rina Ariel’s Daugh­ter. Who’s Pay­ing His Fam­ily?

The com­pli­cated his­tory of sub­si­diz­ing ter­ror.

Forward Magazine - - Front Page - By Naomi Zevel­off

In July, Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu an­nounced a dra­matic step against al­leged sup­port for ter­ror­ism by the Pales­tinian Au­thor­ity: Hence­forth, he de­clared, Is­rael would with­hold a por­tion of the tax rev­enues it owes to the P.A. in re­sponse to the Pales­tinian lead­er­ship’s own pay­outs to ter­ror­ists and their fam­i­lies.

The an­nounce­ment came on the heels of one of the most grue­some Pales­tinian mur­ders in re­cent months. The pre­vi­ous day, a Pales­tinian had stabbed and killed a sleep­ing 13-year-old Is­raeli Jew in the Kiryat Arba set­tle­ment out­side He­bron, in the oc­cu­pied West Bank, be­fore he him­self was shot dead. Be­cause of his crime, his fam­ily be­came el­i­gi­ble for a $350 monthly Pales­tinian stipend, The As­so­ci­ated Press re­ported.

Yet al­most seven weeks af­ter Ne­tanyahu’s an­nounce­ment, the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice re­fuses to say whether the Is­raeli leader’s vow has been ful­filled.

“It’s all lip ser­vice,” said David Bedein, head of the Cen­ter for Near East Pol­icy Re­search, an Is­raeli ad­vo­cacy group that tracks the is­sue. “Ev­ery­thing is con­tin­u­ing as nor­mal.”

Ne­tanyahu’s an­nounce­ment and its ques­tion­able fol­lowup is but the lat­est twist in the saga of a con­tro­ver­sial and com­pli­cated sys­tem of sub­si­diz­ing Pales­tini­ans in­volved in ter­ror that has lasted for decades. These pay­ments have been the sub­ject of in­ter­na­tional out­cry and Con­gres­sional leg­is­la­tion, yet they per­sist as an in­te­gral part of the Palestin-


Fi­nan­cial Re­lief: A de­tained Pales­tinian man waves to a group of other se­cu­rity pris­on­ers af­ter his re­lease from the Is­rael’s Ktziot prison in 2003. Once out­side, se­cu­rity pris­on­ers — both vi­o­lent and non-vi­o­lent of­fend­ers — ben­e­fit from pay­ments to their fam­i­lies from the PLO.

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