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On Tuesday 20th October 2015, the Henry Jackson Society was pleased to host ‘Taxpayer Funded Terrorist Salaries’. Featuring Edwin Black, a New York Times bestselling international investigative author of 120 award-winning editions in 14 languages in 65 countries, as well as scores of newspaper and magazine articles in the leading publications of the United States, Europe and Israel.
Mr Black began by stating that he had acquired five thousand official Palestinian Authority documents, which prove the extent to which taxpayers in the UK, US and EU are inadvertently funding the monthly stipends of convicted Palestinian terrorists through foreign aid.
Mr Black noted that the amount payed to convicted Palestinian terrorists increases in relation to the severity of the attack itself. He said that for those who have undertaken low severity attacks, payments usually amounted to hundreds of dollars. For more severe attacks, the perpetrators can receive many thousands in payments from the Palestinian Authority – money which is taken directly from foreign aid payments. Mr Black further argued that such payments always take priority over welfare and other services for innocent Palestinians. He stated “every month they spend in prison, they get a cheque”.
Mr Black then spoke of how despite both the international media and western governments being aware of such payments, little effort is made to publicly recognise this as a problem and provide meaningful solutions. He argued that his evidence proves the true nature of the payments to convicted terrorists, in spite of claims by the US State Department and UK Foreign Office that the aid money goes to welfare and public services in Palestine.
In his closing remarks, Mr Black said “there is money in terrorism, and it is your money”. Referencing the current disorder in Israel and Palestine, he said “the streets are empty in Jerusalem, and the knife attackers will likely end up on this programme.”