This week, Israel revealed a document seized early this week from the office of Fuad Shubaki, in charge of PA money matters, proving that the PA funded terror attacks against Israel. A detailed request for money appears in the document sent by the El-Aksa Martyrs Brigades, the Tanzim operational arm, for carrying out terror attacks, including suicide attacks.
“This is a shopping list for terror,” said Col. Miri Eisen, from IDF Intelligence, who showed the document together with Dr. Dore Gold, former Israeli ambassador to the UN. Shubaki, who was behind the Karine A weapons ship, is now believed to be in Arafat’s besieged office.
In the first four sections of the document, sent on October 16, 2001, the El-Aksa Martyrs Brigades ask for NIS 2,000 for printing posters in memory of shahids (martyrs), NIS 1,250 for funding mourners’ tents in their memory, NIS 1,000 for preparing wooden boards and NIS 6,000 for funding memorial ceremonies.
The fifth section asks for NIS 20,000 for preparing bombs. “Various electronic components and chemical material for making bombs and mines — this is our biggest expense,” the authors of the document write, and ask for money to fund from five to nine bombs a week at an average of NIS 700 per bomb.
The last two sections deal with funding for buying ammunition for Kalashnikovs and M-16s. The authors explain that that the price of one Kalashnikov bullet is NIS 7-8, NIS 2-2.5 for a Kalashnikov bullet and “we need this ammunition on a daily basis.” The authors come up with a “price proposal”: 3,000 Kalashnikov bullets for NIS 22,500 and 30,000 M-16 bullets for NIS 60,000. Military sources believe that these are “inflated” prices, because the authors assumed that the PA would not give them as much as they asked for.
On the document, which also mentions a “debt” of NIS 38,888 for terror attacks already committed, there are handwritten scribbles, apparently written by Shubaki himself.
Col. Eisen said that IDF Intelligence does not know whether the money was indeed transferred, but after the letter was sent, eight suicide bombers from the El-Aksa Martyrs Brigades blew up in Israel. “The document proves the direct involvement of the Palestinian Authority and of Arafat in terror,” Eisen said.
Other documents which were seized attest that Shubaki funded the salaries of El-Aksa Martyrs Brigades operatives in Bethlehem and was involved in funding the acquisition of weapons that were stolen from IDF soldiers. “We managed to put our hands on a long list of documents that the Palestinians were about to destroy, for good reason,” said Eisen. Government sources said that some of these will be revealed in he next few days, and some of them are “hair-raising.”
Many weapons, including RPGs, and counterfeit Israeli currency were also seized in Shubaki’s office and in Tawfik Tirawi’s office next door.
This article ran in Yediot Aharonot on April 2nd, 2002