When you read this article, do not get an ulcer. Give an ulcer. If you live abroad, contact your local Israeli diplomat. If you live in Israel, make contact with members of the government, all of whom are listed at knesset.gov.il The message should be- The Israeli government must not agree to hand over a penny to the PA unless the PA puts an end to their “murder incentive fund”.

Over the past week, the Israeli prime minister authorized the transfer of hundreds of millions of shekels to the PA. This budget was allocated to fund activities by the PA, to pay salaries, to pay off debt to suppliers, and to pay ongoing miscellaneous expenses. This same budget is also used for monthly payments to those who have been tried and convicted in the act of  murder or attempted murder.

According to previously released data, every month, the Palestinian Authority transfers 17 million shekels to those who have been convicted of first degree murder or attempted murder who now serve their sentences in jail. Allocations are also made to the families of killers, with special grants for families of killers who die as while committing an act of murder. According to the PA distribution formula, the more severe the attack conducted by the killer and the longer the resulting prison sentence, the stipend is increased proportionately.

For example, Mahdi Hamdi , who was sentenced this week to two life sentences for the murder of Dalia Lemkus in a car-ramming and stabbing attack six months ago has started receiving monthly stipends from the PA. He currently receives 1,400 NIS a month. These payments will increase over time, and in the future, his monthly stipend will reach no less than 10,000 shekels.

Ziad Awad, who murdered Baruch Mizrachi on Passover Eve last year has received stipends from the PA totaling about 20,000 shekels. These stipends followed those he received for his previous imprisonment before he was released in the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange, when he received about 300,000 shekels.

Amad Awad and Hakim Awad, who brutally murdered five members of the Fogel family in Itamar, have so far received almost 75,000 shekels each. According to the PA’s fund distribution formula for murderers, they’ll continue to receive stipends that will even reach 12,000 shekels a month. When calculating the total sum throughout their lives, they will each receive 2.4 million shekels for the multiple murders they committed.

As mentioned, every month, the PA allots 17 million shekels to funding those who are convicted of murder and attempted murder…in addition to grants to the  murderers’ families. More than a few murder convicts admit during interrogation that they want to commit terror attacks in order to receive the payment.

In other words, you could call this an incentive to murder.

PA grants for acts of murder and attempted murder

Time Spent in Prison Amount paid in dollars
1 – 3 years $1,500
More than 3 years (and less than 5 years) $2,500
More than 5 years (and less than 8 years) $3,500
More than 8 years (and less than 11 years) $4,500
More than 11 years (and less than 15 years) $6,000
More than 15 years (and less than 18 years) $8,000
More than 18 years (and less than 21 years) $10,000
More than 21 years (and less than 25 years) $12,000
More than 25 years (and less than 30 years) $15,000
30 years and more $25,000

PA monthly grants to killers-  according to years sentenced to prison:

Length of Imprisonment Monthly Salary
Up to 3 years NIS 1,400 ($400)
3-5 years NIS 2,000 ($570)
5-10 years NIS 4,000 ($1,142)
10-15 years NIS 6,000 ($1,714)
15-20 years NIS 7,000 ($2,000)
20-25 years NIS 8,000 ($2,286)
25-30 years NIS 10,000 ($2,857)
Over 30 years NIS 12,000 ($3,429)

What nation would not, as a matter of national pride, and a matter of justice… halt allocations to an entity that endorses, encourages and remunerates those who murder its citizens?


  1. This is a total insanity. The PA money collected by Israel must first to pay the electric bill in full and other such obligations. There should be a provision that prevents PA to spend any portion of these funds on terrorists and terror organizations.


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