The Palestinian Authority president reportedly approved a payment of $42,000 (£30,000) to the family of a killer who stabbed two Israelis to death in 2015.
The payment came after US President Joe Biden’s administration sent a $112 million aid package to the Gaza Strip following last month’s conflict.
Palestinian National Authority president Mahmoud Abbas reportedly sent a district governor of Ramallah, Laila Ghannam, to personally hand over cash to Muhannad Al-Halabi’s family this week.
Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas [file photo, 2018] reportedly sent a district governor of Ramallah, Laila Ghannam, to personally deliver money to Muhannad Al-Halabi’s family this week
Part of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group, Al-Halabi stabbed and killed two Israeli civilians in 2015, according to Fox news.
According to a report by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), the payment was “on behalf of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to complete “payment of expenses” of their home, which Israel destroyed after the attack.
The Washington Free Beacon was the first to flag the MEMRI’s report.
“The governor emphasized that the meeting was held on behalf of Abbas, who had ordered” [Ghannam] to address the issue of the home “to preserve the dignity of the family,” the MEMRI wrote.
Ghannam thanked Abbas, who she said “attaches special importance to the families of the martyrs, prisoners and fighters” and “as a compassionate father to all our [Palestinian] people.’
In 2015, Al-Halabi stabbed to death two Israeli civilians before being killed by police.
Left: Pictured: Muhannad Al-Halabi, who stabbed to death two Israeli civilians before being killed by police. Right: District Governor of Ramallah, Laila Ghannam, who reportedly handed the money to Al-Halabi’s family in person
The Palestinian Authority operates a “Palestinian Authority Martyr’s Fund” that provides monthly cash grants to the families of Palestinians who have been killed, injured or imprisoned while perpetrating politically motivated violence against Israel.
Criticized by some as a “pay to slay” scheme that supports terrorism, the fund has received hundreds of millions of dollars in funding from the Palestinian government, according to the US State Department.
Abbas’s payment came after the Biden administration announced a $112 million (£85 million) aid package to the Gaza Strip last month.
The enclave in southwestern Israel is controlled by the Palestinian Authority-backed terror group Hamas.
Abbas has previously told Western leaders that his government has no formal involvement with militants or terror organizations, and has denied supporting so-called “pay-to-slay” programs.
The $112 million aid package was announced by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken during a tour of the Gaza Strip following recent clashes between Israel and Hamas.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken boards his plane on departure from Queen Alia International Airport, May 27, 2021, in Amman, Jordan, after his visit to Gaza. The $112 million aid package was announced by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken during a tour of the Gaza Strip following recent clashes between Israel and Hamas
Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system (left) intercepts rockets (right) fired by the Hamas movement from Gaza City toward Israel early on May 16, 2021
Israel carried out hundreds of airstrikes on Gaza during the 11-day war, with Hamas and other militant groups firing more than 4,000 rockets at Israel.
At least 254 people were killed in Gaza, including 67 children and 39 women. according to the Ministry of Health of Gaza.
Hamas has acknowledged the deaths of 80 militants. Twelve civilians, including two children, were killed in Israel, along with a soldier.