lifted from NRK.no (my eyes are still struggling to believe it – hence the poor google translation)
His daughter’s killer gets honorary salary
Palestinian prisoners imprisoned for terrorism, is honored with a monthly salary from the PA. Israeli Arnold Roth will now put an end to the payment of salaries to convicted terrorist.
The daughter of Arnold Roth, from Israel was only 15 years old. The killer, who is in prison convicted of terrorism, receives a monthly salary from the PA. Now Roth will ask Norway to demand that Palestine will stop payment of salaries to Palestinians convicted of terror.
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Today the Parliamentary Scrutiny and Constitutional Committee received a letter from the Foreign Ministry on the matter. The MFA’s letter does not answer the important questions, the committee says.
Israeli Arnold Roth’s daughter ‘Malki was killed because a Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up at a pizza restaurant in Jerusalem in 2001. 15 civilians died.
The person responsible for having made bomb – Abdullah Barghouti – is now in Israeli prison.
Palestine honor hundreds of Palestinian prisoners, including many terrorists, with a monthly salary.
Stop the terrorist salary
Abdullah Barghouti receives a monthly salary of NOK 10.000 from the PA.
Norway, which is one of the major financial contributors to Palestine, must demand that the PA stops the payment of salaries of terrorism, says father of Malki.
– I think everyone wants to see peace between Israel and the Palestinians. But Norway and other countries must understand that to indirectly contribute to that the Palestinians pay salaries to terrorists in prison, is to help maintain a Palestinian culture that supports terrorism as a political tool. It does not contribute to peace, he continued.
– Rejected that the PA pays terrorists
The Foreign Ministry has several times in recent years denied that Palelstina give salaries to terrorists.
But NRK can now reveal that already in 2004 the Palestinian finance minister, Salam Fayyad, wrote an article in which he told openly about the system of wages among other terrorists.
– Fayaad is one of our main contacts, and for me and the Conservatives, it is not credible that the Foreign Ministry did not pick this up in 2004, Peter Gitmark (conservative) says.
After the NRK disclosure of the case, the Parliamentary Scrutiny and Constitutional Committee requested information from the Foreign Ministry. The committee will investigate whether the Ministry has informed the Parliament properly on the system of salaries to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.
Confirms scheme wages to prisoners
Yesterday there came another letter from the Foreign Ministry, after questions from the committee.
Read the full letter from the Foreign Ministry here
In its letter the Foreign Ministry that it has not yet received detailed replies from Palestine.
The Foreign Ministry confirms that there is a system of wages to prisoners which has been in effect since the creation of the Palestinian Authority in the mid 90s.
In 2004 support was increased, so that prisoners who had been in jail more than 25 years, received NOK 6400 per month. The Palestinian scheme adopted legislation, which also guarantees of a prisoner to be employed by the PA after completion of sentence.
The MFA also confirms in its letter to the Parliament that the longer you have been in jail, the more money you receive.
Got over 19,000 per month
In 2010, further support for prisoners in Israeli jails, as decided by the government. For those who had served more than 30 years, support has tripled to over 19,000 Norwegian kroner a month.
The families of 70 inmates currently receive this amount, according to the Ministry’s letter to parliament. In comparison a PA official earns on average of NOK 4600 per month.
The MFA says in its letter to the Parliament that this case is a very sensitive issue as seen from the Palestinian side, and that financial support to prisoners and their families have great support in Palestinian society.
The head of the Parliamentary control and Constitutional Committee, Anders Anundsen, said the letter from the Foreign Ministry did not give good enough answers.
– That which remains unanswered, is what the Foreign Ministry knew about this scheme. And whether the State Department informed Parliament properly when the case was discussed in Parliament in 2011 and 2012, says Anundsen.
– Does not answer the most important questions
The Conservatives said the Foreign Ministry did not respond to the key issues in the case.
– What did the Foreign Ministry know about the scheme, and when did they know anything? These are questions we still have no answer to. Therefore, we must try to get replies from the Foreign Ministry, said Conservative Peter Gitmark.
– Norway has now a possibility with other countries to tell Palestine thata culture in which terrorists are being made to national heroes and get a honorary salary is not something Norway will support, Arnold Roth says.