Holland Parliament Wants Palestine To Stop Funding Jailed Terrorists' 'Salaries'

Dutch Supply $88M in Annual Aid to Ramallah

High Price: Marwan Barghouti, the jailed Palestinian leader, is one of scores of convicted terrorists who receive monthly stipends from authorities in Ramallah.
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High Price: Marwan Barghouti, the jailed Palestinian leader, is one of scores of convicted terrorists who receive monthly stipends from authorities in Ramallah.

By JTA

Published July 13, 2014.
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The Dutch parliament passed a motion calling for an end to salaries that the Palestinian Authority pays to terrorists.

The motion, which passed unanimously, was supported by the 148 lawmakers who voted on the motion. The Dutch lower house, or the Tweede Kamer, has 150 members.

“The parliament asserts that since 2011, the Palestinian Authority transfers money to Palestinian convicts in Israeli prisons [and] that these moneys can have a negative effect, in which criminality and terrorism are rewarded,” read the motion which was submitted by Joel Voordewind and Kees Van der Staaij of the Christian Union and SGP: Reformed Political Party parties, respectively.

In the motion passed July 3, the Dutch parliament also “request the government to take effort, also in European Union frameworks, for ending this Palestinian policy” and “to inform branches of government and parliament” of the policy before the annual vote on the foreign ministry’s budget.

Votes on the ministry’s budget are often accompanied by scrutiny of how the ministry spends resources abroad, including on aid programs in the Palestinian Authority and Gaza.

The Netherlands donates $88 million annually to the Palestinian Authority in addition to another about $24 million that it donates to UNRWA, according to De Telegraaf daily.

Holland’s former foreign minister, Uri Rosenthal, has said that of those sums, only $10,800 is used by the Palestinian Authority to pay salaries to terrorists, but Voordewind said that recent figures show the real figure is closer to $5.5 million.


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