I recently wrote the following letter to my local MP (a Labour MP not known for any great sympathy toward Israel):
Dear XXXXXI am pleased to report that he has just replied as follows:
In light of previous communications I have had with you on this subject I sincerely hope that you will be signing this early day motion on British funding of convicted Palestinian terrorists**(see bottom for full statement):
Please note also that what is not clearly stated in the motion is the fact that prisoners reward is proportional to the number of Jews they kill. The more killed the higher their reward.
What possible reason is there for UK tax payers to continue to pay what is effectively a massive reward to terrorist murderers. Not only is this obscene, but it provides a massive incentive for other terrorists to murder.
Thank you for your email regarding the above.At the moment there are only seven signatures - which is a bit of a disgrace.
While I cannot claim to be an expert on the issues covered, as you know, the motion is extremely detailed and does not seem to me to be merely a knee-jerk response to a news story.
I have therefore added my name to the motion this afternoon. If you look on the parliamentary website tomorrow it should be there.
Daniel Greenfield posted a very good article yesterday on this subject - but restricted to the American funding of Palestinian terrorists. In fact, the combined UK and EU funding is actually far greater than the US funding. It is difficult to get an accurate figure since there are so many different sources of funding - there is the official EU Palestinian budget (which is now approximately 650 million euros per year) but most countries also provide their own funding (the UK, for example, gives about 50 million pounds per year from its Overseas Aid budget) and there is also massive additional funding through the many NGOs and charities. At some point I plan to do a proper analysis of this, but there is no doubt that if you lump all the donations together the Palestinians receive per capita many times more funding than any other people in the world (including the most desperate Africans).
** Early day motion 1151
That this House notes with concern that the Government continues to sanction payments from British taxpayers to convicted Palestinian criminals serving their sentences in Israeli prisons; further notes that the Department for International Development made payments to the Word Bank's Palestinian Development Plan (PRDP) Trust Fund, that this fund contributed to the Palestinian Authority's Ministry of Prisoners Affairs which provided salaries to prisoners, and that the payments continue through a cash transfer from the Palestinian Authority's PROP fund to the PLO; acknowledges the efforts of Zionist Federation UK's No Money for Murder campaign that highlights evidence gathered by the International Development Select Committee (IDC) in 2014, which confirms that payments are made on a scale of 1,400 NIS, £250 a month, for time served up to three years to over 12,000 NIS, £2,100 a month, for time served up to 30 years; notes that the highest salaries are comparable to starting wages for teachers and nurses in the UK; and calls on the Government to stop these payments from the International Development budget that both encourage and allow people to profit from murder.See also:
- Britain is funding the murder of Israelis
- Money for starving Africans or convicted Palestinian terrorists?
- MP's response to my letter about funding convicted Palestinian terrorists
- The UK is paying Palestinian terrorists