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Meet Palestine’s Million-Dollar Killers

They’re no longer getting paid to slay by American taxpayers. Now it’s time for countries like France, Germany, and Norway to stop funding the murder of Israelis.

by
Liel Leibovitz
May 07, 2018
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A Palestinian man clashes with Israeli security forces after Palestinian terrorists murdered Eitan and Na'ama Henkin in a shooting attack in October, 2015.JAAFAR ASHTIYEH/AFP/Getty Images

On October 1, 2015, Eitam Henkin, a doctoral student at Tel Aviv University who also held American citizenship, and Na’ama Henkin, a graphic designer, were traveling in their car with their four young children when four Palestinian terrorists attacked their vehicle, murdering both parents. The Henkins’ killers were arrested by Israel, each sentenced to two life sentences plus an additional 30 years in prison.And thanks to the Palestinian Authority’s pay-for-slay program, the four terrorists, all members of Hamas, are slated to become millionaires.

According to figures released by Israel’s Ministry of Defense earlier this week, the gunman, Karem Lufti Fatahi Razek, will have been paid NIS 11,232,000 ($3.1 million) by the time he turns 80; Zir Ziad Jamal Amar, another leader of the attack, will enjoy NIS 10,056,000 ($2.8 million), while Yahia Muhammad Naif Abdullah Hajj Hamad, another gunman, will receive in NIS 10,080,080 ($2.77 million). No numbers were given for the car’s driver, Samir Zahir Ibrahim Kusah.

The numbers were released ahead of a vote in the Knesset proposing Israel cut some of its payments to the PA until the latter ends its pay-for-slay program. The ministry gave other examples of convicted terrorists who are slated to earn a windfall as a result of murdering Jews. Another example is Omar al-Abed: In July of 2017, al-Abed knocked on the door of the Salomon family, which was busy celebrating the birth of a new grandson. Entering their home with a knife, he murdered Elad, Yosef, and Chaya Salomon, as their spouses and children hid upstairs, terrified. Al-Abed has already been paid NIS 12,200 ($3,370) from the PA, the Defense Ministry claimed, a sum much higher than what average Palestinians earn, and is expected to receive at least NIS 12,604,000 ($3.5 million) by the time he turns 80.

Thankfully, the United States is no longer contributing to this program of incentivizing the murder of Jews: Earlier this year, Congress passed the bipartisan Taylor Force Act, which cuts American aid to the PA until payments to terrorists and their families cease. But the same isn’t true for many European nations that continue to double down on their financial support of the PA. The growing numbers of Palestinian million-dollar killers are surely grateful for their generosity.

Liel Leibovitz is editor at large for Tablet Magazine and a host of its weekly culture podcast Unorthodox and daily Talmud podcast Take One.

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