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US Funding Allegedly Supports Palestinian Terrorists After Hamas Deal, Experts Say

According to experts, the Biden administration may be indirectly aiding convicted Palestinian terrorists through U.S. funds provided to the Palestinian Authority. Itamar Marcus, the director of Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), claims that the Palestinian Authority pays the salaries of imprisoned terrorists and the families of martyrs using the boost in funding from the U.S. and Europe.

Marcus argues that the American and European funding makes these payments possible, stating, “It is willful blindness.” Palestinian law dictates that prisoners who serve more than five years receive a lifetime monthly salary.

The release of these terrorists follows a lawsuit filed in January by victims of terrorism and Rep. Ronny Jackson, accusing the Biden administration of providing over half a billion dollars to the Palestinian Authority without ensuring that it does not fund terrorism.

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The notorious “pay for slay” program, in which the Palestinian Authority paid stipends to the families of convicted Palestinians while they were imprisoned, has come under scrutiny.

Nine recently released Palestinian terrorists will reportedly receive monthly payments ranging from approximately $535 to $668. Concerns have been raised that some of these newly released individuals may return to terrorism.

Israeli Gen. Yossi Kuperwasser warns of their potential to re-enter terrorist activities. However, he also emphasizes that each case should be evaluated independently. Over 7,500 Palestinian prisoners who have served more than five years have reportedly received monthly salaries.

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Critics argue that the “pay for slay” program encourages terrorism. Some fear that the recent release of Palestinian prisoners will boost the popularity and influence of Hamas in the West Bank, as celebrated by the Palestinian Authority and its supporters.

The release has also raised questions about the possible misuse of U.S. funds to the Palestinian Authority. Fox News Digital reached out to the U.S. State Department for comment, but no response has been received yet.

Counterterrorism officials in Israel, the U.S., and Europe are now focusing on cracking down on Hamas’ financing, particularly after the Oct. 7 terrorist attack that resulted in numerous casualties and kidnappings.

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In 2018, Congress passed the Taylor Force Act, which aimed to cut economic aid to the Palestinian Authority until it ceased its payment policy. Israel has also passed a law with similar intentions.

The Taylor Force Act was named after a West Point graduate who was killed by a Palestinian terrorist in 2016. The cease-fire agreement between Hamas and Israel has garnered much attention, with experts stressing the importance of preventing terror financing in the region.

Despite concerns, the deal appears to be final, leaving officials with the task of addressing the issue. Israel’s Foreign Ministry declined to comment, deferring to the Office of the Prime Minister.

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