In the wake of three Israeli security personnel being murdered by a Palestinian terrorist on Tuesday, the motivation behind the merciless attack has been uncovered – the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) “Pay to Slay” program that glorifies anti-Semitic Islamic terrorists and gives them incentives by offering large monetary rewards for murdering Israeli Jews.
After leaving his home town of Beit Souric, Nirm al-Jamal ventured to the neighboring Jewish community of Har Adar, where he fatally shot three Israeli security personnel and critically injured a fourth.
The unwarranted carnage shocked the residents of Har Adar and the outlying communities in Israel.
"They have all the rights – like the Israelis – and they betrayed big time," Har Adar Council member Anat Knafo insisted when speaking with CBN News.
The ruthless slaughter was condemned by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who blamed the carnage on the Palestinian media, society and school books – all of which he said incite violence and the murdering of Jewish people.
Netanyahu was quick to call on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to condemn the murders of the three Israelis, but instead, the Arab leader’s Fatah organization proceeded to glorify and pay tribute to the Islamic terrorist.
“[The morning was] scented with the fragrance of the martyrs,” Abbas’ terrorist-run group announced, according to CBN News.
A culture of killing
Addressing the latest Palestinian slaughter of Israelis, Palestinian Media Watch Director Itamar Marcus maintains that such attacks are seen as noble and as a tribute to the god of Islam – Allah.
"[The] Palestinian Authority, through Fatah, is telling its people that what was done was a religiously positive act," Marcus told CBN News. "Killing Israelis is a religiously positive act and this, of course, is the worst message you can give in a religious society like the Palestinian Authority."
He added that a major incentive for Palestinians to kill Jewish people is the honor that is given to the Islamic terrorist’s family after the lethal deed is carried out.
"The first thing that happens is the family receives honor, and this is critical," Marcus stressed. "The honor the family receives – every potential terrorist sees it, as well."
The Palestinians’ rewarding of such murderous behavior does not stop there.
“That ‘honor’ includes public praise, and sometimes even naming schools, town squares and sporting events after terrorists,” CBN News reported.
Marcus also indicated that slaughtering Jews works is sort of like getting a life insurance policy for one’s family – as the blood money is a gift that keeps on giving.
"And the second thing that happens is financial rewards,” the Middle East expert informed. “In this case, the wife and children of the terrorist who murdered yesterday will be receiving 2,600 shekels – about $800 a month … for life."
Marcus insisted that even though Israel’s security apparatus identified the Palestinian terrorist as a troubled individual, there is absolutely no excuse for the murderous attack that took place.
"It's not the troubled terrorist who committed terror because he was troubled,” the pro-Israel leader argued. “He was troubled, and then he heard the messages and he was more receptive because he was troubled. In any case, the full responsibility is of the Palestinian Authority and the Fatah, who are giving these messages, who are rewarding terror, who are honoring terror, who are telling them that Israelis deserve the terror."
Addressing the problem
It was then mentioned that in addition to Israel’s current crackdown of two Palestinian villages a day to stop Pay to Slay, the Jewish State could also crack down on entire Palestinian villages so that permits allowing Palestinians to work in Israel would be revoked – an enterprise Marcus assured would put more peer pressure on Palestinians to stop carrying out the attacks.
He said, however, that Western nations need to play a role in the effort against Pay to Slay in order to assure its effectiveness.
"The only way this will stop is if the leadership of the Palestinian Authority is forced by the international community to completely change the messaging," Marcus insisted. "The international community can force them. The Palestinian Authority is so dependent on foreign aid. The United States gives them foreign aid. The European Union gives them foreign aid – most of the Western European countries. They have the power to stop this."
Instead of celebrating those who mercilessly take life, Israelis are honoring those who saved lives.
“[T]he three men who were killed, including an Israeli Arab, are being hailed as the real heroes,” CBN News’ Julie Stahl pointed out. “They stopped the terrorist from entering Har Adar and killing civilians.”
Pay to Slay a hit with Palestinians
According to a survey conducted in July by the Palestinian Center of Policy and Survey Research (PCPSR), Palestinians overwhelmingly support and encourage the PA’s barbaric Pay to Slay policy.
“[A]n almost total consensus rejects pressure on the PA to terminate payments to Palestinian security prisoners i.e. convicted terrorists [and]91 percent are opposed to the suspension of PA payments to Palestinian security prisoners,’” the leader of PCPSR and well-known pollster, Dr. Khalil Shikaki declared in a report published on his organization’s website.
Another publication announced that Pay to Slay is, in fact, one of the Palestinian people’s favorite programs.
“[T]he prisoner payment program is one of the most popular PA programs,” an article published in Tablet Magazine stated. “It would be political suicide for the PA to halt it."
Fighting Pay to Slay at home
Efforts in the United States are already underway to put an end to the PA’s notorious Pay to Slay program.
“Last month, the Taylor Force Act was passed by a resounding bipartisan majority in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee [to slash funds being used for Pay to Slay],” Newsmax reported. “The bill, named after the West Point graduate and veteran, killed in a terrorist attack in Israel last year, is intended to cut American financial aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) until it ceases its egregious practice of paying generous stipends to incarcerated terrorists and/or families of deceased terrorists.”
The piece of legislation is argued to be necessary to curb – and hopefully end – the barbaric practice that has been shamefully fueled by U.S. funds that have been free-flowing through the years of the Obama admnistration.
“Perversely, the more gruesome the act of terror and the longer the sentence imposed on the perpetrator, the greater the remuneration – a practice under which ‘U.S. aid becomes a transfer payment for terrorists,’making measures to curtail it not only appropriate, but imperative,” Newsmax’s Martin Sherman impressed.