Dutch call on PA to stop policy of paying terrorists

The Dutch parliament unanimously passed a motion earlier this month calling for an end to salaries that the Palestinian Authority pays to convicted terrorists.

The motion was supported by the 148 lawmakers who voted in the Dutch lower house. The body 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,” the motion read.

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

The Netherlands gives $88 million annually to the Palestinian Authority in addition to about $24 million that it donates to UNRWA, according to the 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 motion co-sponsor Joel Voordewind said recent figures show the real figure is closer to $5.5 million. — jta