Jerusalem News (27 March 2016, 17 Adar-B, 5776)
1. How the British Subsidize Arab Terror Against Jews
adapted from "Facing up to UK's scandalous ongoing financing of Palestinian Arab jihad," by Arnold Roth
2. REPORT: UK BANKROLLING FOGEL FAMILY'S KILLERS by David Rosenberg
3. Jerusalem Syndrome: the madness that grips foreigners on the streets of the holy city, it's an actual medical condition
1. How the British Subsidize Arab Terror Against Jews
27-Mar-16: In UK, facing up to UKaid's scandalous ongoing financing of Palestinian Arab jihad
by Arnold Roth
For years, the scandalous funding of Palestinian Arab terrorism by European politicians has been one of the main enablers of the huge human price paid by its victims.
Since the murder of our daughter and the growing realization that her killers and their support network are major beneficiaries of this insane abuse of power, we have done what ordinary people can do: write and talk about it, try to raise awareness and give a hand to others doing it more effectively than we can.
The sad reality is that the madness continues right up until this morning. It is certain to continue until political leaders feel the pain - in the customary political way - of doing immoral things that other people, usually unwittingly, are paying for.
At one of the world's largest-circulating newspapers, they published a major story today (Sunday) which is central to a public campaign of their creating.
Daily Mail website, March 27, 2016]
Revealed, how UK aid funds TERRORISTS: After yet more budget cuts, another 12bn of your taxes are being splurged on foreign hand-outs for militants, killers, Palestinian palaces and jobs that don't exist
They introduce it today in these words:
# The scandal of how Britain fritters away billions in foreign aid, including paying salaries to convicted terrorists who have murdered hundreds of innocent people, is exposed today by a major ... investigation. The shocking revelation that thousands of Palestinian terrorists, including men who have masterminded suicide bombings and murdered children, are given cash handouts from aid money will cause anger and disbelief, particularly in the wake of the Brussels massacres. Our probe exposed how huge amounts of taxpayers' cash, that critics say should be spent in Britain, is being 'squandered' on wasteful schemes elsewhere by the Department For International Development (DFID) and Foreign Office. Despite claims of astonishing waste, the Government maintains a dogged adherence to the commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of the nation's income on foreign aid, the highest proportion of any of the world's major economies, even though last year it had to borrow 70 billion. #
As part of the expose, there is a sharp taking-apart of how British money is fueling what we have often called here the blood-lust that animates the Palestinian Arab leadership. Written by Ian Birrell, who won the UK's Foreign Reporter of the Year award last week,
it is headed in plain language: "UK Aid pays terrorists". Here's part of it:
Ahmad Musa sits beside me, a convicted double murderer sentenced to life in prison. As we talk, I ask him if he did indeed kill the two men. 'Yes, I shot them dead,' he replies.
Yet we do not meet in a jail cell. Musa is free, released after just five years. For he is a Palestinian terrorist and he was liberated under a peace deal.
Like thousands more Palestinian prisoners, including jihadi bombers and killers of children, Musa enjoys his freedom after being awarded a 'salary' for life.
He gets $'605 every month, others get far more. If they die, the cash goes to their family. These men are seen as terrorists, certainly by Israel, and many in the West
But, astonishingly, the money behind these payments, described by some as 'rewards for murder," flows from British and European taxpayers.
The UK cash comes from the Department for International Development, which will give up to '$25.5million this year to the ruling Palestinian Authority (PA) as part of a $72million aid package. Our investigation discovered that the PA passes millions on to the infamous Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO), which in turn gives it to convicted terrorists locked up in Israeli prisons and their families.
Among them are Amjad and Hakim Awad, cousins who killed Ehud and Ruth Fogel and their three children in their West Bank home in 2011. It is estimated that Amjad alone may have been paid up to $16,000 from the fund so far.
Birrell then mentions the man who assembled the exploding guitar that was carried by a human bomb into the Sbarro pizzeria in Jerusalem, murdering 15 people including our daughter Malki:
# Also on the payroll is Abdallah Barghouti, the Hamas bomb-maker who was sentenced to life after attacks in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. It is thought he has received payments totaling $106,000. Dfid [the UK government's Department for International Development] confirms that the PLO makes such payments, calling them 'social welfare' provisions for prisoners' families. It denies, however, that any British cash reaches terrorists, with the PLO taking over such payments two years ago from the PA after an international outcry.
# But a Mail on Sunday investigation has found that Britain funded the PLO until last year and that the PA openly boasts of still funding salaries of convicted terrorists, even in its own official statements.
Former prisoners and the families of terrorists we have spoken to also confirmed receiving cash from both the PA and the PLO. British aid money is supposed to be rebuilding and developing the Palestinian territories. However a devastating new report to be released this week by Palestinian Media Watch, an Israeli NGO, suggests that Western donors have been duped by assertions that the Authority no longer funds terrorists.
Some Hamas terrorist masterminds have reportedly been given more than $100,000. Other "salaries" go to relatives of suicide bombers and even teenagers involved in the latest upsurge of deadly attacks on Israel. Several ex-prisoners confirmed to me that they were paid monthly stipends that started in jail.
One said they also received a "bonus" on leaving prison and lucrative civil service job offers, the most senior posts going to those serving more than 15 years behind bars, even though they are not qualified.
PA officials openly defend such stipends. Amr Nasser, adviser to the minister of social affairs, said: 'It is not a crime to be fighting occupation. These people are heroes.
'We could be giving them much more money and it would not be enough.' Nasser added that, if Palestine won independence, the government would seek reparations from Britain for its historic role in encouraging Zionism, saying 'You should pay us more money.' #
Nearly six years ago, we complained bitterly in this blog [see "20-May-11: Rewarding the Palestinian Arab terrorists: is this being done in your name?"]
about the powerful symbolism at work in this shabby ongoing affair.
The PA is chronically short of funds, and is perpetually requesting handouts. Yet it has sufficient disposable cash to make the decision this week to channel funds to the terrorists sitting in Israeli prisons. ... It's humiliating that we, victims of these convicted jihadist terrorists, parents of murdered children, have to raise our voices about this - and evidently we are alone in doing so.
Where are the European, American and Australian voices of outrage at what is being done with taxpayer funded aid money, and in their names?
2. REPORT: UK BANKROLLING FOGEL FAMILY'S KILLERS
by David Rosenberg
Every year, the UK funds the Palestinian Authority to the tune of more than $100 million, including direct cash transfers. According to a new report, much of it goes to supporting terrorists guilty of the worst atrocities.
Despite denials by the UK's Department For International Development (DFID), an investigation by the Daily Mail has revealed that much of the $100 million given to the PA has been used for purposes other than humanitarian aid, including the construction of lavish mansions and funding for terrorists guilty of murdering Israelis.
On Saturday the paper revealed that until last year, the UK had been funding the Palestine Liberation Organization directly, supplying the terrorist group with money it passes on to terrorists and their families.
Among the recipients of these funds are Amjad and Hakim Awad, the terrorist murderers who broke into the Fogel family home in Itamar, slaughtering the parents and three children. The terrorist cousins received $23,000 thus far.
Abdallah Barghouti, a senior Hamas commander and bomb-maker, known as "the engineer", is another beneficiary of the terrorist fund, receiving an estimated $150,000. Barghouti is responsible for a series of deadly suicide bombings, including the bombing of Hebrew University in 2002.
While the UK and EU now transfer funds through the Palestinian Authority, rather than directly to the PLO, there is often little practical difference, as the PLO runs the PA. Cash payments made to the PA are easily passed on to the PLO, and with Hamas a member of the PA unity government, it receives a significant portion of PA funds.
According to Itamar Marcus, Director of the Palestinian Media Watch organization, the EU and UK had chosen to turn a blind eye to the systematic misuse of funds they give the Palestinian Authority every year.
3. Jerusalem Syndrome: the madness that grips foreigners on the streets of the holy city, "it's an actual medical condition"
An Irish schoolteacher who came to a Jerusalem hospital convinced she was about to give birth to the Baby Jesus when in fact she was not even pregnant.
A Canadian tourist who believed he was the Biblical strongman Sampson and tried to tear stone blocks out of the Wailing Wall.
An Austrian man who flew into a rage in his hotel kitchen when staff refused to prepare the Last Supper for him.
These are just a few examples of what has come to be known as the Jerusalem Syndrome: a well-documented phenomenon where foreign visitors suffer psychotic delusions that they are figures from the Bible or harbingers of the End of Days.
Israel's health ministry records around 50 cases a year where a tourist's delusions are so strong that police or mental health professionals are forced to intervene. Many more incidents go undocumented on the streets of Jerusalem's Old City.
The city's hospitals are expecting fresh cases as tourists flock to Jerusalem for the Easter weekend and doctors are preparing now-familiar routines of alerting foreign embassies that one their citizens believes he is John the Baptist or King Solomon.
Evidence of the Jerusalem Syndrome dates back to Medieval times and observers throughout the centuries have noted the air of madness that seems to hang over the city.
As J.E. Hanauer, a British traveller and Anglican vicar, wrote in around 1870: 'It is an odd fact that many Americans who arrive at Jerusalem are either lunatics or lose their mind thereafter.'
Modern psychiatrists describe the sufferer's delusions as highly theatrical and very public. They will often rip hotel bed sheets into makeshift togas, deliver impromptu sermons in front of holy sites and go wailing through the streets.
'Their appearance is very dramatic and they use Jerusalem as a stage and deliberately go there to play out their act, an act that they entirely believe to be true,' said Dr Moshe Kalian, the former district psychiatrist of Jerusalem and a leading authority on the syndrome.
Interestingly, the affliction has been recorded among Jews and Christians but not Muslims.
The majority of those who are hospitalised suffered mental health problems in their own countries and came to Jerusalem deliberately on what they saw as a mission from God.
They are mostly harmless but occasionally sufferers become violent.