2016-10-12 / Mideast

Britain suspends aid to Palestinians over terrorists’ salaries

The United Kingdom suspended millions of dollars in aid payments to the Palestinian Authority amid claims that the money is ending up in the hands of terrorists.

Britain’s International Development Secretary Priti Patel has ordered a freeze pending an investigation, The Sun reported.

Earlier this summer, lawmakers demanded action after revelations that UK aid supposedly paying for civil servants in Gaza was being transferred to the Palestinian Liberation Organization, which offers payment to terrorists serving sentences in Israeli jails.

One Hamas bomber was alleged to have been given more than $100,000. Other stipends paid to terrorists are said to have gone to families of suicide bombers and teenagers attacking Israel.

The decision by the Department for International Development means that over $29-million in cash is being withheld this year—a third of the total aid sent to the Palestinian territories. The majority goes to charities in the region. (JTA)

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