January 27, 2011

Inflationary Martyrdom

You gotta love these "moderate" Arab leaders (see below). Saddam Hussein used to pay $25,000 per shahid (martyr), but apparently times are tough everywhere, including the martyrdom industry.

Of course, even this smaller $2,000 amount is courtesy of the American taxpayer. The $150 million in direct aid given by the U.S. in November, was actually an advance for fiscal year 2011 (in fiscal 2010, the US gave $740 million), to "help the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority close its budget deficit," according to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Well, here's a novel idea: Instead of helping them close their budget deficits, how about telling them to go easy on the shahids?!

PMW - Palestinian Media Watch  |  January 27, 2011

Abbas Gives Terrorist's Family $2000

by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

Earlier this month a Palestinian terrorist attempted to attack an Israeli checkpoint. Carrying two pipe bombs, he ran towards the Israeli soldiers, screaming "Allahu Akbar" - "Allah is Greater" - and was shot and killed before he could detonate the bombs. 

Yesterday Palestinian Authority Chairman Abbas granted "the relatives of the Shahid" $2000:

"The governor of the Jenin district, Kadura Musa, has awarded a presidential grant to the family of the Shahid (Martyr), Khaldoun Najib Samoudy, during a visit that took place yesterday in the village of Al-Yamoun. The governor noted that the grant is financial aid in the amount of $2000 that the President [Mahmoud Abbas] is awarding to the relatives of the Shahid, who was recently killed as a Martyr at the Hamra checkpoint by the Israeli occupation forces."

[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida (Fatah) Jan. 25, 2011]

Original article here.


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