FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SEPTEMBER
DEMAND THAT EUROPEAN UNION STOP PAYING BARGHOUTI'S SALARY
Fatah Tanzim leader Marwan Barghouti is still receiving his monthly salary
as a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) despite his
imprisonment for organizing murderous attacks on Israeli civilians.
Tel-Aviv attorney Nitsana Darshan-Leitner has written to European Union's
(EU) foreign minister Chris Patten demanding that he discontinue the EU
funds which are paying the salaries of Palestinian officials. The budget
for the salaries of PLC members comes completely from EU funding to the
Attorney Darshan-Leitner alleges that Barghouti is still receiving the
$2,500 payment each month, like all other PLC members despite the fact that
he has been formally indicted by Israel for the murder of 26 Israeli
civilians and the wounding of hundreds of others. The EU provides
"humanitarian aid" to the Palestinian Authority in the amount of 9 million
euros each month. Israeli leaders have insisted that the EU funding is
being diverted by the Palestinians for use in terror attacks. Despite these
protests the EU continues to provide the funds which it claims are used
solely for civilian purposes such as paying Palestinian Authority employees.
In her letter to the Brussels based body Darshan Leitner notes that: "The
EU recklessly continues to provide funding to the Palestinian Authority
despite its having been repeatedly warned that the money is being diverted
for terrorist attacks against civilians. It cannot be denied that
European taxpayers are still paying the monthly PLC salary of
arch-terrorist Marwan Barghouti who has been indicted by our State
Prosecutor for the murder of 26 Israelis. Barghouti does not deny that he
is responsible for the months suicide bombings and drive-by shootings of
civilians perpetrated by the Tanzim, but rather that he claims that he had
a right to resist against Israel by carrying out these murders.
Tragically, the EU continues to claim that there is no "credible evidence"
its "humanitarian aid" is reaching the hands of terrorist leaders. . .
Accordingly, the EU is urged to undertake steps to ensure that Barghouti
does not continue to receive its funds."
In May Darshan-Leitner brought suit against the EU on behalf of the family
of Tehiya Blumberg for was killed in a drive-by shooting attack near Rosh
Hayan in August 2001. Her husband Steven and daughter were grievously
injured in the shooting. Members of Barghouti's Fatah Tanzim terrorist
organization have been arrested for carrying out the attack. The civil
action claims that the EU recklessly continued to provide funding to the PA
although it had been repeatedly warned that the funding was being diverted
to the terrorist organizations."
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