A Palestinian man told interrogators that he was planning a terrorist attack that he never intended to carry out in an effort to be arrested by Israeli security services and thus be rewarded with a generous compensation package from the Palestinian Authority, Israeli police documents show.
Husni Najjar was arrested over the summer on suspicion of terror activities. According to the police interrogation transcripts obtained by the Israeli research institute Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), Najjar, who had previously served time for planning a suicide bombing, said he was planning a second attack with the aim of being once again imprisoned and thus become eligible for the monthly salary that the Palestinian Authority pays to Palestinian convicts sitting in Israeli prison.
"And after [my] release [from prison]... I had a bank account with 45,000 shekels [$12,800] from [my] salary from the Palestinian Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs...and there remained a deficit of 30,000 shekels [$8,500] for the wedding,” Najjar said in the statement signed and dated on August 18, 2013, translated by PMW.
“I decided to arrange an imaginary plan for the Israeli Shabak [Israel's General Security Service] so that I would be arrested,” he said. “After I would spend five years [in prison] I would receive a salary of about 4,000 shekels [$1,100 upon release], and this amount would be for three years. That means there would be a total amount of 135,000 shekels [$38,400] and then I would cover my debts."
PMW noted that the correct amount total payment would equal 144,000 shekels [$41,000].
Director of Palestinian Media Watch Itamar Marcus told TheBlaze on Monday, “It shows that the Palestinian Authority’s payment to terrorists is not just a reward for terror but is also a motivation for terror.” Marcus’s organization tracks anti-Israel and anti-Jewish incitement in official Palestinian Authority media outlets and government funded payments to terrorists from the Palestinian Authority under President Mahmoud Abbas.
“The terrorist showed precise knowledge of the payments the Palestinian Authority gives to those arrested for terror,” PMW said in a press release, noting that Najjar engineered his ruse to cross the threshold of serving five years in prison which would qualify him for the $1,100 monthly salary and thus cover his debt.
While he awaits trial, Najjar is now sitting in prison and therefore has begun receiving his monthly payment.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas celebrates the release of Palestinian prisoners at his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah on December 31, 2013. (Photo: Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images)
PMW reported last week to the British Parliament that the Palestinian Authority distributed more than $100 million to convicted terrorists in 2013.
The Palestinian Authority earlier this month announced it would be setting aside an additional $46 million in funds for Palestinians released from Israeli prison – many of whom were convicted of carrying out terrorist attacks – with the aim of “improving” their conditions.
The former prisoners are already given a monthly stipend of up to $4,000, with the higher salaries to those who have committed more severe crimes. In November, released prisoners were each given a $50,000 bonus, Israel Radio reported then.