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PA using U.S. funds to pay released terrorists, congressmen say

U.S. Comptroller-General Gene Dodaro was asked to investigate how the Palestinian Authority (PA) uses American funding, the Jerusalem Post reported.
Florida Democratic Congressman Ted Deutsch and New York Democratic Congressman Steve Israel made the request after Moshe Matalon of the Israeli political party Israel Beiteinu revealed in a letter that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas systematically pays $5000 to convicted Palestinian prisoners freed from Israeli prisons. He also builds them new homes. Abbas is basically rewarding “unrepentant terrorists” according to Matalon.
The congressmen wrote a letter in which they stated that “many of the released prisoners were convicted of orchestrating and carrying out Hamas-sponsored terrorist attacks in Israel, including the bombing of a Tel Aviv nightclub that killed 21 people, the attack on a Netanya hotel that killed 29 people, and the bombing of a Sbarro Pizzeria that killed 15 people.”
Deutsch and Israel insist that there be more transparency and accountability regarding the amount of tax-payers’ money contributed to the Palestinian Investment Fund (PIF), which they say is now controlled by Hamas.
—Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JointMedia News Service

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