The 'Palestinian' benefits of genocide

Tuvia Brodie,

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Tuvia Brodie
Tuvia Brodie has a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh under the name Philip Brodie. He has worked for the University of Pittsburgh, Chatham College and American Express. He and his wife made aliyah in 2010. All of his children have followed. He believes in Israel's right to exist. He believes that the words of Tanach (the Jewish Bible) are meant for us. His blog address is He usually publishes 3-4 times a week on his blog and 1-3 times at Arutz Sheva. Please check the blog regularly for new posts.

Genocide is an international crime. It’s unspeakably evil. It’s a crime against all of humanity.

Genocide means one group seeks to destroy another group. It’s a form of communal hate. It means individuals will be murdered not because they have committed a crime, but because they are members of a hated group.

Genocide is committed not only by leaders’ orders or armies. It’s also committed by private individuals (Article IV, Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, 1948).

Genocide does not happen in a vacuum (Itamar Marcus, “The Genocide Mechanism”, Jerusalem Post, April 26, 2009). The hate of a population anxious to murder others needs to be stoked and nurtured (ibid). In addition, genocide must offer some kind of benefit (ibid). Without that benefit, it might not get popular support (ibid).

The Palestinian Authority (PA) offers its citizens a ‘genocide-benefit’. In the PA, those who commit acts of genocide against Jews receive two concrete benefits: fame and money.

Those who attack Jews can become famous. Those who die during such attacks become even more famous.  Statutes, public memorial plaques, football teams, tournaments, schools, public buildings, roads and stadiums are named after those who are killed trying to kill Jews.

Jew-killers (successful or not) who are killed during their attacks aren’t called criminals; they’re called national heroes. They’re called religious ‘martyrs’.

If their death was spectacular enough, new-born Arab babies will be named after them. They will receive pubic burial attended by national officials. Headlines will lionize them because, the PA says, they have died for their religion.

PA culture and education do little to prepare PA youth for the future. Schools promotes genocide, not career or higher education. Unemployment is high. Wages are low. PA youth have no future—but not because of Israeli ‘occupation’. Israel treats Arabs better than any Arab country in the world.

PA youth have no future because the PA doesn’t give them a future. It gives them hate.

Normally, hate can’t feed a family. But PA hate does. Individual acts of genocide in the PA don’t just bring fame (above). They also bring money--because Jew-killing is like winning the lottery.  

This is why you’ll see videos of attacks by Arab youth that look incredibly stupid. For example, you might see a 16-20 year-old with a knife running wildly at three or four heavily armed and padding-protected Israeli soldiers.

These attacks are not stupid. They are financial investments.

In a culture where you’ve got no real education, no job prospects and no future, attacking Jews is a ticket to income stability, economic security and official PA support to your survivors if you die. There is no finer financial opportunity in the PA.

Murdering Jews pays (Ted Poe, “Crime pays ‑ for Palestinian terrorists”, Jerusalem Post, March 18, 2014). The PA pays salaries to all who try to kill Jews (“PA daily: PA pays salaries to prisoners, released prisoners, prisoners’ families, and families of martyrs”, Palestinian Media Watch [pmw], October 8, 2014).

The salaries paid to these lucky few are substantial by PA standards. According to one report, terrorists in Israeli prisons receive a higher average salary than PA civil servants and military personnel (Itamar Marcus, Nan Jaques Zilberdik, “Palestinian Authority Paying Salaries to Terrorists with U.S. Money”, gatestoneinstitute, July 28, 2011). Here’s the breakdown, as of 2011:

Average monthly salary:

Civil Servants recipients receive an average salary of 2882NIS/month;

PA military personnel receive an average salary of 2,704NIS/month;

A PA Arab in an Israeli prisoner for murdering a Jew receives an average salary of 3,129NIS/month.

There’s also a cash-incentive plan. The more Jews you kill, the more cash you’ll get (ibid).

The PA analyzes the details of each terrorist attack (Edwin Black, “Abbas' PA Pays Prisoners Salaries According To How Many Israelis They Murder”,, February 8, 2015). Senior PA officials--as high as President Mahmoud Abbas—study the specific carnage caused by each terrorist act (ibid). PA leaders then approve ‘appropriate’ salaries and honorary ranks in either the PA government or the military (ibid).

In 2014, the perennially cash-strapped PA paid out something like $3-7 million USD a month as salaries and other financial rewards to terrorists and their families (ibid).

This policy of putting terrorists on the official PA payroll is part of a PA law called, the ‘Palestinian Law of the Prisoner’ (Ted Poe, above). That law gives a financial incentive to genocide. That law institutionalizes the ‘genocide-benefit’.

That law does something else: because the PA has so enshrined these rewards into its law, a US Federal Court, in February 2015, found the PA guilty of officially supporting terrorism (“Jury Finds Palestinian Authority Liable for Intifada Terror”, thecounterjihadreport, February 23, 2015). You may remember this case. The Judge handed down a verdict against the PA which required it to pay victims more than 280 million dollars. That amount was then almost tripled because of the terror aspect of the case.

The Court found that the PA offered direct financial support to individuals convicted on terrorism charges. It also found that the PA pays families of PA Arabs killed during terrorist attacks. The Court ruled that such activities make the PA liable for damages for attacks during which PA terrorists killed and wounded Americans (ibid).

The Pa suffers heavy unemployment and serious economic uncertainty. These killer-martyr payments offer the greatest economic security a family can earn. Martyrdom and Jew-killing bring far greater economic benefit to a deprived family than education.

In America, you can achieve instant financial security by winning a lottery. But the actual chances of winning a big American lottery are probably something like 700,000-to-one.

PA genocide-by-private-individual is different. In the PA, individual genocide means your chance of winning financial security for yourself or your survivors is close to 100 per cent. All you have to do is attack a Jew with a knife.

PA genocide committed by a private individual works because it pays. It’s the ‘genocide-benefit’. The longer it pays, the longer the terror will continue.