Report: Mahmoud Abbas funding Jerusalem riots

PA chairman reportedly paying rioters in bid to keep tensions high in Israeli capital, provoke clashes with Israeli security forces.

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The Palestinian Authority is offering cash and other incentives to Arab residents of Jerusalem to encourage riots in the Israeli capital and violent attacks against Israeli security forces, Kan 11 journalist Gal Berger reported on Sunday.

Among the benefits being offered by the PA are cash payments of $1,000 a month for up to three months, as well as exemptions from payments to the Jerusalem District Electricity Company, which provides electricity to some predominantly Arab neighborhoods in Israel’s capital.

According to the report, the cash payments have been offered to all employees of the Waqf, the Islamic trust which manages the Temple Mount, as well as all Arab merchants in the Old City of Jerusalem.

The PA has also promised to cover tuition for Arab college students in the Old City who participate in anti-Israel riots.

In addition, PA Chief Mahmoud Abbas has invested millions of dollars preparing local Arab hospitals for future clashes with Israeli security forces and refurbishing Arab-owned properties in Jerusalem.

The PA reportedly paid some $750,000 to two hospitals in predominantly-Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem, along with $40,000 for emergency and other medical services for the Arab sector in Jerusalem. An additional $15 million was also paid out to renovate Arab homes in the capital.

The grants are, according to the report, intended to cover damages, expenses, and other losses incurred by local Arabs in the continued rioting.

Abbas has also promised citations and awards for the most active rioters.

Rioting began in and around the Old City of Jerusalem after three Israeli-Arab terrorists murdered two Israeli Border Police officers near the Temple Mount on July 14th.

After magnetometer metal detectors were placed at the entrances of the Temple Mount to prevent further terror, Islamic clerics in Jerusalem and Palestinian Authority leaders called for mass protests and declared a “Day of Rage” to demand the removal of the security devices. Muslim worshippers were also encouraged to boycott the Temple Mount until the security devices were removed.

Earlier this week, Israeli removed not only the metal detectors at the entrances to the holy site, but also security cameras around the Temple Mount.

Minutes after Muslim worshippers returned to the Temple Mount, rioters attacked police, setting off a new round of clashes which left roughly 100 injured.








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