The Palestinian Authority is committed to fight terrorism under the Oslo Accords, the Roadmap,and other Israel-PA agreements. However, PA courts continue to convict Arabs who help Israel fight terrorism of “collaboration,” a crime punishable by life in prison with hard labor or death.
This week, PA media reported that another Arab man has been sentenced for collaboration. The man was given a “light” sentence of 17 years in prison due to the fact that he was a minor at the time he helped Israel.
The man was found guilty of providing information on terrorists to the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), leading to the assassination of Sheikh Ibrahim al-Fayid in 2004.
Fayid, of Kalkilya, was a commander in the Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades terrorist group affiliated with the ruling Fatah party, headed by PA Chairman and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas.
This past Saturday, PA officials announced that they would provide a one-time gift of $100 to the families of those killed in battle with Israel. Less than two weeks earlier, the PA promised a total of more than $250,000 would be distributed this month to terrorists imprisoned in Israel.
During the official PA-sponsored graduation ceremony for PA Arab teens this year, young graduates dedicated the event to “the Shahids (martyrs... the prisoners... the stone and the rifle.” They also claimed Haifa, Akko, Yafo and Jerusalem as “Palestinian” cities.