According to a report by the palwatch.org website, the Palestinian Authority spent at least 512 million shekels on salaries for imprisoned terrorists. "3.25% of the PA’s 2020 budget was used to pay paid salaries to terrorist prisoners and released prisoners," the report said.
According to the report, since the beginning of 2020, the Palestinian Authority (PA) has been trying to hide the financial record of its payments to the Palestinian terrorist prisoners and released terrorists. In 2018 and 2019, the PA monthly budget performance reports clearly listed the transfer expenditures of the "Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs," which was primarily the payments to terrorist prisoners, as 502 and 517 million shekels respectively.
In 2020, the budget category of the "Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs" (which was later changed to the Commission for Detainees’ Affairs) was removed altogether. However, the Palestinian Media Watch institute examined the PA’s financial reports throughout 2020 and determined, as previously mentioned, that the amount the PA spent on terrorists' salaries in 2020 was no less than 512 million shekels.
"Under the budget listing of PLO 'transfer expenditures' the PA’s payments through the PLO rose more than 300% in 2020, from 161 million shekels ($50 million) to 673 million shekels ($209 million). The additional expenditure - 512 million shekels ($159 million) - is the minimum amount the PA paid to the terrorist prisoners and released terrorists in 2020," the report added.
"As a recipient of international funding, the PA must show full transparency and publicly list all its expenses, whereas the PLO is not accountable to anyone for how it spends its money. The PA wants to prevent the international community from seeing listings."