As noted here on several occasions, the subjects of incitement and glorification of terrorism on the part of the Palestinian Authority do not receive appropriate coverage from the BBC and are not among the factors it informs its audiences are “Core Issues” of negotiations or “Obstacles to Peace“.
Hence, the millions of people around the world who get their Middle East news from the BBC (and form opinions based on the information provided) will be unlikely to learn of this follow-up story to the recent prisoner releases carried out by Israel as a ‘confidence-building gesture’ to the Palestinian Authority.
“Palestinian prisoners, who were convicted of killing Israelis and then released by Israel as a goodwill gesture to grease peace talks, were given at least $50,000 apiece as well as a comfortable monthly salary from the Palestinian Authority.” […]
“Depending on the length of their jail term, the prisoners received more cash. Those who were held for over 25 years were entitled to $50,000, in addition to a position as a deputy minister or a promotion to the rank of major-general in the security forces, both of which earn them monthly wages of NIS 14,000 (nearly $4,000), Walla reported late Sunday.
Those who spent less than 25 years in Israeli prisons received a similar bonus as well as promotion to a deputy directorship in a government ministry or to the rank of brigadier-general, with a monthly wage of NIS 10,000 ($2,800) on the PA’s payroll, the report said.” […]
“Issa Abd Rabbo, the most veteran of the prisoners released, received a $60,000 bonus, with the PA reportedly also offering to foot the bill for a wedding should he choose to marry. He was convicted of murdering two Israeli hikers south of Jerusalem in 1984, after tying them up at gunpoint and placing bags over their heads.”
The subject of Palestinian Authority payment of salaries to imprisoned terrorists in Israeli prisons is one which the BBC has consistently avoided addressing in various reports on the state of the PA’s perennial financial crisis. Previous PA announcements of additional cash rewards to released terrorists have also not made it onto the BBC radar.
Obviously, the ability of BBC audiences to “participate in the global debate on significant international issues” such as the Middle East peace process is severely hampered when the BBC self-censors on such critical factors as the use of donor country funds for the glorification of terrorism and ‘jobs for the terrorist boys’ in PA government posts.
An obstacle to peace the BBC won’t tell you about