Palestinian Authority Insists Iran Aid to Terrorists' Families Pass Through Official Channels

Sending funds through informal and circuitous routes would amount to interference in internal Palestinian affairs, Abbas spokesman says.

Israeli soldiers demolish the apartment of Palestinian terrorist Maher al-Hashlamoun in Hebron, October 20, 2015.

The Palestinian Authority on Sunday demanded Iran channel any promised aid to families of slain Palestinian assailants through official channels and that to do otherwise would amount to interference in internal Palestinian affairs.

Iran's ambassador to Lebanon Mohammed Fathali had said on Wednesday his country would give $30,000 to families of terrorists whose homes were demolished by Israel, and $7,000 to the families of slain terrorists.

Responding to the offer on Sunday, Nabil Abu Rudeina, a spokesman for President Mahmoud Abbas, said that Iran should “send this money through official channels to the (PA’s) Martyrs and Prisoners Foundation rather than relying on informal and circuitous routes.” 

Twenty-eight Israelis have been killed in a five month wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence. At least 166 Palestinians have been killed, 119 said by Israel to have been terrorists. Israel says home demolitions can deter attacks. Critics say the tactic amounts to collective punishment