In its 2018 budget, the Palestinian Authority assigned about 360 million dollars, 7% of the national Palestinian budget, to two institutions that aid terrorists that are imprisoned in Israel, released prisoners and the families of the Shahids (martyrs) that perish during attacks against civilians or in confrontations against Israel.
The institutions that received the funds are the Commission for Detainees and Ex-detainees Affairs and the Martyrs Fund, both organizations dependent on the PLO that governs the Palestinian Authority. The funds assigned to terrorists represent 46% of the donations received by the Palestinian Authority from abroad.
Since 2014, the amount assigned to the Commission for Detainees and Ex-detainees Affairs had been hidden from the official budget to cover that the Palestinian Authority was, in fact, financing payments to imprisoned and liberated terrorists.
According to Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, an official news source of the Palestinian Authority, over 5,500 Palestinian prisoners receive money from this fund. Salaries range between 650 to 3,240 dollars, according to the sentence. The more serious the crime, the longer the sentence, and therefore, the higher the payment assigned. So, if a Palestinian was not able to kill, but only to injure an Israeli citizen, he receives a much lower salary than the Palestinian who was able to kill one or more of them. And the average salary is much higher than what a Palestinian public officer could dream of, therefore killing Israelis is more profitable than working.
In 2018, the government of Israel decided to deduct the exact amount paid by the Palestinian Authority to terrorists from the amount it must reimburse from the collection of their taxes.