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Soldier’s kidnappers on P.A. payroll

The Zionist Organization of America urged President Bush to stop supporting the Palestinian Authority after learning that two kidnappers of an Israeli soldier were paid by the Palestinian Authority.The Jerusalem Post reported that Muhammad Azmi Farawneh and Majdi Tayseer Hammad, who were both involved in last year’s kidnapping of Cpl. Gilad Shalit, were on the P.A. payroll. They were killed in Gaza by Israeli missiles.Their families protested to the Palestinian Authority that it should increase pension payments, and a Palestinian legal group wrote to P.A. officials on their behalf, leading to the disclosure that the kidnappers were paid by the Palestinian Authority.”Here is yet a further example among many of Mahmoud Abbas’ continuing support for the terrorism which he purports to denounce in his English-language statements,” ZOA President Morton Klein said in a statement, referring to the P.A. president.The ZOA added that it should be a wake-up call for the Bush administration to stop providing support to the Palestinian Authority.”We again urge President Bush, who describes himself as ‘the best friend that Israel ever had,’ to cease supporting and funding Mahmoud Abbas and the P.A. terror regime,” Klein said.