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LET MY PEOPLE KNOW | Special CAEF Bulletin, December 24, 2021

What may not be widely known is that the Palestinian Authority has enacted a law to provide salaries for anyone who kills a Jew, along with the family of the murderers - for life. The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs has documented the horrific details of the "Pay for Slay" law, which has no precedent in the annals of jurisprudence.

The Palestinian Authority’s legislation and allocations of monthly salaries and benefits rewarding imprisoned and released terrorists, and the families of “Martyrs,” amounts to $300 million annually. This financial reward clearly demonstrates the PA’s institutional commitment to sponsoring terror against Israel.

Legislated incentives to murder Jews did not even exist in Nazi Germany.

On Sunday morning, November 21, 2021, Eli Kay, a 26 year old Jewish tour guide and migrant from South Africa, headed for prayers at the Jerusalem Western Wall, bedecked in his prayer shawl and phylacteries, when he was shot to death at point blank range by Fadi Abu Shkhaydema, a convicted Hamas terrorist, who was killedby police who arrived at the scene of the crime

Fadi Abu Shkhaydem held a BA and MA from l Quds University, and taught at a leading Jerusalem Arab municipality school and rose to prominence as a resident and leader of the UNRWA (United Nations Refugee and Work Agency) refugee camp in Shuafat, located in Jerusalem

The PA has already awarded the family of Fadi Abu Shkhaydem a life time salary for murdering Eli Kay.

The Canadian Antisemitism Education Foundation, working with the Nahum Bedein Center for Near East Policy Research, calls on all organizations, businesses, charities, and the Canadian government to condition funds for the PA on the repeal of the "Pay for Slay" law and to condition funds forUNRWA on the eradication of any curricula which incites violence against Israel and the Jewish people.

This is a matter of great urgency.

Eli Kay has relatives in Canada and South Africa who mourn his death and call for justice. Payment to his murderer’s family disgraces his name.

If the PA honoured killers of your parent, sibling or child with a monthly murder fee, how would you react?

Canadians must demand justice and Canada must withhold funding which pays for murder.

For further insight into PA policies see:, the site of the Bedein Center for Near East Policy Research.

Background on the Shuafat refugee camp: UNRWA in Jerusalem

Background and data

“The UNRWA Shuafat refugee camp is located a few hundred meters away from the Jerusalem French Hill neighborhood, the Hebrew University and the Pisgat Ze'ev suburb.

De facto, this is an extra-territorial area, formerly controlled by Fatah, now controlled by Hamas".

Today the camp has become one of the most crowded neighborhoods in Jerusalem. The refugee camp itself has about 20,000 residents. The camp nucleus is home to another 40,000 people and a total of about 60,000 people. According to various estimates, about 20,000 people have a refugee certificate. 70% of the camp residents work in Jerusalem and throughout Israel, benefiting from the full rights granted to each worker such as social security payments and pension.

The status of the residents of the camp at UNRWA

"Residents of the Shuafat refugee camp receive all "refugee rights" according to the definition provided by UNRWA. The Shuafat UNRWA medical clinic boasts a relatively modern facility, located in a new building where UNRWA provides free medical services for the refugee population

Shuafat also provides a well-endowed UNRWA education system. Alongside the Jerusalem Municipality's school system, there are three UNRWA schools. The teachers are defined as refugees. They teach without any Israeli supervision. UNRWA also has a significant role in the non-formal education system - such as the operation of youth clubs.

In addition, as in any refugee camp, the residents also benefit from the activities of NGOs operating in the refugee camp, mainly European organizations, which engage in informal activities, mainly youth clubs, and these too are conducted without supervision of the content transmitted by European volunteers to the camp refugees.

The physical conditions of the camp

Ever since 2003, when the "Jerusalem Envelope" wall was built, in which the Shuafat Refugee camp was left outside the wall, there has been no Israeli control over the place. Illegal construction is rampant, high-rise homes have been built, some without approved engineering design and crime has become widespread. In terms of sanitation, the situation is that there is dirt and filth in every corner and even rats. The sewage system is rotten with infectious sewage flowing in the wadi between the refugee camp and the Pisgat Ze'ev neighborhood, which creates a great stench in the area. The camp became a no-man's land and in the midst of all the chaos, radical Islamic organizations and especially Hamas have assumed effective control over the camp.

In addition, the infrastructure is very outdated. There is no road system, in most houses the electricity was stolen from the electricity system of the "East Jerusalem Electric Company" (a spokesman for the company complained a few months ago that the theft damage to the company is estimated at NIS 100 million).

The residents of the camp also do not pay for the water, and the water company refused to answer questions from the author of this report and explain why no money is charged for the use of the water by the camp residents. Officially, only 350 water consumers from the refugee camp are registered with the water company.

Control of the camp

In practice, the camp is governed by a popular committee made up of representatives of the PLO organizations, which receives a budget and instructions for action from the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah. The camp has the activities of each of the PLO organizations. In 2017, the Bedein Center produced a movie of the Shuafat refugee camp showing Hamas members armed with Kalashnikov rifles appearing in front of a cheering crowd. Fatah representatives, including a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, who is a Fatah member, were interviewed for that movie, shot on location.

The terrorist teacher who left the UNRWA refugee camp

On Sunday, November 21, 2121, the murderer Fadi Abu Shahidam, a teacher from Shuafat refugee camp, carried out a deadly shooting attack in the Old City of Jerusalem (near the Chain Gate). Two other Jews were seriously injured. An article by Dalit Halevi on Channel 7 reported that "according to a report on the Hamas website, Abu Shahidam was one of Hamas' leaders in Shuafat."

The article also showed a mass rally of support was held for the terrorist, once his martyrdom was confirmed in his neighborhood in the Shuafat camp, in which Hamas supporters participated. "During a prayer service in memory of the terrorist, Hamas flags were hoisted and shouts of support were heard for Hamas, al-Qassam Brigades, the military/terrorist arm of Hamas, and for Muhammad Deif, commander of Hamas -Qassam Brigades.”

The terrorist Abu Shahidam, was a teacher and educator in the field of Islamic culture at the Al-Rashidia School in Jerusalem. This school is supposed to be under the supervision of the State of Israel and the Jerusalem Municipality, despite the fact that "the terrorist Abu Shahidam has previously served a prison sentence for security offenses."

Canada, Stop Funding Terrorism and Violence

Canada provides funding to UNRWA as do many Western nations. Without conditioning the funding, Israelis remain in danger as do Jews worldwide. See list of top 20 countries by amount of funding in 2020. In December 2020 Canada pledged $90,000,000 over 3 years to UNRWA and in May 2021 added another $25,000,000 for immediate assistance. This funding has not been conditioned on evidence of revised educational materials and the end of terror training by UNRWA.


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