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Re: [casi] accusation that Iraq gives remuneration to suicide bombers' families

Hi Lisa,
Thinking that Colin made it very clear to you, I want to say that Israel
could not continue as a (state) without USA aids: which increase year after
year. Billions of USA money to refresh Zionist economic and billions as
different kinds of weapons to kill Palestinians. We are sure that Zionist
entity is a terrorist state,  so, why USA gives it self the right to help
the terrorists while accuses Iraq that helps people who struggle to liberate
their occupied country? It is time to know who is the terrorist. It is time
to say enough to (Israel) and USA. Let us think in the way helping
Palestinians who are under siege since a week and Zionists are slaughtering
them. This is the issue now.
Nermin Al-Mufti, Baghdad

----- Original Message -----
From: "Colin Rowat" <>
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, April 03, 2002 10:11 PM
Subject: RE: [casi] accusation that Iraq gives remuneration to suicide
bombers' families

> > A few days ago I saw Wesley Clark, former high ranking
> > military officer, now correspondent for either CNN,
> > MSNBC, or Fox (I think the former) make the comment
> > that Palestinian suicide bombers' families are given
> > monetary compensation from Iraq.  This was an
> > accusation I'd never heard before.
> >
> > With NO interest in being a Saddam apologist, I do
> > want to keep my facts correct.  Can anyone comment on
> > this?
> Hi Lisa,
> The claim is generally correct, but is presented in what is likely a
> deliberately misleading fashion.  In fact, the Iraqi government claims to
> pay the families of all Palestinians killed in the intifada, the vast
> majority of whom are not suicide bombers.  Lesser sums are paid to
> Palestinians wounded and to those who've had their houses demolished by
> Israeli army.
> US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who has also made this claim
> cited various figures on April 1, in separate statements.  At a press
> briefing (,
> he explained:
> "Well, as I'm sure you've read, the Iraqis, Saddam Hussein, have announced
> that they're offering stipends to families of people -- of suicide
> They've decided that that's a good thing to do, so they're running around
> encouraging people to be suicide bombers and offering -- I think I saw
> something like $10,000 per family."
> An American Forces Press Service story that same day
> ( gave a
> slightly different figure:
> " 'I think the world ought to know that Saddam Hussein's idea of having a
> nice day is offering $10-, $20- or $30,000 ... to families who talk their
> children into going out and blowing up a restaurant in Tel Aviv or
> Jerusalem,' he said."
> Rumsfeld's confusion over the figures may stem from the Iraqi government's
> decision to increase the payments from $10,000 to $25,000 last month.
> attached below the Reuters story reporting this.  It explains that the
> government has been involved in payments like this since the start of the
> second intifada.  This has probably increased its standing in parts of the
> Arab world: while other Arab leaders are perceived as talking, Saddam is
> seen to be taking action.
> One of the ironies of this policy is that both the Iraqi and the US
> governments are publicising it.  A lesser one is that the Iraqi government
> is making payments in US dollars, and not in euros.  (It protested loudly
> gain the right to sell its oil in euros instead of in the currency of the
> oppressor.)
> Colin Rowat
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> Iraq raises aid to Palestinian uprising victims.
> BAGHDAD, March 11 (Reuters) - Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister Tareq Aziz said
> Iraq would grant $25,000 in cash to the family of each Palestinian killed
> clashes with Israeli troops in the West Bank and Gaza.
> "President Saddam Hussein has recently told head of the Palestinian
> political office Farouq al-Kaddoumi his decision to raise the sum granted
> each family of the martyrs of the Palestinian uprising to $25,000 instead
> $10,000," Aziz said.
> "It is a very simple contribution, which we consider as a modest one due
> the circumstances of the sanctions," Aziz told Arab politicians and
> representatives of non-governmental organisations late on Sunday.
> Iraq also grants $1,000 to each Palestinian wounded in the uprising and
> $5,000 to Palestinians whose homes were demolished by Israeli forces, he
> added.
> In December 2000, Iraq pledged to allocate one billion euros ($930
> of its oil-for-food deal with the United Nations to buy food and medicine
> for the Palestinians and help the families of people killed or wounded in
> the uprising, but the United Nations did not approve the pledge.
> Sanctions were imposed on Iraq in August 1990 as punishment for its 1990
> invasion of Kuwait, which ended when a U.S.-led international alliance
> ejected Iraqi troops in 1991.
> Iraq fired 39 scud missiles against Israel in the Gulf War and rejects
> talks as a sell-out of the Palestinian cause.
> Baghdad has always taken a hard line towards Israel. Saddam said at the
> start of the Palestinian uprising that Iraq was ready "to put an end to
> Zionism" if Arab rulers did not defend the Palestinians against Israel.
> At least 1,022 Palestinians and 333 Israelis have been killed since the
> uprising began in September 2000 after peace talks deadlocked.
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