Iran pledges new funds for families of Palestinian terrorists

Julie Wiener

Israeli security forces and rescue personnel at the scene of a terror attack at Gush Etzion Junction, on Feb. 24, 2016. A 23-year-old Israeli man was critically injured by gunfire meant to stop a Palestinian assailant in a stabbing attack; the assailant also was hit. (Gershon Elinson/FLASH90)

Israeli security forces and rescue personnel at the scene of a deadly terror attack in the West Bank, Feb. 24, 2016.  (Gershon Elinson/Flash 90)

(JTA) — Iran announced it will pay thousands of dollars to families of Palestinians killed while carrying out terror attacks against Israelis.

Mohammad Fateh Ali, the Iranian ambassador to Lebanon, said Wednesday his country is allocating $7,000 to families of “martyrs of the intifada in occupied Jerusalem” and will give $30,000 to each family “whose home the occupation has demolished for the participation of one of its sons,” the Times of Israel reported, citing local news reports.

Israel promptly condemned the announcement, saying in a Foreign Ministry statement: “This is further proof of Iran’s deep involvement in support for anti-Israeli terrorism. After the [nuclear] agreement with world powers, Iran has allowed itself to continue as a major player in international terrorism.”

Israel strongly opposed the Iran nuclear agreement, which lifts sanctions in exchange for Tehran curbing its nuclear program. Among its objections to the agreement was that it would free up money for the Islamic Republic to use in funding terrorism in Israel and elsewhere.

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According to the Times of Israel, Iran is believed to have increased its funding of the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas since the nuclear deal was signed.

On Wednesday, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon warned that Iran is funding and training sleeper cells to attack targets in Israel, the United States and Europe.

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