(Tel Aviv) Shurat HaDin - Israel Law Center has written to the leaders of British, French, German & Spanish Parliaments urging them NOT to provide the Palestinian Authority's (PA) Preventive Security Service with any additional funding. The letter comes in response to the recent "urgent request" from the PA's Security Chief Mohammed Dahlan, that the European Union provide his forces with an additional $400 million. Dahlan claims that he needs the funds in order to rebuild and re-equip the Preventive Security Service's depleted ranks and infrastructure.
Despite his recent rise to prominence as PA leader Mahmoud Abbas' security boss and his support from the Central Intelligence Agency, Dahlan and his former deputy, Rashid Abu Shabak, are the chief suspects in the November 20, 2000, bombing of an Israeli school bus outside of Kfar Darom (Gaza).
Dahlan and Abu Shabak are defendants in civil actions filed by the bus bombing victims and their families in Israel and the United States.
In the letter to the Parliament heads, Shurat HaDin Director Nitsana arshan-Leitner wrote that her organization is fearful that Dahlan will use he European funds to enlist and arm thousands of Hamas and Islamic Jihad members in his new Gaza militia. While previously serving as head of the Preventive Security Service, Dahlan's group had been at the forefront of terrorist attacks initiating from Gaza. The Preventive Security Service, which also operates under the nom de plume 'Martyrs of al-Aqsa', continues to carry out terrorist attacks and provides safe haven to fugitive Hamas terrorists- including master bomb maker Mohammed Deif.
In her letter to the European leaders, Darshan-Leitner noted that: "Dahlan is still the leading suspect in the November 2000 bombing of an Israeli school bus in Kfar Darom. This attack specifically targeted young Jewish children and school teachers. To provide additional funds to Dahlan is no different than European nations supplying dynamite and nails to Hamas."
Moreover, the letter alleges that Dahlan's Preventive Security Service officers are guilty of numerous other terror attacks against Israeli civilians that should be categorized as "crimes against humanity," which all European nations have signed international conventions obligating them to prosecute.