and what does the US do?
UK Suspends $30 Million in Aid to Palestinian Authority
The Clarion Project
October 9, 2016
Roughly one third of the UK’s annual aid budget to the Palestinians was frozen by the Department for International Development (DfID) after it emerged the Palestinian Authority was using the money to support terrorism despite assurances it would stop doing so.
The British government suspended the $30 million in aid it sends directly to the P.A. but will continue to fund the various other charities and agencies it supports in the disputed territories.
DfID expects to restart payments next year after an investigation which will hopefully prevent the money from being sent to terrorists.
“We are not stopping for the Palestinian Authority overall, just delaying it to a date when we know our money won’t be going to people who do nothing in return for it,” a source at DfID told The Sun.
The Palestinian Authority has long continued a practice of paying full salaries to those who murdered Israeli civilians. Despite promising to cease using aid money from countries like the UK to pay those salaries, an investigation by The Mail on Sunday in March found the P.A. was funding terrorism, just through a more convoluted paper trail.
Among those receiving salaries from the P.A. for terrorism is Abdallah Barghouti, a Hamas bomb-maker who is serving 67 life sentences in Israeli prison for several high-profile bombings during the second intifada, including a nightclub bombing in 2002 that killed 66 people. He has received an estimated $150,000.
Also funded by the P.A. are Amjad and Hakim Awad, who snuck into a house in the disputed territories and slit the throats of five members of the Fogel family while they slept, including an 11 year old, a four year old and a three-month-old baby.
In 2015, the Palestinian Authority transferred control of paying prisoners to the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), a secular organization which officially renounced terrorism and violence as part of the Oslo Accords in 1993. A new PLO commission was established to pay the salaries of prisoners convicted of carrying out terrorist acts. But the commission has as its head the same man who was formerly the Palestinian Authority’s Minister for Prisoner Affairs Issa Karake. Not only that but Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, retained overall control of the new commission and transferred $116 million to the PLO on establishing this commission; the same budget which was previously allocated to the Ministry of Prisoner Affairs.
“We do not take issue with the British Government supporting genuine development in the Palestinian territories,” Richard Verber, the senior vice president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, said in a statement. “However, we have long been deeply concerned by the Department for International Development’s assertion that British tax money categorically does not fund terrorism and incitement. We welcome this move and hope that a robust and thorough investigation will be carried out. We would also like to thank the Members of Parliament and media organizations who have echoed our concerns with increasing volume over the past few months.”
Congressional Research Service
U.S. Foreign Aid to the Palestinians
Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs
March 18, 2016
Since the establishment of limited Palestinian self-rule in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the
mid-1990s, the U.S. government has committed more than $5 billion in bilateral economic and
non-lethal security assistance to the Palestinians, who are among the world’s largest per capita
recipients of international foreign aid. Successive Administrations have requested aid for the
Palestinians in apparent support of at least three major U.S. policy priorities of interest to
Promoting the prevention or mitigation of terrorism against Israel from Hamas
and other militant organizations.
Fostering stability, prosperity, and self-governance in the West Bank that may
incline Palestinians toward peaceful coexistence with Israel and a “two-state
Meeting humanitarian needs.
“From FY2008 to the present, annual Economic Support Fund (ESF) assistance to the West Bank
and Gaza Strip has averaged around $400 million, with that amount divided between U.S. Agency
for International Development (USAID)-administered project assistance (through grants and
contracts) and budget support for the Palestinian Authority (PA). Annual International Narcotics
Control and Law Enforcement (INCLE) non-lethal assistance for PA security forces and the
criminal justice sector in the West Bank has averaged around $100 million. In line with Obama
Administration requests, baseline funding levels for both ESF (including ESF-Overseas
Contingency Operations, or ESF-OCO) and INCLE have declined since FY2013, with FY2017
requested annual assistance amounts of $327.6 million for ESF and $35 million for INCLE.”
Well phew. Glad to know that all those millions are carefully regulated and well spent on stabilizing the area. And of course, we have been clearly told that NO funds found their way into the hands of terrorists for any reason. NOT! I have a lake under the Gobi Desert for sale if you believe that.
Actually in his favor Obama HAS restrained the last four years of budget amounts, well at least according to this government report. Of course, given what we know on certain “monetary payments” in the region, I seriously doubt that the Palestinians have received any decline in funds from the US. Got to love the “creative financing.” Obama and Kerry have employed.
(see page 22 of pdf – Table 1 Historical U.S. Government Contributions to UNRWA).
It went from 2008 – $184.7m to 2015 – $390.5m only dropping back to $171.1 to YTD in 2016 according to that chart. So I am not sure how the report considered it in Decline during those years, except that some has actually been held up by Congress.
Must be more of the Core Math principle or new math calculations at work.