|Little House in the West Bank: Thanks for the cash, Sweden!|
Sweden is a major funder of the Palestinian Authority, and Swedish officials have admitted there's little or no transparency in the administration of this cash. PA's WAFA news agency reports on yet another chunk of what is not chump change about to pour into salaried PA pockets. Don't forget that "salaries" also include payments to families of terrorists "sadly" sitting in Israeli prisons just because they killed innocent Israelis. Note that cash also goes to the Gaza Strip--hey isn't that Hamas? Aren't they considered a terrorist organization by the EU? Why do Jews fuss over little details like illegal funding of terrorists? (H/T Tundra Tabloids.)
By the way, note that these are just one month's payments. According to an EU press release, 2012 will see an increase of 100 million euros to the Palestinian aid budget. The release states that,
-"MEPs agreed to approve an increase of €100 million in aid to Palestine and 27 million for the development co-operation instrument for Asia and Latin America. They also added €3 million for election observation missions and €3 million for the Turkish-Cypriote Community. To fund this, MEPs cut other lines such as the EU Police Mission in Afghanistan."
As you can see, PA aid is the major expense listed, and seems to be a priority over fighting terror. If you think you can't beat 'em, join 'em.
EU, Sweden contribute €24.7 million to January salaries
JERUSALEM, February 7, 2012 (WAFA) - The European Union and Sweden Tuesday contributed €24.7 million to the payment of the January salaries and pensions of around 84,300 Palestinian civil servants and pensioners in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, according to an EU press release.
The European Commission made €22.5 million contribution and Sweden made €2.2 million.
The European Commission's contribution comes from the €155 million package of financial assistance to the recurrent expenditures of the Palestinian Authority committed for 2012, said the release.
The European Commission agreed to a request by Prime Minister Salam Fayyad to frontload €116.2 million of this package in the first five months of 2012 in order to help the Palestinian Authority meet its urgent financial needs.
The €2.2 million contribution by the Swedish Government is part of its continuous support to the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian people.
By Chanah Shapira