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Where does this money go, or rather to whom?

Posted by on Jun. 26, 2010 at 11:30 PM
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According to this article..the Palestinians receive more funding and money than any other country from not only the US, but other sources as well.   Where does this financial aid go?  Why are the Palestinians still not seeing improvements in their living conditions? 

 

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Funding the 'poor' Palestinians

There is a very good article here comparing the amount of aid that the US is giving this year to Gaza (meaning explicitly Hamas) compared to a country in far more desperate (and deserving) need, namely Haiti. The article shows that, based on the population size, Gazans will get 7.5 times more than Haitians.

In fact, charitable funding for Palestinians (most of which ultimately is paid for by taxpayers in the US and Western Europe and not by oil-rich Arab nations) is, by a huge margin, pro-rata more than is given in aid to any other nation or people in the world. No people in the history of the world have been so lavishly showered with charity as the Palestinians. The main reason for this is that, unlike any other people or refugees in history, the Palestinians have their own dedicated UN agency - UNRWA. The official web page of UNRWA states that it has an annual budget of $1.23 billion mainly from money donated by the governments of the USA and Western Europe. But the UNRWA funding does not include the many other regular charitable donations the Palestinians receive from charities and NGOs such as Oxfam, War on Want and Christian Aid as well as the regular 'special appeals' such as the DEC appeal in January 2009 (it is difficult to get the exact figures from these organisations but, for example, the Christian Aid 2009 annual report gives a figure of £17.5 million spent in the Middle East and it is almost certain that over 50% of this was to the Palestinians, while War on Want focues almost entirely on the Palestinians). Nor does the UNRWA budget include the frequent one-off payments such as that made last weekend by the British Government (£19 million on top of the annual £200 million at a time when we are told the Government has no money and plans massive cuts everywhere) and the US government ($400 million). Both of these special payments were, effectively, one-off rewards to Hamas for engineering the flotilla incident. In 2007 an international conference in Paris saw a pledge of an additional $7.4 billion over the following 3 years to the Palestinian Authority.

When you add in the Iranian government's direct support of Hamas (believed to be a billion dollars over the last two years) and the unspecified funding of Hamas that comes from the Gulf states, it is likely that charitable foreign donations/aid to the Palestinians in Gaza amounts currently to at least $3 billion dollars per year. That works out - per person - at some 60 times greater than aid received by Haiti and several hundreds times per person more than most African countries.

If even a small proportion of this aid was spent on genuine humanitarian needs and nation building then it might be partially justified. But most of the foreign aid cash given to the Palestinians is unaccounted for (possibly as much as 90%) and hence goes direct to Hamas or (in the West Bank) into the Swiss banking accounts of PA officials (this is how Yasser Arafat accumulated several billions of dollars in his own private accounts). The massive, disproportionate charitable donations to Palestinians not only ensures a culture of total dependence (hence stopping any real economic development) but is also the primary enabler of their continued terrorism. You would have thought that Western governments would have twigged by now just how counter-productive it is, but the liberal elite in charge simply cannot resist the lure of Palestinian victimhood.

If you want to do something about it then one small thing you can do is tell anybody you know never to give to the charities that are most agressively and politically 'pro-Palestinian' (or, more correctly 'anti-Israel' like the ones I've listed above. In particular, these are the charities that most benefit from "Comic Relief" - if you support Israel make sure you never again buy a red nose. See the report here for details:
http://edgar1981.blogspot.com/2010/06/funding-poor-palestinians.html

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by on Jun. 26, 2010 at 11:30 PM
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LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Jun. 26, 2010 at 11:34 PM
There are no hard facts in your blog - only speculation & opinion. That is why I always call shenanigans on blogs.
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tericared
by on Jun. 26, 2010 at 11:38 PM

 blogs..oh please...

Mandipants
by on Jun. 26, 2010 at 11:40 PM


Quoting LauraKW:

There are no hard facts in your blog - only speculation & opinion. That is why I always call shenanigans on blogs.

EVIL shenanigans.


muslimah
by on Jun. 26, 2010 at 11:43 PM

Not only is your blog completely out of touch with reality but it is well known fact that can easily be researched the israel is the largest beneficiary of U.S. foreign aid to the tune of a minimum of 7 million dollars a day not including forgiven debts and military arms and Egypt is the second largest beneficiary and has been since The Camp David Accords.

tweety101149
by Platinum Member on Jun. 28, 2010 at 11:43 AM

I posted one man's opinion.....it is his blog...and perhaps the truths according to him...has merit.....we all know that millions of dollars are given to the Palestinian cause.....if the people don't benefit from the money and aid.....then perhaps they should check out why they don't receive it..  because unless it is weapons....then  it isn't confiscated.

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LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Jun. 28, 2010 at 12:03 PM
Opinion. Bring hard fact and people will respect the facts. Until then - Shenanigans.


Quoting tweety101149:

I posted one man's opinion.....it is his blog...and perhaps the truths according to him...has merit.....we all know that millions of dollars are given to the Palestinian cause.....if the people don't benefit from the money and aid.....then perhaps they should check out why they don't receive it..  because unless it is weapons....then  it isn't confiscated.


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tweety101149
by Platinum Member on Jun. 28, 2010 at 12:57 PM

 

Quoting LauraKW:

Opinion. Bring hard fact and people will respect the facts. Until then - Shenanigans.


Quoting tweety101149:

I posted one man's opinion.....it is his blog...and perhaps the truths according to him...has merit.....we all know that millions of dollars are given to the Palestinian cause.....if the people don't benefit from the money and aid.....then perhaps they should check out why they don't receive it..  because unless it is weapons....then  it isn't confiscated.


Most of these posts are based on opinions, peppered with propaganda...but the fact of the matter is.....Palestinans have received and will continue to receive aid.....the question still remains why don't the Palestinian people benefit from said aid, or do only some see the benefit of aid aid..?   

 

Headline News
Monday, June 07, 2010 Israel Today Staff

Palestinians admit Gaza not starving, Hamas steals aid

In the wake of the Gaza flotilla incident, anti-Israel activists around the world have worked to boost their message that the Gaza Strip is the most destitute place on earth, where famine and plague rule.

But remarks by Palestinians living in Gaza to international media outlets covering the aid flotilla story paint a very different picture.

"There is no starvation in Gaza. No one has died of hunger," Khalil Hamada, a senior official at Gaza's Ministry of Justice, told London's Daily Telegraph. Sticking to the Hamas party line, he then went on to criticize Israel's embargo as "inhumane" and "brutal."

Since much of the international media ignores Palestinians when they admit Israel isn't so bad, Israel itself tried to counter the misinformation regarding the Gaza embargo by publishing figures showing how much aid enters the territory.

According to figures released by Israel's Foreign Ministry, in the first quarter of 2010 (January-March), 94,500 tons of supplies passed through Israel's border crossings with Gaza. That aid included 40,000 tons of wheat (equal to 53 million loaves of bread), 2,760 tones of rice (or 69 million servings), 1,987 tons of clothes (the equivalent of 3.6 million pairs of jeans), and 553 tons of milk powder and baby food.

And it's not just essential goods Israel provides. During the Muslim holy month of Ramadan late last year, Israel brought 11,000 head of cattle into Gaza, enough for 8.8 million meals of beef.

The problem is that most of these goods never reach average average Gazans. It is a long-time policy of the Palestinian and wider Arab leadership to maintain a victim or "refugee" status among average Palestinians.

Gaza resident Zaed Khadar acknowledged as much in an interview with Germany's Der Spiegel:

"People who are not in with Hamas don't see any of the relief goods or the gifts of money. Hamas supporters get prefabricated housing, furnishings and paid work. We get nothing."

http://www.israeltoday.co.il/default.aspx?tabid=178&nid=21252

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$400 Million in Foreign Aid to Palestine

Another $400 million in foreign aid is being sent to the middle east. While Americans are suffering and struggling to find jobs and make ends meet, Obama is driving us ever deeper into debt by taking it upon himself to bailout the Palestinians.

http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=177984

http://american3p.org/?p=769

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