Tag Archive for PA corruption

PA’s collapse provides potential “Peace & Prosperity” for Palestinians

A former senior US adviser on Islamic Affairs for the Pentagon says Israel should allow the breakdown of the Palestinian Authority to happen, so that a new generation of non-PLO leaders can replace the existing, autocratic, kleptocracy.

By  Ariel Ben Solomon , JNS and ILH Staff

 

Despite US President Donald Trump’s release of the “Peace to Prosperity” Mideast plan earlier this year to help resolve issues associated with the decades-long conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, it remains clear that no negotiations between the two parties are on the horizon amid a Palestinian boycott of the Trump administration.

Given this and the ongoing discussion of Israel’s imminent move to apply sovereignty over Judea and Samaria, questions are being raised over the viability of Palestinian Authority, especially as Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, 84, has once again threatened to cut off security cooperation with Israel over the move. Continue Reading »

A miscellany of Palestinian leaderships’ graft, skimming and misappropriations

Int’l donors don’t even bothering to track how their €billion$, earmarked for Palestinian humanitarian aid, is actually being misappropriated to fund enterprises run by Abbas’ 2 sons, skimmed to richen the inner PLO circle, embezzled by the most senior leaders and misused to perpetuate intolerance and fund terror.

By David Bedein  – The Palestinian Authority and its money

 

When it comes to humanitarian aid to the Palestinian Authority, transparency does not exist.

The result is a rich Palestinian elite which builds exclusive neighborhoods around Ramallah, leaving thousands of shoddily constructed apartments without services for the rest of Palestinian society.

Yasser Arafat set the tone for the PA when he arrived in Gaza in 1994. Continue Reading »

Bankrupt Palestinian lawmakers approve secret 67% pay raise

Palestinian public livid, but not overly surprised at their leadership known for its corruption, upon hearing of secret 2017 lavish payouts & perks, including a 67% salary hike made retroactive to 2014.
– Kept quiet for the past 2 years, the news of the unpublicized cabinet decision leaked this week when documents were posted anonymously to social media.

By The Associated Press , Israel Hayom Staff

 

The Palestinian labor market in the West Bank was limping along in 2017, with unemployment stubbornly high and economic growth slowing. But that didn’t stop the Palestinian Authority cabinet from secretly giving itself a series of lavish payouts and perks, highlighted by a 67% salary hike. Continue Reading »

Abbas rewards East Jerusalem hooligans with $25 million for week of violence

 

Israel Police reports the Palestinian government’s generous subsidies that were announced last week at peak of violent clashes between Palestinians and the Israelis, are to be distributed among East Jerusalem residents to use at their discretion.

By i24NEWS

 

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has allocated some $25 million in government subsidies to support Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem in the wake of a violent standoff with Israel over a flashpoint holy site in the city.

Israel’s Channel Two television reported Sunday that the money will be distributed as grants for Palestinian residents to be used in a variety of ways, including to fund University studies, pay off municipal debts, assist private businesses, and subsidize electricity costs for residents of the Old City. Continue Reading »

“Abu Mazen is an illegitimate leader.” – The Palestinians don’t support him.

 

Israel’s Defense Minister said at a National Security conference Tuesday that “The PA does not exist,” it is split between Fatah & Hamas, and only “a comprehensive regional settlement with the moderate Sunni world,” can make peace.

By Arutz Sheva Staff

 

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman spoke this evening (Tuesday) at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) from Tel Aviv.

In his speech, Lieberman explained that he does not believe that it is possible to reach a settlement with the Palestinian Authority in a bilateral agreement, but that a solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict can only be reached through a regional agreement. Continue Reading »

Portraying a dictator, PA president Abbas ousts another parliamentarian from Fatah movement

 

Coming to the defense of the latest expelled Palestinian Legislative Council leader, Mohammed Dahlan told the BBC on Sunday that no one has the authority to oust Fatah members from the party. “He who thinks he can expel members from Fatah should know that he does not possess such authority,” Dahlan said.

By ADAM RASGON

 

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas ousted parliamentarian Jihad Tummaleh from his Fatah faction on Saturday.

“Jihad Tummaleh is expelled from Fatah,” read an official Fatah memo.

Tummaleh was elected to the Palestinian Legislative Council in 2006 to represent Ramallah and its twin city, El-Bireh. Continue Reading »

95.5% of Palestinians polled view Mahmoud Abbas’ government as corrupt

Palestinians are becoming increasingly fed up with the PA leadership as billions & billions have been given to Abbas throughout the years, with the leaders, their families & close associates becoming millionaires, as unemployment grows & their economy stagnates.

By The Associated Press

 

A gated community of villas with well-tended flower gardens near Ramallah may help explain why Palestinians almost universally believe there is corruption in the government of President Mahmoud Abbas.

The secluded “Diplomatic Compound,” built for senior Palestinian Authority officials on subsidized land, is one of the symbols of what many Palestinians think is wrong with their leaders – that they are cut off from the people and award themselves special privileges. Continue Reading »

Obama sends Hamas $50 million to assistance and create jobs in Gaza

 

The US Agency for Int’l Development, in partnership with Catholic Relief Services, will distribute the $50 million over 5 years to provide humanitarian assistance and create jobs in the Hamas controlled enclave.

By Associated Press

 

 

The United States on Monday announced a $50 million humanitarian aid program for the Gaza Strip.

Destruction in Gaza following Operation Protective Edge (Photo: AP)

Destruction in Gaza following Operation Protective Edge – Photo: AP

US officials said the money will be used over five years to provide basic humanitarian assistance and create jobs. It will be distributed by the US Agency for International Development in partnership with Catholic Relief Services.

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“Occupied Palestine” Streets Have More Mercedes, BMWs Than Tel Aviv, Haifa or Jerusalem

 

While the media & human rights groups blame the Israeli “occupation” for poor living conditions in the Palestinian-controlled areas of Judea & Samaria, a new JCPA report shows Palestinians living in luxury, in a fast-developing society where literacy is high, infant mortality is low, & citizens are happier than most Americans.

 

A recent report published by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA) brings to light some painfully glaring contrasts developing amongst the ranks of the Palestinian Authority.

While many left-wing and human rights groups blame the Israeli “occupation” for poor living conditions in Gaza and Palestinian-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria, the report paints a picture of a new class of Palestinians living in comfort and even luxury in a fast-developing society where literacy is high, infant mortality is low and citizens are happier than most Americans. Continue Reading »

US backed Palestinian government shuts newspaper over political disagreement

 

The Arab newspaper branded the closure as politically motivate because of embarrassing reports of PA security coordination with Israel, and alleged torture within the Palestinian jails.

By REUTERS

 

The Palestinian administration in the West Bank shut down the local office of a pan-Arab newspaper this week after accusing it of “offensive” reporting on Palestinian security coordination with Israel, officials said.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas attends a ceremony in Ramallah. – Photo: REUTERS

The Palestinian administration in the West Bank shut down the local office of a pan-Arab newspaper this week after accusing it of “offensive” reporting on Palestinian security coordination with Israel, officials said. Continue Reading »

Leaked PA Documents Reveal Rampant Palestinian Corruption Under Mahmoud Abbas 

In yet another episode revealing blatant corruption within the Palestine leadership, leaked documents exposed how PA officials would demand large sums of public money for their personal use.

By Matt Wanderman

 

Newly-leaked documents once again confirm accusations against Palestinian Authority (PA) officials of corruption and misusing public funds. A senior PA official, who wished to remain anonymous, confirmed to Associated Press that the documents are authentic.

One item is a request for $4 million from Bahrain, signed by Majd al-Khaldi, PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s senior diplomatic adviser. The money was supposedly needed to build a private complex in Ramallah that would “resist the Israeli settlements.” Continue Reading »

HRW: Palestanian Authority Arresting University Students For Supporting Hamas

After Birzeit University annual student council vote was won by Hamas, Abbas’ Palestinian Authority security arrests & beat 25 students.

By i24news

 

Human Rights Watch on Thursday accused the Palestinian security forces of arresting or questioning West Bank students over their political opinions, saying several had been mistreated.

A Palestinian policeman attaches a picture of President Mahmoud Abbas to a police car during a parade in the West Bank town of Hebron, 2009 – Photo: AFP

“It is deeply worrying that students are being held by Palestinian forces for no apparent reason other than their connection to Hamas or their opinions,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, HRW’s Middle East and North Africa director. Continue Reading »

Palestinian 2014 budget: $46 million for terrorists, released prisoners’ salaries & pensions

 

 

This is in addition to tens of millions the PA already gives in salaries and other benefits to terrorists in prison.

Abbas’ Palestinian Authority funding of terrorists is enabled by unrestricted monetary aid the U.S. & the EU  countries continue to give the Palestinians for gov’t salaries and the PA’s ‘general budget’.

 

By Itamar Marcus & Nan Jacques Zilberdik

 

Most Western countries have laws and regulations prohibiting support for terrorists or former terrorists. The US, the UK, Holland, Norway, Sweden and others have debated, proposed and/or passed laws or motions in parliament against giving the Palestinian Authority money that ends up in the hands of terrorists. Continue Reading »

Qatar gives Abbas $150 million for struggling PA economy

 

Palestinian Authority reported that Qatar had answered its plea for funding.

World Bank reports that in the 1st 6 months of 2013, the West Bank economy shrank for the 1st time in 10 years following serious decline in foreign financial assistance & restrictions imposed by Jerusalem.

By Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff

The Persian Gulf state of Qatar has granted $150 million to the Palestinian Authority to help revive its economy, PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said on Wednesday.

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah – Photo: AP

The PA, which relies on foreign aid to plug a chronic budget deficit, has long struggled to pay salaries of some 170,000 civil servants and finance the costs of running main services in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Continue Reading »

Did the EU’s ‘lost’ €2 Billion aid money ‘fall close to the tree’?

Are the sons of Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president growing rich off their father’s system of ‘lost aid’ and extensive Palestinian corruption?

BY JONATHAN SCHANZER

 

 

In the wake of the Arab Spring, U.S. leaders have promised to reverse the United States’ long reliance on autocratic, unrepresentative leaders who enrich themselves at the expense of their citizens. There’s only one problem: Just as top American officials have been making these lofty promises, new details are emerging of how close family members of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, a major U.S. partner in the Middle East, have grown wealthy. Have they enriched themselves at the expense of regular Palestinians — and even U.S. Continue Reading »