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January 18, 2007

On Palestinian Misery and International Aid


Ben-Dror Yemini of Ma'ariv comments on Palestinian misery, American and international aid, and Palestinian ungratefulness for the unmatched monetary assistance:

In all aspects of per capita aid for Palestinian development and well-being, they receive far more aid, for example, than Egypt. But the myth obstinately claims that the Palestinians are the “victims,�? that they must be given more and more because perhaps, that will convince them to want peace and to abandon terrorism.

According to the World Bank report, during the aforementioned years, Washington contributed $344.73 million, while the European Union contributed $298.3 million. Japan is also at the top of the list, contributing $306.09 million. After them are Germany ($270.8 million), Norway ($221.38 million), Saudi Arabia ($133.15 million), the World Bank ($127.57 million), France ($52.71 million), Britain ($39.61 million), and Kuwait ($24 million). . . .

The world rained dollars on them and they replied with criticism. They were not the oppressed of the world, but rather the pampered of the world. Most of the inhabitants of Africa , who suffer far more, can only dream of aid in the quantity given to the Palestinians. . . .

To continue with the facts: funds for economic aid and human development and to prevent hunger are supposed to flow according to the condition of the needy community. Were the Palestinians the neediest community? Comparative data show that the Palestinians are far from last place on the poverty scale. While their GNP was not at Western levels, even among the Arab-Muslim countries the Palestinians are not the last on the list.

The Human Development Index for 2003 places the “occupied Palestinian territories,�? as the Palestinian Authority is defined, in the 102 nd place out of 180 countries. Since 2003 represents the height of the intifada, one of the economic low points, and since the GNP during the 1990s was far higher, we can assume that during the 1990s the Palestinians were ranked closer to the top. In any case, even in the dire situation of 2003, the Palestinians were ahead of Algeria (ranked 103 rd ), Syria (106 th ), Egypt (116 th ), Morocco (126 th ), Yemen (156 th ) and certainly most of the countries in Africa and some in South America

Posted by TS at January 18, 2007 05:47 AM


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