June 05, 2012
Where’s the Coverage? Palestinian Leaders Allegedly Pocket Hundreds of Millions in Aid Money
A month ago, on May 8, 2012, Reuters published an interview with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad:
Given the task of building institutions in readiness for statehood, Fayyad said his job was being imperiled by a lack of resources, with Arab nations failing to hand over promised aid.
"There is an issue of survivability of the Palestinian Authority given the acute financial crisis we are going through," he said, adding his government needed a "few hundred million dollars" to keep afloat.
Despite the fact that their Arab brothers are withholding their share of aid money, the Palestinian Authority has received billions of dollars in aid from the United States and the European Union. So why is the PA on the verge of collapse? Where has that money gone? According to former PA official Mohammed Rashid, it has been embezzled by PA leaders with President Mahmoud Abbas worth an estimated $100 million.
As Palestinian journalist Khaled Abu Toameh wrote last month, Rashid is himself accused of stealing funds and the PA announced an arrest warrant against him:
The announcement came a day after Rashid appeared on a Saudi-owned TV station and threatened to expose corruption scandals in the Palestinian Authority leadership.
Palestinian leaders in Ramallah, including President Mahmoud Abbas, are deeply concerned that Rashid's revelations could seriously embarrass them and expose their role in the embezzlement of public funds.
PA leaders are not the only culprits. They claim Hamas steals from the Palestinian people as well. In a video posted by MEMRI, the Middle East Media Research Institute, PA Minister for Religious Endowment Mahmoud Habbash described the situation in Gaza on Palestinian Authority TV on March 23, 2012:
There is a fuel crisis because, to put it simply, Hamas hoards the fuel for its own vehicles, and for the convoys and modern cars driven by its so-called "warriors" in plain view of the people.
There is an electricity crisis because, to put it very simply, Hamas charges the people for electricity, but does not pay the suppliers. It pockets the money and distributes it to its "army" of employees, with whom it has swamped the electricity company. These are unnecessary and useless employees.
Hamas stole 800 million dollars from the poor, through front companies for investments. They founded a bank for fraud and deception in Gaza.
In April, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton overruled House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen who tried to put a hold on nearly $150 million in U.S. aid to the Palestinians until some accounting was given as to where the money goes:
"The U.S. has given $3 billion in aid to the Palestinians in the last five years alone, and what do we have to show for it?" Ros-Lehtinen said on Wednesday in a statement to National Journal. "Now the administration is sending even more. Where is the accountability for U.S. taxpayer dollars?"
The Congress wants to know where the money goes. No doubt taxpayers would like to know where the money goes. But, is the media interested? Not so much.
Searches turned up a few mentions of the Rashid investigation but nothing about pervasive corruption in the Palestinian leadership. Billions of dollars apparently stolen from the people it is meant to benefit and from the American taxpayers and yet… Where’s the coverage?
Posted by SC at June 5, 2012 04:30 PM
Its safe to say Bob Simon and 60 minutes will never do a story about this.
Posted by: Barry Rosen at June 5, 2012 11:37 PM
Not only is the money stolen by PA and Hamas leaders, its used for glorifications of Palestinian terrorism against Israeli civilians.
Where is the NY Times on this?
PA honors suicide bombers who murdered civilians.
PA: Terrorist Martyrs call to Palestinians:
"Follow in our path"
June 4, 2012.
Hamas and the PA use their media to brainwash yet another generation of Arab children with the tactics of hate and mass murder terrorism?
The indoctrination begins in kindergarten camps and is incorporated into summer camps for children of all ages. Hatred is deeply ingrained into the minds of these children from the beginning. Palestinian leaders are sending these brainwashed Arabs on suicide missions to murder Israeli civilians on school buses, disco's, pizzeria's, cafe's and hospitals.
These are the Islamo fascists Israel is dealing with.
Posted by: Ken Kelso at June 6, 2012 09:51 AM
And in the Israeli media, again, silence.
Israelis should not know of this.
Posted by: ofer at June 11, 2012 05:13 AM
Why is the U.S. funding Palestinian terrorism? Residents in Gaza or the West Bank are not
starving or in deep poverty and if they are repressed it is Hamas or the PA's fault.
I say for every rocket shot into Israel deduct $15 million from the U.S. subsidies. For every suicide bomber deduct $50 million, etc. If the Palestinian's can realize these are the costs of terrorism, they will stop. If the their leaders do not stop, then it should be clear to everyone that all the Palestinians want is to kill Israelis, regardless of cost to themselves. The corrupt leaders need the funds to steal and they can stop the rockets.
Posted by: Ronaldo at June 14, 2012 02:46 PM
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