EU Spent Millions Paying Thousands of Gaza Employees Who Don’t Work

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Palestine as a country is a recent invention. It has no history, no kings of queens, no coins buried in the sand or culture worth noting. But it does have an impressive kleptomania. And since it lives off foreign aid from gullible Western governments, it has great scope for its thievery.

An EU audit has found that some of the money Europe provides to the Palestinian Authority (PA) goes to pay salaries for officials in Gaza who don’t work at all.

Since 2008, the EU’s largest program in PA territorry has been PEGASE DFS, which provided approximately $1.4 billion (1 billion euros) in funding from 2008 to 2012. PEGASE DFS seeks to help the PA to meet its obligations to civil servants, pensioners and vulnerable families, maintain essential public services and improve public finances.

The auditors said the EU pays one-fifth of the salaries of the PA’s 170,000 civil servants, in the Arab-occupied Jewish Biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria as well as in Gaza. European auditor Hans Gustaf Wessberg said spot checks found that in one office, out of 125 employees, 90 weren’t working.

That is the least surprising thing ever… because the PA no longer runs Gaza. Hamas does. Somebody forget to tell the EU.

Some 65,000 civil servants and members of the PA security forces in Gaza stopped reporting to their jobs in 2007, when the openly genocidal Islamist Hamas violently seized control of the territory, leaving PA chirman Mahmoud Abbas, from the rival Fatah terror group, in charge only of Judea and Samaria.

Abbas decided at the time to keep paying their salaries, on the condition they stay at home and don’t work for the Hamas government.

So Abbas is paying his terrorists and bureaucrats not to work with American and European money… and the Europeans have realized that they’re not working.

So whose fault is all this? Do you even have to ask. It’s Israel’s fault. And Israel is supposed to fix it.

“Although some important results have been achieved, there is a need for major revisions such as encouraging the PA to undertake more reforms, notably in relation to its civil service. Furthermore, a way needs to be found to bring Israel to take the necessary steps to help ensure that PEGASE DFS is effective”.

How is Israel supposed to fix a problem that involves the EU paying employees who don’t work so that they don’t work?

The report recommends that an agreement be reached with the PA for the funding of salaries and pensions from PEGASE DFS for civil servants in Gaza to be discontinued and redirected to Judea and Samaria.

And only 6 years too late. The EU. It’s like Obama with a Swedish accent.

  • mindRider

    In principle the less bureaucrats work the less disruptive they are for the system, it’s like having them on the dole which they would have been anyway had they gotten unemployed from real labor for which they where unsuited to begin with. Here Palestinian-Arabs are no different from other bureaucrats except that the European and American taxpayers furnish their dole.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Also many of the bureaucrats are really terrorist militias

  • Hank Rearden

    I have always wondered how foreign aid works. The EU gives $1 billion to the PLO. Do they send a check? Do they send pallets of currency? Who signs the receipt? Probably the best thing that could happen to the Palis is that all this “aid” stops and then they can go out and find a job.