Palestinian Terrorism: Funded by the EU?

Mahmoud AbbasIn his ploy to avoid negotiations with Israel that might actually force him to make such minimal concessions as “ending the conflict” with Israel, and recognizing Israel as the “state of the Jewish people,” Mahmoud Abbas, Chairman of the Palestinian Authority (PA), can count on the European Union (EU) to support him. That support has been both financial and political. Financially, the EU has written a virtual “blank check” for the Palestinians to use with no accountability. Politically, the EU has deemed the Palestinians as “underdogs,” deserving uncritical support. In both cases, EU support for the PA has done little to advance a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

Whether it is misplaced guilt, or fear of Arab terrorism, the EU continues to sink unaccounted billions of European taxpayer euros into the corrupt administration of Mahmoud Abbas. According to the United Kingdom’s Sunday Times, the Palestinian Authority squandered nearly 1.95 billion euros ($2.64 billion) in European aid through corruption and mismanagement between 2008 and 2012. 

The Sunday Times reported that billions of euros in European aid to the Palestinians may have been misspent, squandered or lost to corruption, according to a damning report by the European Court of Auditors, the Luxembourg-based watchdog. EU investigators who visited sites in Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank noted “significant shortcomings” in the management of funds sent to Gaza and the West Bank. Gaza is controlled by Hamas, which is classified as a terrorist organization by the EU. The auditors, according to the Sunday Times, complained about lack of measures to mitigate “high level” risks, such as “corruption, or of funds not being used for their intended purposes.”

Since the creation of the PA in the aftermath of the Oslo Accords, signed on the White House lawn in September, 1993, the EU has become the largest donor to the PA. As such, it has a responsibility to its taxpayers, who in recent years have suffered the debilitating effects of the global recession, austerity, and chronic high unemployment. The EU also has a moral responsibility to insure that its funds are not diverted to support terror, and human rights violations. The ostensible reason for the EU’s assistance to the PA is to help advance a lasting peace between Palestinians and Israelis.

Michael Theurer, chairman of the European Parliament’s Committee on Budgetary Control, writing in the Wall Street Journal (April 9, 2014) revealed in the findings of the European Court of Auditors last December that “since 2007, a considerable number of PA civil servants in Gaza have received their salaries partly funded through EU aid – even though they were not going to work due to the political situation in Gaza.” Theurer questioned how this contributes to peace building. He also asked how the EU can preserve its credibility back home when it pays salaries to people who don’t work, while millions of European citizens are unemployed?

The Court of Auditors also found that the EU paid “insufficient attention to the fungibility of the funds provided to the PA. There is reason to believe, the report noted, that EU financial assistance has allowed the PA to use its own general budget to support terrorist or criminal activities.” In addition, the PA allocates a significant portion of its budget to paying salaries to Palestinians convicted of terrorism. These salaries are five times higher than the average salary in the West Bank. Convicted terrorists also receive large grants from the PA.

An investigation by the EU anti-fraud commission into PA funding of terrorist activities, conducted in 2005, allegedly found no conclusive evidence of armed attacks financed by the European Commission’s contributions to the budget. These allegations could not be dismissed, however, given the fact that the internal and external audit capacity of the PA is largely underdeveloped. 

The removal of Salam Fayyad as Finance Minister and Prime Minister has essentially ended the PA’s opportunity for transparency and the fight against corruption and mismanagement.

The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that in 2012, the PA payments to convicted terrorists in Israeli prisons, and to the families of deceased terrorists, including suicide bombers, accounted for more than 16% of the annual foreign donations and grants to the budget of the PA. Israel considers PA payments to Palestinian terrorists in Israeli prisons and their families to be “funding terrorism.” In 2012, the PA Ministry of Prisoner Affairs transferred $75.5 million to terrorists imprisoned by Israel and their families, out of a total budget of $3.1 billion, according to Israeli government figures. In February, 2014, the Palestinian Minister of Prisoner Affairs announced an allocation of 30 million euros to current and former terrorist prisoners and their families.

Responding to the EU’s calls that its funds not go to convicted terrorists, PA Minister of Prisoner Affairs Issa Karake said on PA-TV, (November 4, 2013) “The Europeans want their money that comes to us to remain clean – not to go to families of those they claim to be terrorists. They (the Europeans) need to renounce this occupation mentality. These prisoners are heroes, fedayyeen (self-sacrificing fighters) who fought so that they could live in dignity. We appreciate the people of the revolution and are proud of them.” Calling the murderers of unarmed civilian men, women, and children heroes is a perversion of reality that even the Europeans cannot accept.

The Europeans prefer to ignore the possibility that their funding, however indirect, supports Palestinian terror against Jews, and hate education that is rivaled only by Nazi Germany. States like Israel and organizations such as Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) have time and again shown how EU funding has facilitated hate literature and hate teaching in Palestinian schools. EU money has also been used to fund anti-Semitism in the Palestinian media.  In the PA broadcasts, Jews have been described as apes, rats and crows. TV discussions that negate the Jewish connection to the Land of Israel, and characterize Israelis as bloodthirsty colonialists are not only hateful, they are inimical to peacemaking and amity between Arabs, Jews, Palestinians and Israelis.  

Michael Theurer asked how the EU can ensure that its financial assistance to the PA will help advance peace and stability in the region, while promoting freedom, democracy and the rule of law. And, he ponders how the EU can guarantee that its funds won’t be used to reward terrorism. Theurer responded at least partially to some of his questions by asserting that at the plenary of the European Parliament in early April, 2014, a resolution was passed calling for greater transparency in EU aid to the PA. 

It is easy to conclude however, that hitherto, the EU’s unrestrained financial support to the PA has done little to promote freedom, democracy, and the rule of law, and has above all been inimical to peace between the Palestinians and Israel.

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  • ObamaYoMoma

    The so-called Palestinians are the proxies of the Islamic totalitarian world and they are fighting the Jewish infidels in Israel on behalf of the Islamic totalitarian world to make Islam supreme in Israel and to render the Jewish infidels into harsh an degrading dhimmitude, and as such the jihad being waged against the Jewish infidels in Israel is no different from the many other jihads also being waged for the same purpose all over the world such as the jihad being waged against the Hindu infidels in India, the jihad being waged against the Buddhist infidels in Thailand, the jihad being waged against the Orthodox Christian infidels in Chechnya, the jihad being waged against the Christian infidels in Nigeria, and on and on ad nauseum.

    Moreover, the fact that the Euroloons are helping to fund the jihad being waged against the Jewish infidels in Israel is no different from when the US fought a jihad on behalf of the Islamic totalitarian world to oust Saddam Hussein from Kuwait or when the US fought a jihad on the behalf of the Islamic totalitarian world against the Christian Serbs in the Balkans. The Islamic totalitarian world is very adept at duping useful idiot infidels specifically on the Left in the infidel world to do their bidding for them.

  • StanleyT

    The fact is that EU money is being spent EXACTLY the way they want it to be spent. It is politically incorrect to be openly anti-Semitic, so now they simply pay others to be anti-Semitic for them.

  • dougjmiller

    It appears that anti-Semitic hatred in Europe and the desire to exterminate the Jewish people did not end with the defeat of the Nazis. The EU is no longer rounding up Jews and sending them to concentration camps and gas chambers. But the EU ideological descendants of Hitler are now economically and diplomatically helping the Arab/ Moslems complete the job of genocide. Shame on the EU for it’s bigotry and malevolence.

  • Bamaguje

    “Michael Theurer (EU budget chairman)… ponders how the EU can guarantee that its funds won’t be used to reward terrorism” – Joe Puder.

    EU under no obligation to fund hateful Palestinians for their self inflicted problems. The busybody Europeans with mostly sick economies are well advised to put their taxpayers funds to better use at home.

  • CowboyUp

    Sadly, we’re funding the PA as well. And when their sewage containment walls collapse and drown their people in their own body wastes, because too much of the concrete and metal reinforcement was used to make weapons and bunkers, or sold to reinforce the PA leadership’s private bank accounts, it’s still somehow ours and the Israelis’ fault.

  • robiekop

    The EU is not only funding the muslim terrorists, but also the Ukrainian fascists.

  • john powers

    Palestinians in exile have enjoyed one of the hightest birthrates on the planet for generations. They make no apologies that, to them, procreation is a weapon against Israel. All on EU charity. Unfortunately, Palestinians are forced to live in a state of apartheid by their host countries and now there are so many of them they are a threat to the stability to these countries. Moving to Israel is not an option for the simple reason that it would be suicidal for Israel to admit the millions that claim ‘right of return’ even if it had anywhere to put them. The EU has created a humanitarian catastrophe and will be saddled into perpetuity supporting this huge and growing stateless population that teaches its children little except hatred. Nice going, EU.

    • Softly Bob

      But how can they possibly reproduce so much? They’re all starving to death and millions of them are crammed into the smallest space imaginable, thanks to the oppressive, apartheid Israeli regime. It’s not possible for starving people to have kids and for their kids to grow up to be adults.

      Oh, yeah, I forgot – the starving, crammed in bit… that’s just another Liberal fantasy!

  • Harry_the_Horrible

    The Arabs of Palestine and their leader are corrupt? Whodathunkit?

  • Dan Borden

    Damn, every time I look at a modern map, there is no Palestine. I can find a couple of primitive sh!tholes known as Gaza and the West Bank, but no Palestine. I wonder if this is just a creation of the media?

    • Dan Borden

      Thanks Bob!!!!! Now I see it!!!!!!

  • Drdetroitdanchap

    America, throw off the YOKE of Israel.
    America is like MASTER-BLASTER in “Thunderdome”. The dwarf Israel controlling the retarded giant:
    “christian-zionism” is today’s JUDAS ISCARIOT .
    America & Christians have been YOKED by those who crucified Our Lord.
    In the bible the Jews BRAG about how they parasitically controlled Egypt AND Babylon. The bible clearly tells how Abraham twice “pimped” his own wife for monetary gain from Kings of GOOD character. Then ignorant people say one is wrong to talk about Jews controlling things. TRY READING THE BIBLE, the jews BRAG about it, insinuating themselves into positions of power is part of their culture.
    The Jews want to rebuild their “temple” so they can return to ANIMAL/BLOOD sacrifices, where they smear the blood of the animal all over (the bible describes in detail how they should rub blood all over themselves) and burn the corpse for a “PLEASING ODOR onto “their” lord”. The first 9 chapters of Leviticus involve detailed instructions for sacrificing live animals to their god. The Jews worship a WAR god. The CRUCIFIXTION of JESUS CHRIST was the FINAL sacrifice. Or don’t any of you EVER read the Bible?
    Isreal worships a WAR god. Christians have no business supporting or associating with WAR god worshipers. The only Jews Christians should embrace are those Jews who see the LIGHT and convert. WAR god followers do not embrace PEACE.
    “Judeo-Christian” is an OXYMORON. WAR-God vs PEACE-God. The Old Testament followers worship a WAR GOD and spend their lives hating, reliving every imagined slight, and dreaming of VENGENCE ….. “NEVER FORGIVE and NEVER FORGET” …. they still go on about Egypt and Babylon after MILLENIA. New Testament followers (are supposed to) worship a loving, forgiving God, and to CLOSE the Old Testament, as it has been FULLFILLED by the Crucifixion of Jesus. If you are following the OLD Testament you ARE NOT and CANNOT be a CHRISTian.
    “ANTI-Christ” does not get any greater then to CRUCIFY HIM. There is a MYTH that attempts to shift blame for the crucifixion onto Rome but the Priests sending SAUL of TARSUS and others to HUNT His followers right after the crucifixion PROVES that that is a lie. The Priests also instigated POGROMS against the early Christians. Judaism IS the ANTI-CHRIST.
    “christian-zionism” is the modern day JUDAS ISCARIOT, attacking CHRISTianity while feigning to BE Christian. Kissing Christ on the cheek for the Temple Priests.
    Jews, even to this day, refuse to set aside 2,000 years of venomous hatred for Our Savior. Judaism is a HATE group.
    “Every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is the spirit of Antichrist. He is the spirit of Antichrist who denies that Jesus is the Son of God and the Messiah.” — (I John 2:22; 4:3)

    “My opinion of Christian Zionists? They’re scum. But don’t tell them that. We need all the useful idiots we can get right now.” — Benyamin Netanyahu, Israeli prime minister
    “Once we squeeze all we can out of the United States, it can dry up and blow away.” — A comment made by Benjamin Netanyahu to Jonathan Pollard (convicted traitor and spy) upon exiting Pollard’s jail cell.
    On the day of the 9-11 attacks, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was asked what the attacks would mean for US-Israeli relations. His quick reply was: “It’s very good…….Well, it’s not good, but it will generate immediate sympathy (for Israel)”

    • Dan Borden

      Detroit – Israel is the only sane nation in the Middle East. Do you HONESTLY believe that 20 million Jews are controlling 320 million Americans?

    • Ken Kelso
      British MPs Discuss Palestinian Hate Incitement and Funding of PA
      MARCH 18, 2013

      Leaders in the British Parliament recently held a debate examining Palestinian hate incitement and the funding their country provides to the Palestinian Authority (PA).

      Several British MPs (Members of Parliament) used documentation provided by Palestinian Media Watch to point to examples of Palestinian hate incitement during the debate.

      Conservative MP Gordon Henderson pointed to several instances where PA television aired broadcasts depicting Israel as an ogre with a Star of David skull cap that impales and eats Palestinian children in Gaza; a video glorifying terrorist Ibrahim Hamid, who planned a series of suicide bombings that killed 46 Israelis; and a video of a mother dressing her son as a suicide bomber.

      “It is clear that a culture of hate has wormed its way into the very fiber of Palestinian society…Incitement takes many forms. It ranges from the denial of Israel’s right to exist to the abhorrent glorification of violence and infamous Palestinian terrorists,” MP Henderson said, according to PMW.

      Additional concern was raised by the MPs over funding of the PA. They cited British Prime Minister David Cameron’s position of denying funds to support hate incitement.

      PMW, however, claims that funding provided by Britain to the PA’s general budget has supported PA-sponsored events glorifying terrorists.

      “Contrary to PM Cameron’s assertion that ‘Britain will never support’ anyone who glorifies terror, it is supporting the PA, which glorifies terror almost daily,”PMW wrote.

      Responding to the debate, Alistair Burt, Britain’s Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, took a different tone, acknowledging the problem but arguing that hate incitement is a symptom, not a problem, according to PMW.

      “Some material was shocking and offensive,” Burt said. “It has no place in any political or historical discourse in which any credible democratic authority has a part. But my deep and genuine worry is that this incitement is not simply a cause of separation between peoples and hatred; I am afraid that it is a symptom of it.”

      The issues of Palestinian hate incitement and funding of the PA have also been debated in Norway recently following a Norwegian television news report highlighting PMW’s findings there.

    • ObamaYoMoma

      Warning! Warning! We have a Muslim admiring gullible useful idiot infidel in our midst and a moronic anti-Semite. If anyone deserves to be rendered into harsh and degrading dhimmitude, it is this unhinged moonbat!

    • Norbert Haag

      You see people like you, i.e. Jew haters, never cease to exist.

      The good news is, that their arguments are very very rarely new. You can find them in writings almost 2000 years old.

      Ha it ever crossed your mind, that 99.999 % of your arguments have been demolished before you even where born?

      Have a nice life.

    • Norbert Haag

      Oh and one more thing to think about for you.

      If the hebrew scriptures are wrong, I mean those you call the old testament, than Christianity, being founded on them is wrong.

      If the Christian scriptures are wrong, the hebrew scriptures still can be right.

      Think and use your own brain before you spill your BS.

  • Ken Kelso
    Norway admits aid money may have gone to Palestinian murderers
    Cnaan Liphshiz
    March 13, 2013

    The Palestinian Authority misled Oslo when it claimed Norwegian aid money was not used to reward the murderers of Israelis, Norway’s foreign minister said.

    Espen Barth Eide said Monday in a statement that “it is unfortunate that the incorrect information obtained from the Palestinian Authority was communicated to the Parliament.” The statement was quoted in an article by the daily Dagen.

    Anders Anundsen, a lawmaker for the Progress Party, said the government has long claimed that Norwegian aid did not go to Palestinians who are incarcerated in Israeli jails for murders and terrorist activities. The Palestinian Authority has pledged monthly payments to Palestinian prisoners in Israel since 2003 and raised payments by as much as 300 percent in 2011, according to Israel’s Channel 2 television network.

    Eide’s statement came after the ministry received new information that revealed “major difference to what we have assumed, according to earlier information we received from the P.A.,” the minister’s statement said.

    Norway’s foreign ministry brought up the subject last week during a meeting between its representatives and Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, according to Eide.

    “In this meeting we also took up the dispensation and the level of subsidy for the prisoners, and we clearly expressed that we found this to be problematic,” Eide said. “We also noted the new information on this issue differs from earlier information provided by the P.A. We also stated that we find this unfortunate.”

    Eide said the ministry was waiting for clarifications from Ramallah.

    Norwegian aid to the Palestinian Authority came under public scrutiny in Norway last month following a documentary by the NRK public broadcaster showing that aid went to inciting hate against Israel.

    Norway, one of the Palestinians’ strongest supporters in Europe, has contributed more than $50 million a year to the Palestinian Authority since 2008.

    • Christian Zionist

      Wow, why don’t you read the bible, Allah is the war god, Jesus died for our sins, he went freely to the cross for our sins. Isaiah 9:6. John 19:10-11. He was and is literally the king of the Jews directly descended from King David. Better get your God strait-the God of Israel ! Thank God for His sons sacrifice for us!

    • Christian Zionist

      Oops-for Drdetroitdanchap

  • Ken Kelso

    What sickens the Israel haters is that Jews now can fight back.
    So killing Jews for sport and slitting the throats of sleeping Jewish babies is no longer consequence free for the Muslims.

    • Dan Borden

      Yeah, it’s really funny watching the Koranimals bring rocks to a tank fight.

  • Simon Timothy

    Those who take the sword will die by the sword – those who support terrorists will be destroyed by the terrorists!

  • Marshall

    Evil is as Evil does, when the hat fits Mr Abbas you wear it. And woe be to those sanctimonious self serving despots running the EU,what a dithering bunch of fools they are. what goes around comes around.

  • Keith

    When did the EU last have its accounts approved by an independents audtior and they dont seem to care about that so why should the EU care about corruption and lack of transparency in PA financial affairs and the payment of “wages” to convicted terrorists, After all the Palestinians are only copying the EU.