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Where’s the Shame? U.S. Tax Dollars Funding Palestinian Fiscal Incompetence & Terror

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

The economy presided over by the Palestinian Authority and its head Mahmoud Abbas is a peculiar thing.

A year ago, the New York Times reported that the PA had managed to run up a deficit of more than half a billion US dollars in 2011 alone, and was borrowing heavily from unspecified banks. The financial crisis, according to PA prime minister and famed economist Salam Fayyad, was due to the failure of the PA’s sovereign friends to make good on their pledges. “Of the $971 million pledged by donors for this year, $330 million of it has been paid so far,” said the July 2011 report, quickly adding that “Fayyad said the current financial crisis had no bearing on the Palestinians’ readiness for independence.”

Ready for independence or not, the PA has now managed to run up an electricity tab of more than NIS 700 million. That’s how much they owed the Israel Electric Company as of September 1, 2012. Israel’s minister for energy Uzi Landau said yesterday that he will be instructing the IEC “to take all necessary steps to collect these debts, with all the implications that may arise.” Does he mean to turn off the power to the Abbas regime? Maybe.

The Times of Israel noted that:

“The accumulated electricity debt is another sign of the Palestinian Authority’s mounting cash crunch, which it largely blames on a sharp reduction in foreign aid since 2011.”

In tough economic times, you make tough economic decisions. Unless you’re the Palestinian Authority. Contemplate yesterday‘s report from Israel’s Channel 2, that the Palestinian Authority is spending $4.5 million a month paying salaries to  Palestinians in Israeli jails and to their families.

According to the report, the amount the Palestinians receives depends on  how long he is sentenced to (or in other words, how severe the crimes of the terrorist were).  Pursuant to a 2003 Palestinian Authority law, getting sentenced up to five years in prison earns NIS 1,000 ($250) per month. A life sentence earns NIS 4,000 ($1,000).  That amount increased further in 2011, under Fayyad’s stewardship, by an average of 300%.

And these terror-salaries and family benefits are not restricted to the members of the so-called “moderate” Palestinian factions like Fatah. They include Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

The report goes on to say that murderers get paid even more, the longer their incarceration. To illustrate, the Channel 2 report brings the case of the multiple murderer Abdullah Barghouti, sentenced in 2004 to 67 life sentences – one for each of the lives he snuffed out. He’s also the man who built the bomb that murdered Malki Roth (the daughter of the authors of this article). As a convicted murderer on behalf of the Palestinian Arabs, he qualifies for a monthly stipend of NIS 4,000 ($1,000). This will rise automatically next year to NIS 6,000.

(Here’s the original Channel 2 news report in Hebrew; and the Times of Israel‘s English version).

According to the U.S. Institute of Peace as well as the Congressional Research Service, Palestinians in Judea and Samaria (“West Bank”) and the Gaza Strip, are “the largest per capita recipients of international development assistance in the world.”

Who makes available the funding that allows the PA to conduct its unconscionable, terror-encouraging financial policies? Well, quite a number of people, if you’re asking. And some that may be quite close to where you live.

In an article for Algeminier, Arsen Ostrovsky, a fellow at the American Center for Democracy, wrote that:

In the last five years, the U.S. government has poured at least $4 billion in aid to the Palestinians, with very little to show in return – except more terror and corruption.Since 2008, annual U.S. bilateral assistance to the PA has averaged over $600 million, including $513 million for the current budgetary year.Time has now long come to ask whether the U.S. should continue funding at all.

Ostrovsky notes that when this past April, Congresswomen Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fl), as chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee put a hold on $59 million destined to the Palestinian Authority, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released them anyway on the grounds that the funds ” provided critical support to the Palestinian people and those leaders seeking to combat extremism within their society and build a more stable future.”

Salam Fayyad, ‘The Moderate’?

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

The Salam Fayyad government has just punished a school principal for allowing his pupils to dance with Israelis during a trip to the beach in Jaffa.

Because of his “crime,” Mohammed Abu Samra, principle of the Al-Slama [peace] Secondary School in the West Bank city of Kalkilya, was reassigned to a remote school.

Fayyad’s ministry of education decided on the move after the principle organized a picnic for 45 Palestinian pupils to the beach. “My pupils were attracted to the music and I could not say no to them,” Abu Samra told the Gulf News newspaper. “My pupils started dancing and I also joined them.” He said that at one point some Israeli men and women joined the dance.

It is hard to imagine, however, that the measure against the school principle was taken without Fayyad’s knowledge or approval. This is the same government that continues to combat all forms of “normalization” with Israel. Many Palestinian groups and political factions in the West Bank have banned their members from participating in meetings with Israelis and the Fayyad government seems to have endorsed this policy.

The most recent “anti-normalization” decision was taken by the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate, which operates under the jurisdiction of the Fayyad government in the West Bank. The syndicate issued a warning to all its members against holding any form of contact with their Israeli counterparts, and threatened punitive measures against those who violate the ban.

The Fayyad government has also banned Palestinians from dealing directly with Israeli “liaison” offices in the West Bank. These offices, belonging to the Israeli Civil Administration, were created, among other reasons, to assist Palestinians in obtaining permits to work and receive medical treatment in Israel.

Fayyad was one of the first Palestinian officials to lead a campaign to boycott products of Israeli settlements. His office even invited journalists to cover an event where Fayyad personally set fire to settler products that were confiscated by his police forces in the West Bank. The Fayyad government is also responsible for the continued crackdown on Palestinian journalists and bloggers in the West Bank. In recent weeks, more than 15 journalists and bloggers were imprisoned or summoned for interrogation for exposing corruption scandals or posting critical comments on Facebook. The crackdown was ordered by Fayyad’s attorney-general, Ahmed al-Mughni.

Fayyad’s TV and radio stations in Ramallah continue to glorify terrorists and suicide bombers, referring to them as heroes and martyrs and dedicating songs and poems in their honor.

In addition, the Fayyad government continues to hold dozens of Palestinians in prison without detention and is refusing to carry out court orders to release some of the detainees. As one PLO official said, “The judiciary system in Palestine has become a joke under Salam Fayyad and President Mahmoud Abbas.”

Fayyad supporters have defended him by blaming Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah faction for human rights violations and the clampdown on journalists and bloggers. They claim that Fayyad has no real powers over the various security forces or the Palestinian Authority media. Nor, they say, does Fayyad have control over the decisions of the attorney-general.

So if Fayyad is not responsible for anything that goes wrong in the Palestinian Authority, why hasn’t he, for example spoken out against the violations perpetrated by Abbas and his lieutenants? Or, if he is opposed to the arrest of journalists and the closure of news websites, why hasn’t he resigned?

Fayyad often comes across in the international community as a “moderate” man who believes in peace and coexistence with Israel; but his actions in the past few years reveal that the Palestinian prime minister is anything but liberal or moderate, even if he did receive a doctorate at the University of Texas.

By punishing the school principle for allowing his pupils to dance with Israelis on the beach, Fayyad’s government is telling Palestinians that their children must not have any contact with Israelis, even if it is intended for entertainment.

If Fayyad does not want Palestinian children to mix with Israelis, why does he continue to live in an Arab neighborhood in Jerusalem that is under Israeli sovereignty? And why does he continue to meet with Israelis on different occasions? If, as his aides say, he despises Mahmoud Abbas and believes that he is leading the Palestinians toward the abyss, why doesn’t he tell this to the president in his face? Or is it possible that Fayyad and Abbas are playing the good cop and bad cop?
Originally published by Gatestone Institute http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org

Bibi, Can You Bomb Iran Already or Just Shut Up?

Monday, March 12th, 2012
I am getting really fed up with all the talk and speculation about Israel’s plans to bomb Iran. Will Israel bomb Iran or won’t they? Will America approve the attack or not? Is Israel secretly infecting Iranian computers with fatal viruses? Is Israel backing Iranian underground terrorists? Are Mossad agents assassinating Iranian nuclear scientists? What is all this speculation worth? If we talk about it day and night, is it going to help the situation?
If there is one thing that Iran’s leadership has made very clear, it is that it has no concern with Western public opinion or its media image. Human rights, too, are of little concern to a country that has one of the highest known execution rates in the world. Daily, Iranians are executed for crimes such as rape, murder, drug trafficking, homosexuality, and other forms of “spreading corruption on Earth.” Leaked reports and cell phone videos have shown rape of both men and women in the custody of law enforcement, as a means of degradation and punishment. Beatings and arrests of protesters who oppose the regime are the norm when citizens dare to take to the streets. (On a side note, the silence of the international community on the topic of atrocities committed by the Iranian regime on its own people is deafening.)
America has been at odds with Iran for over three decades – ever since the Islamic Revolution there in the late 1970′s. Years of Western sanctions have had little influence in changing its policies, but sanctions are still suggested by many world leaders as a means of pressuring Iran to discard their nuclear armament programs. Iran’s President Ahmadinejad, a regular guest of the United Nations general assembly in New York, denies the holocaust just as he denies that his nuclear plans include using the bomb on Israel. Meanwhile, from the other side of his mouth, he threatens to wipe the Zionist State off of the planet.
Those concerned with Israel’s potential action to deter what is believed to be a threat to its very existence are debating whether we should believe Ahmadinejad or not. They claim that his words are being misinterpreted or that he doesn’t really mean what he says. Talk about speaking out of two sides of your mouth! (It is fascinating how people who claim to be concerned about human rights can be the very people who are so against attacking the abusive Iranian regime. Could there be any higher level of hypocrisy?) Jewish history has taught us that if a tyrant says that he intends to wipe us out, we should take his words very seriously. Individuals like Ahmadinejad need to realize that the Jewish people have good reason to be paranoid and they should make it their business not to be misunderstood when it comes to talking about wiping out the Jewish people and our country. At this point in history, the Jewish people have a strong army and the means to protect ourselves from the Hitlers of this generation. We will not go like the sheep to slaughter any more.
Israeli intelligence authorities need to assess the threats coming from Iran. This is not a public relations issue. Obama and the other world leaders can support or oppose our actions, but Israel will have to do what is best for the future and well-being of the Jewish State. No one else will do the heavy lifting for us. While we cannot diminish the possibility that Iran actually has the technology and the motivation to strike Israel, we also cannot afford to overlook other real and obvious threats to Israel.
At times, it seems that the Israeli campaign on the Iranian threat could be a distraction from the other threats to the State of Israel and lasting peace in the Middle East. While focusing on fears of what might come from Iran (or Hamas, for that matter), the public is distracted from the ongoing incitement coming from “moderates” like the Palestinian Authority’s Salem Fayyad and Jordan’s Abdullah, both of whom regularly convey threats to Israel. They might not have nuclear bombs, but they do have armies and other means of pushing Israel into a dangerous corner.
In the age of social media and the blogosphere, there are new types of threats to regional stability that we should not ignore. Leaders of Israeli security agencies should take note that incitement coming out of a basement in Chicago could be even more dangerous than Iranian nuclear aspirations and verbal threats. Provocation by an unemployed hate monger typing away at his keyboard in a clear effort to ignite the Middle East should get our attention, as well. Electronic Intifada blogger Ali Abunima spends his days and nights trying to bring the concepts of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion into cyberspace. Week after week, in a process of trial and error with different types of lies and incitement, he pushes for the incitement of physical attacks on Israel. Claims that Israel or Jewish activists planned to assault the Al-Aqsa mosque got minimal response. His web-based campaign in support of Islamic Jihadists’ hunger strike while in the custody of Israeli detention picked up more wide spread support. His potential success in causing a new real intifada, bringing people out into the streets within Israel and crossing the borders into Israel could grow be a greater threat than Iran to Israel, and should not be ignored.
It’s time to distribute our threat-evaluation more evenly, and then move from speculation on to decisive action.

PA-Hamas unity deadlocked

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Despite PA President Abbas’s claim of no differences anymore between Hamas and Fatah following a reconciliation meeting this week, it appears that Abbas overstated his position. The PA and Hamas face a deadlock as they haven’t agreed on the makeup of the new unity government, without which elections are impossible. Abbas is still demanding that Salam Fayyad remain prime minister, while Hamas is insisting that Fayyad goes.

Hamas and Fatah reconcile

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

After 2 hours of meetings today in Cairo, Fatah (Palestinian Authority) and Hamas leaders Cairo have agreed that they’ve reached a reconciliation arrangement. PA President Mahmoud Abbas stated that “there are no more difference between us now.”

A reconciliation agreement was actually first signed in May but never implemented due to core differences between the rival parties, among them political appointments such as retaining Salam Fayyad as prime minister, whom Hamas opposes.

Among the issues discussed today included restructuring of the Palestinian security forces, changes to the PLO, and the possibility of elections in May.

Discussions on candidates for prime minister will be held in December.

Read Caroline Glick’s post for a more indepth perspective.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/hamas-and-fatah-reconcile/2011/11/24/

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