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October 13, 2013 3:19 pm

Report: Billions of Dollars of Aid to Palestinian Authority Lost to Corruption

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Billions of dollars in international aid granted to the Palestinian Authority may have been squandered, lost to corruption, or misspent, a new report by the European Court of Auditors, the Luxembourg-based watchdog, revealed, The Sunday Times reported.

Roughly €2.3 Billion ($3.1 Billion) made its way from Europe to the Palestinian territories between 2008 and 2012, but much of it is unaccounted for, the report said.

According to The Sunday Times, which got an early glimpse of the report, “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.

“The auditors complained about the lack of measures to ‘mitigate’ high-level’ risks, such as ‘corruption or of funds not being used for their intended purpose,'” The Times said.

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  • Michael Levy

    Really??!! For sure? Who would have thought that this nation (if one could call them that) would steal and squander what the stupid, idiotic Jew hating nations gave to them. Use it for the good of themselves? No, rather steal it and use it for their own use, I mean how else are they going to get rich……………

  • יעקב בנימין הכהן בן-אריה

    My only surprise is that the amount listed by the Europeans is so low for waste, mismanagement, graft and outright theft. Then again, that amount doesn’t include the billions of dollars contributed by the American government that have been squandered and stolen as well.

    The Arab countries who pledge large amounts and give virtually nothing know exactly who they’re dealing with, since they normally behave the same way, and know not to throw money down a bottomless well.

    The sooner UNRWA is disbanded, and UNHCR- the official UN refugee agency for all the world’s refugees [ except for the so-called Palestinians ] takes over, the better off everybody will be.

    eurofools spend their energy libeling Israel for their pal pets. they’ve got the money to waste so why not steal it from them. Bunch of idiots and anti semites. They deserve their muslims both externally and internally. G_D has an ironic sense of humor.

    Want to know what will happen? I’ll tell you: Transparency International will be accused of being a ‘Zionist operation’

    The only thing shocking about this revelation is that the Europeans are surprised. Are they really that stupid?

  • sander

    These are the same European governments who have squandered their peoples $3.1 billion supporting a self-declared enemy of the Jewish State of Israel.Their peoples money would be better spent on supporting trade not embargos against the Jewish State.

  • derek benZion

    Arafat’s wife is still living in the Ritz Hotel in Paris.
    Should we boycott the Ritz or the PA for depriving the palestinians of $25,000 per month?

  • ScottAdler

    It’s from the Sunday Times, so we can assume they were talking about Switzerland.

  • Carl

    I think Israel found a big chunck of the EU’s money! That terrorist tunnel cost many millions to build.

  • Luigi Rosolin

    Corruption is robbing all around the world the poor and made some rick more rick: That enough of this disgrace, nation or agencies should insure that tax payer money given is use for the purpose given, not to like probably in this case, to channel on army purchase.The French are under on of the worse leadership ever had. Palestinian’s pour should not be robber. They mostly like peace and are under a regime of Islamic ideology terror.

  • Irving D, Cohen

    Our present-day Congressmen and Congresswomen are gobbling up millions of dollars in similar fashion, but we don’t call that “corruption” and “bribery”; we call it “freedom of speech.” How did we ever allow idiots like Scalia and Thomas to be given the judicial power to help persuade the public to accept that definition ?

  • lawrence kulak

    the real question is why is anybody stupid enough to give so much money to a bunch of decadent dogs that enjoy their squalor which is a thorn in Israel’s side.
    the money is missing obviously because Palestinian Arabs do not want the world to see that their situation has improved. They are still trying the “blame Israel game” which is why they are losing badly and will continue to lose until they are completely dissipated or killed out (lets hope for the latter solution because they are Amalek).

  • HaroldT

    And France has just granted 24 million to the PA the day after Abbas praised a terrorist that murdered a French citizen in Israel !

  • Fred

    Why is this news ? Money to the Philistines comes from a never-ending well. To account for it would be an insult.

  • rofedoc

    Arafat and his wife Suha pillaged megabucks.. mahmoud abbas had a good teacher

  • Dov

    Thr insane West is again fooled by the nature of the Enemy and funds it. Totally suicidal behavior by the radical evil left elitists

  • daniela lowinger

    Maybe they should look into Swiss banks accounts. Or maybe into Gazas tunnels. Poor Europeans, they are suffering from economic crisis filling the secret accounts of the PLO and Hamas. Welcome to Palestine!

  • Grifter

    What a surprise!

  • Of course, we Jews don’t know a thing about corruption and swindling. Just ask Bernie Madoff, Michael Milken, Libi Lieberman, Mark Rich… I could go on, but I want to get on with my day!

    • Oh, come off it!

      You are highlighting the behaviour of a few corrupt individuals, when what we are talking about is the corruption of a would-be state, one with whom Israelis are daily exhorted to make peace, so doing would put their country in grave danger with people who cannot be trusted.
      You are more than disingenuous in your comparison.

    • To Micheal Venables…, sir, are a moron on many levels.

  • Otto Waldmann in Sydney

    What, PA corrupt, who, the Palestinian freedom fighters, these beacons of humanity, oppressed, occupied, hard working…..parasites !!!
    It serves you right, Western idiots !!! You’ve stollen your own tax money from your own people to feed political criminals cum bludgers. Why don’t you, antisemitic cretins, suport further some BDS so that the bloody Yids show some losses and reduce them to your level of imbecility !!!

  • Judie Selig

    Why are you so surprised? This has happened each time money was given to them. Do you remember Arafat? He stole billions and did nothing for his people. That money today is in France taking care of Arafat’s wife and daughter!

  • Ziporah

    Well, DUUUUUuuuh!

    How much did Arafat weasle out while he was dictator and squirrel away in Swiss banks for his wife to squander and scream about? He set the precedent for his minions.

  • Chaim

    But if you listen to Emma Thompson, et al., it’s all Israel’s fault.

    • Geoff

      Emma Thomson is just another showbiz nonentity who believes, in her arrogance, that her very small acting ability gives her the right to pontificate on matters she knows nothing about. I bet you a pound to a penny she takes her ready-made opinions from the Guardian, as do Stephen Fry, Miriam Margolis, Alexi Sayle, together with the entire BBC.

      • It’s Luvviedom…don’t you know?

        They have to sign up to the club

  • Mike B

    I’m sure most of it will ‘trickle down’. To Zurich or Basel.

  • E Pluribus Beagle

    It’s not ‘corruption’ it’s baksheesh. It’s the Arab way.

    • Ron

      This is exactly the kind of wealth redistribution promoted by Obama. Give the rich more and the poor less, especially if the ones in control are proven thugs. This way, they can keep their citizens oppressed, suppressed and depressed.