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Letter from Israel
David Frankfurter
Are you still funding Gaza’s skyrocketing economy? 
26th-Feb-2009 07:47 am

I have burned many  electrons over the years highlighting reports about the abuse of financial aid to the Palestinians. The Funding for Peace Coalition probably did the most comprehensive job back in late 2004 with their report Managing European Taxpayers' Money: Supporting The Palestinian Arabs - A Study In Transparency. Not much seems to have changed since then. 

 The Palestinian Authority continues to be led by the same corrupt cronies, and continues to provide “terrorist insurance” payments to imprisoned murderers and their families. The Abbas led PA continues to incite violence against Israel through its public statements, television shows and hate education. And the JCPA reports that the internationally funded PA still has Hamas and other terrorists on the payroll.

 In Gaza, the criminal Hamas government has been caught red handed time and again stealing international aid – either selling it back to the people to fund their war crimes, or diverting it directly to their guerilla terrorist forces. And Hamas keeps firing rockets into Israeli towns using their own human shields every day. And the smuggling tunnels bring in more weapons all the time.

James Lindsay, former legal counsel for UNRWA, issued a report Fixing UNRWA: Repairing the UN's Troubled System of Aid to Palestinian Refugees, where the recommendations are more than telling. He argues that implementing them would return Palestinians “to what most of them so desperately seek: normal lives.” Lindsay directly and indirectly argues that much of the UNRWA budgets are spent providing services to people who simply don’t need the charity, and many are not refugees, and some are not even Palestinians. In summary, Lindsay says:

No justification exists for millions of dollars in humanitarian aid going to those who can afford to pay for UNRWA services. In addition, UNRWA should make the following operational changes: halt its one-sided political statements and limit itself to comments on humanitarian issues; take additional steps to ensure the agency is not employing or providing benefits to terrorists and criminals; and allow the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), or some other neutral entity, to provide balanced and discrimination-free textbooks for UNRWA schools.

Gunnar Heinsohn of the Raphael Lemkin Institute at the University of Bremen, an institute devoted to comparative genocide research, argues quite cogently that UNRWA and other international aid exacerbate the problems of the Middle East, providing unlimited indiscriminate welfare which encourages a high birth rate, but no useful employment. The result is a “youth bulge” of young men who provide “cannon fodder” for their unscrupulous leadership to indoctrinate and send into battle against their fellow Palestinians or Israel. Heinsohn compares Gaza to other areas of conflict, where “The warring stopped because no more warriors were being born.” His recommendations parallel those of James Lindsay.

 Heinsohn also points out, as have many before him, that the Arab world is well aware of the issues. “UNRWA is benevolently funded by the U.S. (31%) and the European Union (nearly 50%) -- only 7% of the funds come from Muslim sources.” They allow the West to develop the cannon fodder, while Iran, Syria and others provide the cannons.

 US president Obama’s most recent proposal to provide $900 million for Gaza restoration via the Palestinian Authority flies in the face of all this evidence and professional advice that international funding feeds the conflict.

I can only wonder. During the current world economic crisis, why do Western governments continue to pour so much money into UNRWA, the PA and other Palestinian causes, knowing full well that it will never achieve its stated objectives?

Why don’t you write to your local representative and ask how much of your tax money is being handed over to the Palestinians?  I am sure that you could suggest some more effective uses for your money right now!

Comments 
26th-Feb-2009 07:21 am (UTC) - Why Western governments fund UNRWA, PA and Palestinian Arab causes
Anonymous
They know exactly where the money will end up and how it will be used. It will be used against Israel. That's the answer and the goal. Wait a couple more weeks and we may actually hear that answer coming out of Obama's oratorical mouth. By then all his appointments will be in place, all the muslim countries he's been apologizing to will be in place and the US will lead the way in accomplishing that goal with US taxpayer dollars.
26th-Feb-2009 05:59 pm (UTC) - Are you still funding Gaza’s skyrocketing economy?
Anonymous
The taxpayers of the West don't have the clout or the determination of the program administrators whose vested interest is to always keep kicking the can down the road, come what may.

The American Bureau of Indian Affairs was established in 1868 to minister to the defeated Red Man. It was staffed mostly by American Quakers. The Bureau was a main target of the 1880 Presidential campaign of the great reform Democrat, Grover Cleveland. By then it had earned the reputation as the most corrupt, ineffective, and heartless Federal Agency.

It's still here, and it is still disbursing money to the descendants of the American aborigines. As anyone should expect, most of the money goes to the most politically connected, politically effective, and politically generous "tribes", some of which are millionaire casino owners. The poor tribes without the means to have open checkbooks get scraps.

The strongest argument against Socialism is that the private economy has a sure-fire, albeit tough-love, remedy against systemic dysfunctionality and program failure: Bankruptcy and liquidation.

Government programs just keep going until the taxpayers are sucked dry and the fatally weakened society is conquered by strangers.
26th-Feb-2009 11:40 pm (UTC) - financial obscenities
Anonymous
You are completely right. The only answer would seem to be that either they are cowards or they are as anti-semitic as the Arabs and like to believe in the fantasy that destroying Israel will bring peace. If that were true, how come murdering 6 million Jews in Europe didn't bring peace to Europe?

The more important question, and more disturbing issue, is why the Jews of the world are not organizing and protesting vigorously, are not uniting in a massive media campaign to pressure and embarass the politico's?
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