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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Fayyad closes down 103 "charities"

From Ma'an:
Palestinian caretaker Prime Minister Salam Fayyad on Tuesday revealed that his government has decided to close 103 charitable societies.

Fayyad alleged that the closure was for 'legal reasons'.

The PM claimed that the beneficiaries of the societies will be compensated.

In a meeting with representatives of local newspapers, Fayyad said that the interior minister, Abdur Razzaq Mahmoud al-Yahya, ordered the closure of the charities after deeming them guilty of financial misconduct.

Fayyad said that al-Yahya, with the cooperation of humanitarian organisations, discovered that the charities had committed serious financial and administrative errors, which contravene the rules of charitable societies and the law.

It is currently unknown whether any of the charities are affiliated to the Hamas movement.
It's unclear how many of these are being shut down for terror activity and how many for just good old Palestinian Arab corruption. I also wonder how many are supported by NGOs.