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Monday, June 13, 2011

Arab countries haven't paid the PA a dime this year

From MEMRI:
Palestinian Authority Accountant General Yousef Al-Zumor said that the PA is having difficulties paying its employees because Arab countries are not transferring the financial aid they promised.

He claimed that in 2011, no aid had been received, and in 2010, the PA had received $280 million out of the promised $960 million that had been promised.

In 2010, he said, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar all transferred much smaller sums than they had in previous years, and added that Qatar had transferred no aid at all in 2008-2009.

Source: Wafa (Palestinian Authority), June 12, 2011

I don't know how to jive this with Fayyad's recent statement that the PA was receivingsome $52 million a month from Arab countries. At the time, I thought it might have been a mistranslation - and this article seems to bear that out.

So when the Arabs don't come through for their Palestinian brethren, who is left holding the bag? The West always pays up whenever these "emergencies" come up!