Foreign aid to Palestinians: Where has the money gone?

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 |  Ryan Jones

The Jerusalem Institute of Justice (JIJ) has conducted research revealing that since the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1995, the Palestinian Authority has been the recipient of 25 times more financial aid per capita (considering current inflation) than the citizens of Europe received under the Marshall Plan following World War II.

For those who know their history, the Marshall Plan financially enabled Europe to successfully rebuild following the most devastating war in history.

And yet, having been handed 25 times more cash and resources than post-war Europe, the Palestinian Authority continues to complain of unemployment, a faltering economy and destitute living conditions.

Oh, and guess what Americans and Europeans - it's your money primarily that has been sunk into the economic black hole that is the Palestinian Authority.

"Poverty in the Palestinian areas could have been eradicated years ago," wrote JIJ founder and director Calev Myers on his Facebook page. "The Palestinian people should be outraged by this. So should Americans and Europeans."

Sadly, that does not seem to be the case. Myers pointed out that under the Obama Administration, American financial aid to the Palestinian Authority has increased 600 percent.

It has long been argued that the most tragic and irresponsible move in the ongoing peace process was to hand the reins of the Palestinian Authority to Yasser Arafat's PLO. The equivalent today would be inviting Al Qaeda to rule a newly democratic Iraq.

Under the PLO, the Palestinian Authority is a repressive, corrupt and hopelessly mismanaged regime from which the Palestinians now have little hope of being freed.

The Jerusalem Institute of Justice is an Israeli human rights legal forum. To learn more about their work:

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