|Issa Karake in a photo published on a Palestinian|
Arab news site on May 13, 2015: No connection
with the PA government, none at all [Image Source]
This Ongoing War..
02 June '15..
The Mahmoud Abbas PA has been engaging in a clever little trick since last year to hide its practice of taking foreign aid and using it to fund a notorious Palestinian Authority cash-rewards-for-terrorism scheme. The bulk of the money that lets this happen comes from European governments.
Someone must have whispered in those Palestinian Arab ears that the small amount of criticism they were absorbing from critics (like "What the EU Does with Your Money", Douglas Murray, January 14, 2014; and PMW's "Is the PA lying to Western donors?", published last month) for this bare-faced PA misappropriation of European tax-payers' money to pay monthly salaries to convicted murderers could easily be side-stepped.
By tearing down their Ministry of Prisoners Affairs and overnight (in August 2014) replacing it with a brand-spanking-new, purpose-built entity that has nothing whatsoever to do with the Palestinian Authority. In reality, the switcheroo is bogus and calculated solely to deceive.
At the time, some analysts called it for what it was:
However, what Abu Mazen [meaning Mahmoud Abbas] will not tell donors is that their money is being sent to the PLO, who does use the money to fund terrorism. Abu Mazen hopes by having the money used indirectly instead of directly to fund terrorism, the criticism will die down among donor nations to the Palestinian Authority. [Foreign Policy Association, September 8, 2014]
For the most part, that is exactly what happened. The PA wins because their shell-game fraud has gotten almost zero mainstream media coverage outside Israel.
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