|This Ben Wiseman illustration accompanied a|
New Yorker article "Trafficking in Terror",
published December 14, 2015
This Ongoing War..
12 April '16..
If you have been following the media coverage of rising British outrage over evidence of the wanton abuse of the substantial sums of British taxpayers' funds handed over by the UK as foreign aid, you will know that the Daily Mail has focused on
"the absurd new legislative requirement to give away 0.7 per cent of national income... [and in particular] payments to Palestine [that] seem a classic example of the core aid problem of "fungibility" - when foreign cash supporting public services frees up a regime to spend money in other questionable areas, which all too often fuels conflict or corruption."
A parliamentary question touching on pretty much the same issue was asked in London on March 24, 2016.
Yesterday in Westminster, it was answered and with everything that's wrong with the response, it actually tells a lot. The enquiry was directed at the UK's Department for International Development and from the transcript [hat-tip to MH for directing us to it], it concerned "Palestinian Authority: Overseas Aid: Written question - 32482". Here's the verbatim text of the to and fro [online source]:
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what reports she has received on the use of aid disbursed to the Palestinian Authority for purposes related to terrorist activity.
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