Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Rewards for Terror scheme. Wasted lives, stolen futures, obfuscatory answers.

...If you are a member of the British parliament, or know someone who is, please feel free to share our fury. This scandal, and the reams of open-source information that documents it, has been going on for far too long with too many innocent victims and far, far too many unjust beneficiaries. They include the members of the Palestinian Arab terror squad, one woman and several men, who were convicted of multiple murders including our daughter's in 2001, and who have for years received lavish payments under the Mahmoud Abbas Rewards for Terror scheme. It's time to shut this obscene disgrace down.

This Ben Wiseman illustration accompanied a
New Yorker article "Trafficking in Terror",
December 14, 2015
Arnold/Frimet Roth..
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]:

John Howell:

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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