Tuesday, February 28, 2006

EU support

The European Union authorized some $163 million in aid to Palestinians, despite a call for Hamas to disavow violence. Look at the breakdown.

$54 million for the Palestinian Authority's power and utility bills, to be paid directly to the utilities.
$86 million for health and education projects, to be paid to the United Nations
$23 million for the salaries of Palestinian Authority workers, paid from an already created World Bank trust fund

The Palestinian Authority's utility company recently threatened to shut off the utilities when a $22 million check bounced.   So, $54 million is understandable.   But more than half (52%) of the funds are to go to the U.N.


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