The European Union Is Paying Palestinians for Not Working

December 16, 2013
by Michael Curtis

The European Union (EU) has not hesitated in making known its criticisms of the State of Israel and its suggestions for boycotts against some Israeli products.  Recently, the EU agency for combating racism has been unable to define the term “anti-Semitism” and has removed the working definition it adopted in 2005.  By contrast, the EU has turned a blind eye to the fact that it has knowingly been paying Palestinians for not working.

This information is revealed in a sober special report, no. 14, of the European Union’s  Court of Auditors published on December 11,  2013.  This special report covers the detailed story of the EU’s financial support, including direct support, to the Palestinian Authority (PA) that since 1994 has amounted to more than 5.6 billion euros.

The EU supports public services for the benefit of the Palestinian population, but the payment of non-performing civil servants does not serve this objective.  About 24% of those on the payroll of PA health and education ministries, some 60,000 people, are paid but not working.  They stopped reporting to their jobs when Hamas seized power in Gaza.

The new December report outlines the financial assistance given by the EU.  An interim association agreement on trade and cooperation had been signed in 1997 between the then-European community and the PLO on behalf of the PA.  Between 1994 and 2006, more than 2.7 billion euros were given to the Palestinians from the EU’s general budget

Another agreement was signed in 2005 between the EU and the Palestinians to support the political and economic reform agenda over the next few years.  Between 2007 and 2012, a further 2.9 billion euros was given from the EU’s general budget.

EU funding has increasingly come from the PEGASE (the French acronym for European-Palestinian Management and Socio-Economic Help), the mechanism launched in 2008 to support the Palestinian Authority, officially to help it until the overall political objective of a two-state solution is achieved.  It is the main instrument used by the EU to provide financial assistance directly from the EU budget.

The PEGASE Direct Financial Support (DFS) program, intended to meet recurring expenditures and give support to private-sector businesses,  has provided about 1 billion euros in funding to the PA from 2008 to 2012.  This is more than 10% of the PA’s annual revenue and has been an important aid in keeping the PA’s budget deficit down.  That overall budget deficit is  $1.7 billion, or 17% of GDP.

In addition, more than 1.3 billion euros was given from DFS.  The EU is the largest donor to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), having provided  789 million euros to support it.

The DFS funding resulted from the crisis caused by the temporary suspension of aid to the PA after the Hamas victory in January 2006.  A temporary international mechanism (TIM) was set up to ensure direct assistance to the Palestinian population, thus enabling the EU to bypass the Hamas-led government in the Gaza Strip.  Since 2008, the TIM has been replaced by the PEGASE mechanism.

The EU helps the PA meet its obligations to civil servants, pensioners, and vulnerable families; maintain essential public services; and improve public finances.  Part of the present problem is the number supported as part of “vulnerable families,” those living in extreme poverty in the West Bank and Gaza, which has increased from 44,000 in 2008 to 60,000 in 2012.  

The PEGASE program provides support for Palestinian development, for delivery of public services, and for essential  services such as fuel to the Gaza power plant to ensure sufficient electricity to people living in Gaza, a supply that has cost 183 million euros.  In a variety of ways, the EU has supported the Palestinian population in East Jerusalem, which it argues should be the capital of a Palestinian state.  In addition, the EU  provides some financial support for businesses destroyed or damaged during the Israeli “Operation Cast Lead” in 2008 to stop Hamas rockets attacking Israel.  About 22 million euros were given to 915 companies.

Criticism of the Palestinians is made politely in the report, but it is clear.  The financial relationship is increasingly in “need of an overhaul,” notably in relation to its civil service.  There has been little or no review of public service grades or pay scales. The report questions whether the PEGASE DFS aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA), which has been shown to be incompetent and perhaps corrupt with its finances, can now be sustained.

As a bow to political correctness, the report suggests that the continuing restrictions by Israel on the PA help cause overall fiscal difficulties, and that a way needs to be found to bring Israel to take the necessary steps to ensure that PEGASE DFS is effective.  But the evidence of the report itself shows that Israel’s actions have little to do with the plight of the Palestinians.  A major reason for this is that the number of Palestinian beneficiaries has been increasing while funding by outside donors has been decreasing.  Even the EU has decreased its support from 524 million euros in 2011 to 358 million in 2012.

Despite the large amount of money provided by the EU, the PA faced a severe budget deficit in 2012, which led to public finance management problems.  The delay in payment of salaries by the PA led to demonstrations and strikes among civil servants in September 2012.

The EU publicly supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and envisages the creation of a viable, contiguous, and democratic Palestinian state, living side by side with Israel in peace and security.  It recognizes some of the events that have set back the peace process.  The first occurred in January 2006, when Hamas defeated the Fatah party in the Palestinian parliamentary elections.  The EU understood that Hamas does not recognize Israel’s right to exist and indeed classifies it as a terrorist organization.

The de facto division of Palestinians occurred when fighting broke out between Fatah and Hamas in June 2007, and Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip.  The EU does not have a contract with Hamas, but it does try to help the Gaza population.  It would do even more by calling on Hamas to stop its terrorist activity and enter into negotiations with and officially recognize the State of Israel.

Michael Curtis is author of Jews, Antisemitism, and the Middle East.



You don’t recognize us, We don’t recognize you

July 29, 2013
(So sorry we can not cooperate with your attempt to create the demise of Jews by building Muslim homes in a predominently Jewish area, but you said you didn’t recognize Jews living here… so just keep on pretending the people living in Judea don’t exist)

(CarlEurope is whining The Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon had decided to suspend contacts with the EU in the West Bank.Ya’alon has “frozen projects, canceled meetings, curtailed coordination and permits for Europe’s operations” for Palestinians living in what is known as Area C, a West Bank area fully administered by Israel, he said.In Brussels, Maja Kocijancic, spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, said: “The EU is concerned by reports in the Israeli media that the Israeli Minister of Defense has announced a number of restrictions affecting EU activities supporting the Palestinian people.”“We have not received any official communication from the Israeli authorities. Our delegations on the spot are seeking urgent clarifications,” Kocijancic added. A Western diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that due to the Israeli measures, several European humanitarian aid staff had failed to receive permits to enter the Palestinian-ruled Gaza Strip.

"Pigs Fly Moment" – Arab World Precedent: Bahrain Adds Hizbullah To List Of Terrorist Organizations.

May 7, 2013

HT: Memri.By: R. Goldberg, (Other) On April 7, 2013, the Bahraini government approved a proposal by parliament to compile a list of terrorist organizations and to enter Hizbullah onto it, and ordered the interior and foreign ministries to take steps to implement this resolution. This is an unprecedented move in the Arab world, which comes after the exposure of terrorist cells and attacks in Bahrain that are attributed to this Lebanese Shi’ite organization, and following Shi’ite protests in the kingdom that began in February 2011, which the Bahraini government claimed had been guided and funded by Iran and Hizbullah. The Bahraini authorities’ fear of involvement in the country by Hizbullah and Iran stems from their fear that Iran could use Bahrain’s largely Shi’ite population to take over the country and make it an “Iranian province.” In this context, it should be mentioned that a July 2007 article published by the editor of the Iranian daily Kayhan, Hossein Shariatmadari, stated, among other things, that “Bahrain is part of Iran’s soil, having been separated from it through an illegal conspiracy [spawned] by… Shah [Pahlavi, in conjunction with] the American and British governments. The principal demand of the Bahraini people today is to return this province, which was separated from Iran, to its mother, Islamic Iran…”[1]The Bahraini government press praised Hizbullah’s inclusion in the list of terrorist organizations and saw it as “the fulfillment of a popular demand;” conversely, the Shi’ite opposition, led by the Al-Wefaq movement, condemned the move, claiming that the Bahraini regime is the one that uses terrorism against the Bahraini people and against those demanding reforms. It should be mentioned that Iran also condemned the Bahraini move, but Hizbullah itself has yet to comment.
Following the Bahraini decision, voices were heard calling for the other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to take a similar step, and the Bahraini parliament speaker disclosed that such a move is, in fact, being considered. ….and Europe still thinks Hezbolls is a charity organization.(MORE)

Belgian Attitudes Toward Jews

March 4, 2013

Writing The Wrongs: Belgian Attitudes Toward Jews

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Belgian Attitudes Toward Jews
Peter Martino

The survey, conducted by Professor Mark Elchardus also showed that Islamic anti-Jewish feelings are widespread among all socio-economic and ethic groups, regardless of whether the pupils are from richer or poorer families, or whether the parents consider themselves moderate or traditionalist. This leads to the conclusion that the anti-Jewish sentiments are caused by Islam, and not by socio-economic factors.
Belgium, your average European country, sits the middle of Western Europe, between Britain, France, Germany and the Netherlands. This small country of 11 million inhabitants houses both the headquarters of NATO and the European Union. If one wants to know what life is like for Jews today in Europe, the situation in Belgium is a significant measure.
As it happens, the situation is pretty bad. And worsening. Last year, anti-Semitic abuse and violence rose by 30 percent, with 88 documented complaints, compared to 62 in the previous year. Because many victims do not complain, the actual number of incidents is definitely higher. The Belgian trend mirrors the situation in neighboring France, which saw anti-Semitic attacks rise to 614 in 2012 from 389 in 2011. The most serious incident was the murder of a rabbi and three Jewish schoolchildren by an Islamic fanatic in Toulouse in March 2012.

Last month, Joods Actueel, a Jewish monthly in the Belgian city of Antwerp, which has a relatively large population of 20,000 Jews, published the shocking results of a survey among almost 4,000 schoolchildren between 14 and 18 years old.
The survey, conducted by Mark Elchardus, a sociology professor at Brussels University, showed that up to 75% of Muslim youths in the city harbor anti-Semitic feelings.
Of all Muslim schoolchildren, 50.9 percent are in total and 24.5 percent in partial agreement with the statement that Jews incite to war and blame others for it. Asked whether they think that Jews consider themselves better than other people, 49.3 percent of the Muslims youth totally and 23.6 percent partially agreed. Other statements generated similar results. 45.1 percent totally and 27.9 percent partially agree with the statement that Jews want to dominate. And 35.4 percent totally and 37.6 percent partially agree with the statement that Jews have too much influence in Belgium.
Prof. Elchardus concluded that 45 to 50 percent of Muslim schoolchildren could be labeled anti-Semitic. Of the non-Muslim schoolchildren only 10 percent could be labeled as such. The anti-Jewish feelings among non-Muslim children are only slightly lower than the 12 percent who look unfavorably upon Muslims, considering every Muslim a potential terrorist.
The situation is particularly worrying because today a growing percentage of the young population in Antwerp, a traditionally Catholic city, is Muslim. In municipal schools in the city, pupils have to choose between religious classes or non-confessional morality classes. 49.3 percent of all pupils choose Islamic religious classes, 27.7 percent choose non-confessional classes, while the number opting for Catholic classes has dropped to a mere 20.5 percent. Five years ago, the Islamic percentage was only 33.6.
Only 17 pupils opted for Jewish classes, an insignificant number compared to the 5,165 Muslim pupils. About 85 percent of Jewish children in Antwerp, however, attend Jewish schools. Antwerp has 14 subsidized Jewish schools plus a number of non-subsidized private schools.
The survey conducted by Prof. Elchardus also showed that Islamic anti-Jewish feelings are widespread among all socio-economic and ethnic groups, regardless of whether the pupils are from richer or poorer families, whether the parents consider themselves moderate and progressive or traditionalist, or whether they are of North African or Turkish origin. This leads to the conclusion that the anti-Jewish sentiments are caused by Islam, and not by socio-economic factors.
Among the non-Muslims, anti-Jewish feelings were more widespread among the non-religious group, while children from a Catholic background proved to be the least anti-Semitic, despite the fact that they tended to be more conservative and less progressive.
Asked to react to the survey, Pascal Smet, the Belgian Education minister, said that the survey proved that “youths with a negative view of others are also those youths who are from the most vulnerable socio-economic background.” If anything, however, as Joods Actueel pointed out, the survey showed exactly the opposite. The magazine criticized the minister, who is a homosexual, for devoting too much attention to the gay rights agenda in Belgium’s schools, while neglecting the anti-Jewish stereotypes of Islam.
The Belgian press, too, devoted little attention to the survey. Perhaps the survey’s results were not considered politically correct enough. Moreover, most media attention was devoted to the fact that 25 percent of Muslim youths condone violence against homosexuals and support the death penalty for gays in Islamic countries. For the media, anti-Jewish sentiments are far less important than feelings of animosity against gays.

Muslims chant “slit the throats of Jews” on the streets of Paris.

September 19, 2012

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Iranian and Syrian nerve gas: Manufactured in Europe

July 30, 2012

(Carl)Giulio Meotti rips the cover off a big story. Iran and Syria are threatening Israel with biological weapons that are made in Europe.

What very few people know is that European companies and scientists gave Iran, Syria, Libya and Iraq the material to attempt to kill the Jews, again.
In 1992 a 100-page report, prepared by the Paris-based Middle East Defence News, listed about 300 European firms which the centre said it believed had “played a significant role in the unconventional weapons programmes in Iran, Syria and Libya”.
Germany topped the list of suppliers with 100, the report said, then 29 French, 22 British, 13 Italian and 13 Swiss.
German companies have played a crucial role in helping Iran to build a chemical weapons industry, and have illegally supplied nerve gas precursor chemicals,” the report said. It said France had played a “crucial role…in helping Syria to develop both a chemical weapons and a biological weapons capability”.
The West German firm Degussa supplied of chemicals to Libya used to manufacture poison gas. This company also owned a 42.5 per cent share in the Degesch company, which supplied the Zyklon B gas used in the death camps. Degesch is the acronym for “Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Schaedlingsbekaempfung”, a company for the extermination of vermin.
It developed the method of using hydrogen cyanide, Zyklon B, as an ingredient in its fumigation gas for buildings and ships. The gas it supplied to Auschwitz was used in the killing of two million Jews.
“For years, Iraqi officers had asked us how it had been with the gassing of the Jews.” said Maj. Gen. Karl-Heinz Nagler, former head of the East German Army’s chemical service, who had trained the Iraqi Army in chemical warfare for 15 years.
The manufacturing of di-fluoro – from which nerve gas is obtained – requires resistant glass components. Two German companies gave these to the Syrians.
French scientific institutes also played a role, through scientific exchanges.

We can be partners in the Jewish struggle against the new apocalypse. Or we can be part of it. The European companies and scientists have made their choice.

Read the whole thing.

European Union financing Hezbullah education in Lebanon

July 2, 2012
(Carl) The European Union is funding an educational system in Lebanon that is run by Hezbullah. In fact, since Hezbullah is in charge of the Education Ministry, this is the only educational system in Lebanon. Hezbullah is thus embedding its own ideology in Lebanon. And the European Union is helping out.

Keen to support the strengthening of “students’ national identity and civic responsibilities” in a nation as perennially blighted by sectarian strife as Lebanon is the European Union, which has committed €3.8 million for the development of a citizenship education programme in Lebanese schools. Well-intentioned as this is, it overlooks the fact that Hezbollah’s conception of civic responsibility is fundamentally at odds with the European Union’s. This was most starkly evident in February, when the Lebanese Minister of Education issued a memorandum obligating all public schools to spend an hour imbuing “the culture of Resistance” in children.
Nor has Hezbollah’s attempt to indoctrinate an entire generation stopped there. As part of the ESDP, which the European Union is co-financing with a total budget of €13.7 million, the Lebanese government is seeking to launch a standardised history curriculum. According to the most recent proposal, history lessons will include teaching pupils to appreciate “the Resistance’s importance in terms of defending Lebanon”. The draft syllabus has also been criticised for writing the pro-democracy Cedar Revolution out of Lebanon’s history, as well as omitting Lebanon’s struggle against the Syrian army and Palestinian militias during the civil war. To all impartial observers, it is clear that Hezbollah is exploiting the ESDP to greatly exaggerate its centrality to Lebanese national identity.
When Paul Nuttall MEP submitted a parliamentary question asking whether the European Commission would cancel its financial assistance to the Lebanese Ministry of Education in light of Hezbollah’s efforts to brainwash students, Commissioner Štefan Füle responded by saying that any cessation of funding “would be counterproductive”. Given that the Lebanese Minister of Education announced in May that he has enlisted the help of his Iranian counterpart in implementing the ESDP, the European Commission ought to consider that what is truly counterproductive is sponsoring a project that appears to have been outsourced to Hezbollah’s paymasters in Tehran.

What could go wrong?