At a Fatah demonstration earlier this month, Abbas’s deputy chairman of Fatah, Mahmoud Al-Aloul, announced that Palestinians don’t want American aid because the United States is “forming an alliance” with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, “the Israeli enemy”:

Fatah Deputy Chairman and Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul: “Mahmoud Abbas has told him [Trump], and we are telling him, that America is not fit to be a sponsor of peace. … This American Trump is forming an alliance with [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu, the Israeli enemy, who is sowing havoc and destruction over the land by expropriation and building settlements. … We want freedom. We want independence. We want an end to the occupation. We don’t want your flour, your wheat or your aid.
[Official P.A. TV, July 2, 2018]
Al-Aloul’s statement rejecting U.S. aid follows the passing of the Taylor Force Act in the United States in March 2018, which cuts almost all funding to the P.A. if it continues paying salaries to terrorist prisoners and allowances to families of so-called “martyrs.” The law was named after U.S. citizen Taylor Force who was murdered by a Palestinian terrorist in Tel Aviv on March 8, 2016.Al-Aloul’s comments also follow the passing of a new Israeli law to deduct the amount of money the P.A. pays imprisoned terrorists and families of “martyrs” from the tax money Israel collects for the P.A., which was passed by the Israeli Parliament on July 2, 2018 (see below).

Palestinian Media Watch reported on similar ridicule of Australian aid by P.A. leader Abbas’s advisor Nabil Shaath who said Australia is “worthy of being spat on” after Australia announced it will stop funding the P.A. directly and instead pass its 10 million to the P.A. through the United Nations. Similar to Al-Aloul’s statement, Shaath added: “I don’t want your 10 million, I don’t want to chase after them.” [Official P.A. TV, Topic of the Day, July 3, 2018]

The full report can be read here.