The Palestinian Authority (PA) did not receive any donor funds in the first half of 2021, according to its monthly budget.
A report by Maurice Hirsch that was published by Palestinian Media Watch on Sunday said recent reports suggest that European Union (EU) funding to the PA has merely been delayed for “technical reasons.”
The delay in aid is causing major financial difficulties for the PA, said Hirsch.
Every month, the PA transfers funds to the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), and Hirsch said these funds have made their way to terrorist prisoners. “When the PA is trying to hide its payments to the terrorist prisoners, it funnels the money through the budgetary provision for the ‘PLO institutions,'” he said.
Hirsch continued, “Unless the EU is content with its aid to the PA being used to promote, incite and reward terrorism and terrorists and unless the EU is content funding, directly or indirectly, EU designated terror organizations, the EU should first demand that the PA cease funding the ‘PLO institutions’ before renewing its aid.”
He added that the terror-linked funding is responsible for the fact that the U.S., Canada, Australia and the Netherlands have cut financial aid to the PA, and that other countries have put limits on aid to certain PA projects.