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France signs agreement to donate 8 million euro to PA 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 17, 2016
Headline: “The [PA] Minister of Finance signed an agreement for 8 million euro in aid to the budget with the French consul”
     “Yesterday [Nov. 16, 2016], [PA] Minister of Finance and Planning Shukri Bishara signed an agreement for 8 million euro in aid to the budget with French Consul-General in Jerusalem Pierre Cochard. This was done during the annual talks between the sides that were held at the headquarters of the Palestinian Institute for Public Finance and Taxes in Ramallah."
PA Minister: the PA is under "heavy economic pressure," "international aid is shrinking" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 2, 2016
Headline: "Abu Shahla: The [PA] government is under heavy economic pressure, and the international aid is shrinking"
     "[PA] Minister of Labor Ma'moun Abu Shahla discussed yesterday [Nov. 1, 2016] with Chinese Ambassador to the State of Palestine Chen Xingzhong methods of cooperation between the two sides…
Abu Shahla noted that there are 400,000 unemployed, most of them young and university graduates - in other words approximately 32% are unemployed in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank - whom the Palestinian [PA] government cannot employ at a time when the private sector is weak and fragile…
Abu Shahla said: 'The Palestinian government is under heavy economic pressure and the international aid is shrinking; in 2015 we expected to receive $1.3 billion, but we received $700 million. In 2016 we have received until now $300 million.' He noted that at the moment, the government is relying on taxes, levies, and the tax monies [that Israel collects for it], and it is barely paying the employees' salaries."
PA Ministry of Finance: State treasury has so far received only 53% of expected foreign aid for 2016 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 3, 2016
Headline: “The PA has collected 76% of the expected revenue during the current year”
     “Figures that were published by the [PA] Ministry of Finance showed that the state treasury has collected 8.5 billion [Israeli] shekels in revenue from the beginning of the current year until the end of the month of August [2016], which constitutes 76% of all the expected revenue in the 2016 budget…
The overall amount of foreign aid that the PA aspires to in the 2016 budget is 3.8 billion shekels, but the figures of the Ministry of Finance showed that the state treasury has only received 53% of the expected aid during the current year, and this was after eight months of the year had already passed.
From the Ministry of Finance’s figures it becomes clear that the state treasury, by the end of this August, reached 2.05 billion shekels, while the forecast for the 2016 budget stands at approximately 3.88 billion shekels.
The figures show that by the end of August 1.8 billion shekels had reached the PA coffers from the Arab grants, in other words 61.6% of the overall forecast for the current year, while the other contributing countries had given only 1.22 billion shekels by the end of August.”
PA PM thanks US for financial aid, which since 1994 amounts to “nearly 4.5 billion dollars” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 30, 2016
Headline: “[PA Prime Minister Rami] Hamdallah discussed the recent diplomatic developments with the Egyptian Foreign Minister”

“[PA] Prime Minister [Rami Hamdallah] yesterday [June 29, 2016] received USAID West Bank and Gaza Mission Director David Harden in his office in Ramallah to mark the ending of his [Harden’s] official duties.

Hamdallah expressed his appreciation for the aid that the US gives to Palestine in a variety of fields, particularly in the fields of health, education, infrastructure, and water, and which since the establishment of the PA [in 1994] until now has reached nearly 4.5 billion dollars.”
Palestinian study critiques USAID; PLO official complains that the funds hinge on “renouncing terror, which is a hint [that USAID] condemn[s] the Palestinian people's struggle” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 8, 2016
Headline: “Salaries of foreign and local workers drain up two thirds of the international aid funds”
     “The donor countries have given more than 21 billion dollars over the last 20 years, whether [directly] to the PA or to organizations of the international community [who support the PA], in addition to 10 billion dollars for rehabilitation, the results of which the [Palestinian] citizens have yet to see in the areas of development and employment of the unemployed….
Director of the civil organizations in the Gaza Strip, Amjad Al-Shawa… called not to exchange the rights of our people for USAID funds by signing documents that condemn our people’s struggle… A member of the Political Bureau of the People's Party (a PLO member –Ed.) Nafedh Ghneim emphasized that the financial aid given by the foreign institutions to civilian organizations in Palestine is political monies of the first level, and its purpose is to strengthen the consumer and dependent character of the [Palestinian] society, with all its negative values, and this is in relation to the conditions set by the USAID institution, which makes its aid for every project related to Palestinian institutions dependent on signing a document renouncing terror, which is a hint [that they] condemn the Palestinian people's struggle."

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Dutch government gives 4 million euro in aid to the PA legal sector 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 26, 2016
Headline: “Hamdallah signs an agreement for aid in the amount of 4 million euros from the Netherlands’ government”
      “Yesterday [May 25, 2016] [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah signed a memorandum of understanding with the representative of the Netherlands in Palestine Peter Mollema in his office for aid in the amount of 4 million euros to the [PA] government, for the legal sector, through the PEGASE organization.”
Germany gives 10 million euros to the PA Ministry of Education 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 26, 2016
Headline: “The [PA] Ministry of Education signs a cooperation agreement in the amount of 10 million euros between Palestine and Germany in order to improve the chances of the young to find work”
     “Yesterday [May 25, 2016] in the [PA] Ministry of Education in Ramallah a signing ceremony was held for a cooperation agreements in the amount of 10 million euros between Palestine and Germany. The goal is to improve the chances of the young Palestinians to find work, by focusing on professional and technological training.”
PA Minister of Finance: “American aid to Palestine since the establishment of the PA is more than 5 billion dollars” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 23, 2016
Headline: “During the Palestinian-American economic dialogue meeting the [PA] Minister of Finance demanded of the American side that it put pressure on Israel to fulfill its obligations”
     "Regarding American aid, Bishara noted that the American administrations throughout the generations have been among the large donors. He added that the American aid to Palestine since the establishment of the PA is more than 5 billion dollars, and that the American side has assisted in several important areas such as health, tourism, infrastructures, the rule of law, and security. Bishara thanked the American side for this support, but asked the American side to reconsider its current policy regarding the reduction in aid to the Palestinian side, and called to continue to support the Palestinian economy.”

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PA Minister of Finance: “American aid to Palestine since the establishment of the PA is more than 5 billion dollars”; Foreign aid to the PA has decreased over the past three years 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 23, 2016
“[PA] Minister of Finance and Planning Shukri Bishara... noted that the American administrations throughout the generations have been among the large donors. He added that the American aid to Palestine since the establishment of the PA is more than 5 billion dollars, and that the American side has assisted in several important areas such as health, tourism, infrastructures, the rule of law, and security. 
EU to PA: Europe can’t finance PA workers’ salaries in Gaza who haven’t worked since 2007 
Source: Wattan News Agency, Apr. 30, 2015
Headline: “A European diplomat: We can’t continue paying salaries to those who don’t work”
      “A European diplomat said that the European Union had notified the PA in recent talks that Europe cannot continue the financial aid [that pays] workers’ salaries in Gaza if they continue not to work.  The diplomat, who wished to remain anonymous, told Al-Ayyam: ‘We told the PA that it is difficult for the European Union to continue justifying the aid for paying workers’ salaries in the Gaza Strip in the absence of a solution to this problem, since they stopped working in 2007.’ He stated: ‘The direct financial aid offered by the EU to the PA is aimed at enabling the PA to offer basic services to the citizens and enable them to keep functioning.’ He added: ‘Without the capacity to do so, we told the PA that the EU cannot provide unlimited aid for paying the workers’ salaries.’ These workers have remained in their homes since the events of mid-2007 (Hamas' takeover of the Gaza Strip. – Ed.) and the PA has continued to pay their salaries since. The European diplomat said: ‘In view of the existence of a national consensus government, these workers should have come back to work. We cannot justify to our parliaments the aid for salaries for workers who do not work.’ The European diplomat said that thousands of employees of the education and the healthcare sectors may soon return to their workplaces, especially in view of the urgent need of workers in these two sectors in the Strip. The European official said that this issue must be resolved soon.”
Norway, Australia, Japan, Kuwait, and the UK give 77 million dollars to PA 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 21, 2015
Headline: $77,000,000 from trust fund to support authority’s budget”
     “The World Bank transferred 77 million dollars to the Palestinian Authority from the trust funds of the Palestinian Program for Reform and Development, a mechanism with many donors, managed by the bank, for the support of the Palestinian budget. These funds, donated by Norway, Australia, Japan, Kuwait, and the United Kingdom, will help answer the urgent needs of the Palestinian Authority’s budget… With this new payment [literally: share], the total donations of the trust fund will reach about $1,360,000,000.
PA to compile list of Gazan civil servants who get salary even though many do not work 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Apr. 14, 2015
Headline: “The government decided to open the registration of workers who were appointed before 2007”
      “During the weekly meeting held today [April 14, 2015] in Ramallah, led by PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah… the government ratified the suggestion of the administrative legal committee from its meeting on Sunday, May 12, 2015, led by the Prime Minister. It did this by appointing the ministers and heads of government institutions to form a sub-committee which will record the names and details of all workers who worked until June 14, 2007 in the Gaza Strip, in the office or department to which the employee belongs…
The task of the sub-committee will be to reduce the number of workers who can be considered to have worked [until June 14, 2007] and call them to work, and to reduce the number of workers considered to have lost their jobs. Likewise, it has to submit its suggestions to the administrative legal committee, which is a supreme supervisory committee, which will in its turn determine the situation of the civil employees, including those who can’t return to Gaza. Likewise, the government will contact all parties in order to provide the financial resources necessary to guarantee the monetary payments to workers whose salaries were stopped and who continued to work after June 14, 2007, and to those appointed after that date.”


EU and Netherlands donate 31.6 million Euros for PA salaries 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 3, 2015
Headline: “The European Union and the Netherlands donated 31.6 million euros to the PA’s salaries to its civil servants”
     “The European Union announced its contribution of 30.9 million euros yesterday [April 2, 2015] , to the payment of part of the salaries and pensions of around 68,000 civil servants and pensioners in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.”
From WAFA, official PA news agency
Sweden provided 180 million dollars in aid ‎to the PA 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 18, 2015
Headline: “The proposed general budget ‎for 2015 will be in conformity with the ‎financial crisis”‎
     ‎“[The Palestinian government] expressed ‎its appreciation of Sweden’s continuous ‎assistance to the Palestinian people. ‎‎[Sweden] has recently provided an ‎additional 180 million US dollars in aid to ‎Palestine until 2019, which has been ‎allocated to fighting corruption and ‎supporting equality and human rights” ‎
EU gives 212 million euros in aid to the PA and UNRWA 
Source: Palestine News Network (PNN, independent Palestinian news agency), Feb. 18, 2015
Headline: “212 million euros in aid from the European Union to the Palestinian people”
     “The European Union has announced the first installment of its financial aid to the PA and UNRWA for 2015, which comes to 212 million euros…
The first payment , a sum of 212 million euros, is comprised of two parts:
- 103 million euros in direct financial aid to the PA through PEGASE [EU Direct Financial Support Program]
- 82 million euros in financial aid to UNRWA.

The EU is one of the main donors to the Palestinian people and UNRWA, providing almost 300 million euros a year to the Palestinian people, including the refugees living outside of Palestine in the refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. In 2014, aid to the Palestinians reached 307 million euros, including the additional aid to UNRWA, meant to [help it] deal with the aftermath of the military operation in Gaza (i. e., the 2014 Gaza War, Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, which aimed at destroying Hamas' terror infrastructure and ability to launch rockets at Israel).”
Sweden to give 100 million dollars to PA over 5 years 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 23, 2015
Headline: “Hamdallah: We appreciate Sweden’s support of the values of justice and peace.”
“The Swedish Ambassador (i.e., Ms. Ann-Sofie Nilsson, Consul General of Sweden in Jerusalem) emphasized her government’s continued support of Palestine, and [noted that] the sum total of [Swedish] aid to Palestine would be raised to 100 million dollars for a period of 5 years, including aid to the institutions of the State of Palestine, to civilian society and the UN institutions in Palestine.”
US gives over 400 million dollars a year to the PA 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 21, 2015
       "(Reuters) - The Palestinians could lose annual U.S. aid if they file a lawsuit against Israel at the International Criminal Court which they joined this month over American and Israeli protests, a senior U.S. Republican senator said on Monday. Lindsey Graham, part of a seven-member delegation of senators visiting Israel, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, said existing U.S. legislation "would cut off aid to the Palestinians if they filed a complaint" against Israel… Any cut in U.S. funds could make it hard for the Palestinian self-rule authority in the West Bank and Gaza to survive. The U.S. supplies more than $400 million annually to the Palestinian Authority."

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Abbas: US Senate holds PA responsible for incitement and has recommended freezing aid 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 29, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast a speech by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to the Arab League’s Council of Foreign Ministers.
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “Unfortunately, the US Senate has recommended freezing its aid to the Palestinian Authority. They have held me personally responsible for the recent violence against the Israelis (reference to Palestinian riots in Jerusalem and several terror attacks in which Israelis were killed, -Ed.). Likewise, the US ambassador to the UN [Samantha Power] has distributed a written statement calling on [UN] member states to reject Switzerland’s call to convene a conference of the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention. Regarding this accusation, levelled at us by [US] Congress members, [the person] responsible for Israel’s homeland security [General Security Services Chief Yoram Cohen] has openly and clearly announced in the Israeli Parliament that the allegations are completely false, [confirming] that we have not incited against anyone, neither secretly nor in public. Despite the Senate’s directive on freezing [US] aid, we hope they won’t do it.”
British aid to PA from 2011-2015 exceeds 550 million dollars‎ 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 5, 2014
     ‎“[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah… ‎praised the extraordinary relations that ‎unite Palestine and Britain, as British aid ‎for the years 2011-2015 is expected to ‎exceed 550 million dollars, all of which ‎will be divided up into budgetary aid, ‎humanitarian aid, and support for ‎development projects.”‎
EU donated 200 million Euros a year to help pay salaries for PA civil employees 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 15, 2014
Official PA TV program The Economic Tour hosted EU Communication and Information Officer Shadi Othman.
EU Communication and Information Officer Shadi Othman: “First of all, the EU, [as part of] its relations with the Palestinian Authority, grants [the PA] a fixed annual amount to help pay salaries and pensions. In the last three years this has been around 200 million Euros a year, to help pay the salaries and pensions of Palestinian state employees, both in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.”

‎Note: Any financial assistance given to the Palestinian Authority frees up other funds to be used for ‎supporting terror and paying terrorist salaries, as Palestinian Media Watch has documented. Therefore, ‎any financial assistance given to the PA that is not conditioned on the cessation of incitement indirectly ‎funds terror and hate promotion.‎
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