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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” ‎
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.”‎
Japan has given PA a total of $1 billion 380 million to date, promises $200 million more 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 2, 2014
     “[Palestinian] Prime Minister [Rami Hamdallah] praised Japan’s ongoing aid to the Palestinian government, and noted that so far, Japan has given [the PA] 1 billion 380 million dollars. He also expressed [hope] that this aid would continue.
The Japanese foreign minister emphasized his country’s commitment to achieving peace on the way to an independent Palestinian state, and declared that the Japanese government would give 200 million dollars to the Palestinian government in budgetary aid, to humanitarian [aid] groups and for projects, especially the civil industrial agricultural projects in Jericho. He also noted that 62 million dollars would be paid this month [March 2014]…
The foreign minister of Singapore announced that his country would pay 5 million dollars in aid for the construction of institutions in Palestine.”
French aid to the PA in 2013: €18,000,000 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 19, 2013
     “[PA Minister of Finance] Dr. Shukri Bishara said that over the previous period, France has given more than US $750 million, 250 million of which was allocated directly to the budget… [French Minister for the Economy and Finance Pierre Moscovici] said: ‘French aid for the budget since 2007 totals €133 million, and we recently signed an agreement for €9,000,000, bringing the total of French aid to this year’s budget to €18,000,000.’”
PA €52 million from the EU 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 10, 2013
Headline: “52 million euro from the EU as aid to the PA”
     “The PA announced yesterday that it has received €52 million ($71,640,400) in financial aid from the European Union, after a meeting in Brussels between Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy for the Union, Catherine Ashton. Hamdallah said in a press release [issued by] his office: ‘This amount will be allocated for projects being carried out by the private sector aimed at creating new jobs – especially in the city of Jerusalem, for financing small investment initiatives in a few local councils, for building a new water station in Nablus.’”
France gives the PA 24 million Euros in foreign aid 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 25, 2013
Headline: "[PA Prime Minister Rami] Hamdallah and [French Foreign Minister Laurent] Fabius sign two [aid] agreements totaling 24 million Euros"
     "Yesterday [Aug. 24, 2013] the Palestinian government and the French government signed two agreements according to which Paris will provide the PA with financial aid of close to 24 million Euros... The value of the two aid agreements is 23,750,000 Euros out of which 9 million Euros are direct aid to the Palestinian treasury and 14,750,000 Euros for a solid waste treatment project in the Gaza Strip. [PA Prime Minister] Hamdallah expressed his appreciation of the aid delivered by the Government of France to the Palestinian budget, state institutions and our people's just cause."
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US contributes 148 million dollars to the PA general budget 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 19, 2013
Headline: "The US contributed 148 million dollars as aid to the PA's budget"
     "Yesterday morning [Aug. 18, 2013] [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and the American Government represented by Consul General of the United States Michael Ratney, signed an agreement of the transfer of 148 million dollars in financial aid to the PA's budget... Hamdallah 'thanked the Government of the United States and its people for this aid, which has been received for the second time this year.' He said that the first [financial] aid was given in February [2013] in the amount of '200 million dollars to the state's coffers.' Hamdallah said: 'We need another 600 million dollars by the end of this year [2013] so that we will be able to cover current expenses, which include the private sector's salaries and expenses. We hope to receive aid from our friends and financers so that we will be able to reach this sum.' [The Consul General of the United States Michael Ratney] added: 'The US has given a total sum of 4.3 billion dollars in [financial] aid over the past twenty years, 1.3 billion of it was direct budgetary aid.'"
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EU donated €18.9 million for PA salaries in April 2013 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 5, 2013
Headline: “EU provides € 18.9 million in aid for [PA] salaries and pensions”
     “The European Union announced yesterday [July 4, 2013] that is has contributed close to €18.9 million to pay salaries and pensions for the month of April (sic. Original EU announcement said June) to approximately 75,000 government employees and pensioners from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. A press release issued by the EU said that this contribution… is funded by the European Commission (approximately €13.2 million), the Government of Sweden (40 million Swedish Kronor [equaling] approximately €4.6 million) and the Government of Holland (approximately €1.1 million, earmarked specifically for salaries of PA [employees] in the justice sector).”
International donors group to give 1.2 billion to the PA for 2013 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 20, 2013
     "Yesterday [March 19, 2013], Prime Minister Fayyad welcomed the results of the meeting in Brussels with the donors whose commitments will allow the fulfillment of the needs of the PA, which are estimated at $1.2 billion for 2013. Fayyad said that the meeting of the [Ad Hoc] Liaison Committee (i.e., international group of donors), which has been established for this purpose, had been satisfactory.
Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Espen Barth Eide who heads the [Ad Hoc Liaison] Committee: 'We have obtained more contributions. Therefore it looks as if we will be able to cover the deficit and this is good news.' According to the organizers, Saudi Arabia will particularly contribute a portion of these funds.
The High Representative of [the Union for] Foreign Affairs [and Security Policies] of the EU, Catherine Ashton, explained that the 27 countries 'will keep the same level of aid this year,' of 300 million Euros as in 2012. She also announced [the donation of] additional aid in the amount of 7 million Euros 'for dealing with the worsening of the financial crisis, which has befallen the PA.'"
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The PA to receive 307 million Euros in aid from the EU in 2013 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 20, 2013
Reporting on a meeting in the donor group, the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee in March 2013 in Brussels: 
     “Yesterday [March 19, 2013], Prime Minister Fayyad welcomed the results of the meeting in Brussels with the donors whose commitments will allow the fulfillment of the needs of the PA, which are estimated at $1.2 billion for 2013. Fayyad said that the meeting of the [Ad Hoc] Liaison Committee (i.e., international group of donors), which has been established for this purpose, had been satisfactory.
Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Espen Barth Eide who heads the [Ad Hoc Liaison] Committee: ‘We have obtained more contributions. Therefore it looks as if we will be able to cover the deficit and this is good news.’ According to the organizers, Saudi Arabia will particularly contribute a portion of these funds.
The High Representative of [the Union for] Foreign Affairs [and Security Policies] of the EU, Catherine Ashton, explained that the 27 countries ‘will keep the same level of aid this year,’ of 300 million Euros as in 2012. She also announced [the donation of] additional aid in the amount of 7 million Euros ‘for dealing with the worsening of the financial crisis, which has befallen the PA.’”
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European donors increase aid to the PA in 2013 but will reconsider future aid 
Source: Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs' website, Mar. 19, 2013
     "'After 20 years of support from donor countries like Norway, Palestinian institutions are now strong enough to serve as a basis for an independent Palestinian state. At today's meeting, the donors agreed to increase their contributions. But without a credible political process towards a two-state solution, it will become increasingly difficult for the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) to continue as before,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Espen Barth Eide...
'The Palestinians for their part must continue efforts to build an open, modern and effective state,' Mr Eide said.
'Efforts to solve Palestine's acute economic problems are essential, but will only be meaningful within the framework of a negotiated two-state solution. The Ad Hoc Liaison Committee has contributed to the development of effective Palestinian institutions, but we will have to seriously consider whether we can continue our efforts if the parties fail to take steps to promote political progress towards the establishment of an independent Palestinian state,' Mr Eide said."
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Norway donates $43 million in aid to the PA 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 24, 2013
Headline: “Norway extends emergency aid to the PA”
     “The Norwegian government decided yesterday [Feb. 23, 2013] to rush and send emergency aid to the PA to pay salaries to the employees in the public sector. This is within the framework of aid granted to finance the important services that the Palestinian people needs in the education-, medical care- and security-sectors.
Norwegian Foreign Minister, Espen Barth Eide said that Palestine cannot continue to rely on those donors forever. He noted that the stability of the Palestinian economy will not be ensured in the absence of progress in the political negotiations, in a way that will make the end of the Israeli occupation possible and enable the Palestinians to again control their resources.
He said that the current financial distress requires all parties involved to grant more funds in 2013, and called on all donors to hurry and transfer aid to the Palestinian budget as soon as possible.
Barth Eide said that Norwegian aid to the Palestinian budget, which comes to US $43 million, will be transferred through the World Bank, to help build the public institutions of the State of Palestine.”
EU donates €60 million to the PA to "help pay workers' salaries" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 16, 2013
Headline: "The European Union has granted €100 million in support of the PA and UNRWA"
     "With the beginning of the new year, the European Union decided to transfer the first segment of its 2013 grant in support of the Palestinian nation in the amount of €100 million. [The transfer will be made] to the PA and to UNRWA…
In a press release yesterday the European Union announced that its decision is comprised of two parts: The first, €60 million designated for the European PEGASE organization that supports the Palestinian national development program through aid to the PA… He noted that this amount will help pay workers' salaries for the first three months of 2013. The press release stated that the second part of the decision, €40 million, is earmarked for UNRWA's 2013 budget…"
World Bank transferred $32 million to the PA from Britain, Australia, and Norway 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 19, 2012
Headline: “$32 million from the World Bank”
     “The World Bank has transferred 32 million dollars to the Palestinian Authority from Britain, Australia, and Norway.
A press release issued yesterday by the Bank stated that the amount will aid the PA’s urgent budgetary needs and aid the educational services, medical treatment, other essential social services, and economic reforms now under way.”

Note: The report went on to say that the monies were transferred via a Bank-administered foundation that has transferred 931 million dollars since its founding in 2008.
Canadian government funds shooting range in Jericho 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 10, 2012
Headline: "Minister of the Interior inaugurates shooting range in Jericho with Canadian support and presence
     "Minister of the Interior, Sa'id Abu Ali, stressed the importance of the completion of the light arms shooting range… This was during the inauguration of the light arms shooting range in Jericho yesterday, under the auspices of President Mahmoud Abbas, and funded by the Canadian government…
[Canadian ambassador to the PA] Chris Greenshields praised the wonderful accomplishment of the Canadian and Palestinian governments… He stressed the importance of cooperation and continued Canadian support of the Palestinian government and security forces."
EU funds PA police academy and gives further 20 million euros for other projects 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 9, 2012
     “Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, and President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso… inaugurated the Palestinian Academy for Security Sciences in Jericho… The Prime Minister [Fayyad] thanked the European Union and Canada for their important and vital help in establishing the police academy… At the end of the ceremony, Fayyad and Barroso signed an agreement according to which the European Union will transfer to the Palestinian Authority €20,000,000 … to develop a number of projects, foremost among them the construction of eight police stations in rural areas, and the construction of a rehabilitation and training center in the Jenin district.”
EU gives 8 million Euros to the [Palestinian] sector in Jerusalem 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 15, 2012
Headline: "Al-A'araj and the European Union sign 8 million Euro deal for support for [Palestinian] sector needs in Jerusalem"
     "Head of the Office of the President, Hussein Al-A'araj, and EU representative to the Palestinian territories, John Gatt-Rutter, signed an agreement for 8 million Euro yesterday at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah, in support of different sectors in the city of Jerusalem, in the fields of education, health, tourism, and professional training, over the next three years."
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