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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, 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.‎
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.”
Europe Court of Auditors calls to stop paying salaries to Gazan civil servants who haven’t worked since 2007 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 12, 2013
Headline: “European supervisory body calls to cease payment of salaries of workers in the Gaza Strip, and the [European] Commission responds that there is no proof of corruption or mismanagement of our money”
     “The European Court of Auditors demanded yesterday that there be a ‘complete overhaul’ of the financial aid that the European Union transfers to the Gaza Strip, as it is used to pay the salaries of civil servants who ‘don’t work.’ This drew a sharp reply from the European Commission and opposition from the Fatah movement.
[Member of the European Court of Auditors] Hans Gustaf Wessberg, who is responsible for the report, stated at a press conference in Brussels that the financial aid that the European Union gives to the Gaza Strip mandates a ‘complete overhaul’. Since 2007, the European Union, the main donor to the Palestinian Authority, has granted 2.9 million dollars to projects in the occupied territories, 20% of all European aid designated to the ‘Neighborhood Policy’. Some salaries of civil servants in the Gaza Strip (teachers and doctors) [parentheses in source] are paid by European grants, but Wessberg noted in his report that the European Union paid salaries of civil servants that aren’t working, at times for six years (i.e., since the Hamas takeover in 2007). According to the assessment of the European Court of Auditors, about 22% of the workers in the health system and 24% of the workers in the education sector receive European [funded] salaries even though they don’t actually work…"

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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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