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EU donates 15 million euros to pay public salaries and pensions of PA employees
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 4, 2019
Headline: "The European Union donated 15 million euros to pay salaries and pension payments"
     "The European Union (EU) donated 15 million euros to pay the April [2019] salaries and pension payments of approximately 57,000 [PA] public employees in the West Bank. The EU explained in a statement published yesterday [May 3, 2019] that this donation, which is funded by the EU, is part of the direct financial aid to the PA through the PEGASE mechanism (i.e., an EU mechanism to facilitate direct financial aid to the PA)."
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USAID stops all aid to the PA following Abbas request to avoid potential lawsuits
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 2, 2019
        “A senior American official said yesterday [Feb. 1, 2019] that the American Agency for International Development USAID has stopped all of its aid to the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and noted that at this moment they will not take any steps to completely close the delegation’s office. This comes as the result of a new American anti-terror law coming into force on the war against terror that determines that every government that receives American funding will be subject to [American] law and exposed to lawsuits in the American courts (i.e., the Anti-Terrorism Clarification Act of 2018; see note below). [PA] transitional government Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah sent a letter on orders from [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas to the American State Department, in which he requested to stop the funding at the end of January [2019] out of concern of exposure to lawsuits in light of the new law, and this includes the aid to the [PA] Security Forces.”

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PA sends letter to Trump administration rejecting US security aid
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 20, 2019
Official PA TV News, on the PA refusing US aid due to new US law

Official PA TV newsreader: "PLO Executive Committee Secretary [and Fatah Central Committee member] Saeb Erekat said that on orders from [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah sent a letter to the American administration in which he demanded that it stop the security aid, if the law called the 'anti-terror' law (i.e., the Anti-Terrorism Clarification Act of 2018; see note below) is implemented. In an interview on the [official] PA TV program Topic of the Day, Erekat said that the American administration officially received the letter four days ago [Jan. 16, 2019], but until now no response to the letter has been received from America.”
Official PA TV reporter: “At a time when the American administration is acting in Congress to implement the law called 'the terror law,' which gives it the right to submit lawsuits against states that receive aid from it, the [PA] leadership sent a sharp letter to the White House administration on the orders of President Mahmoud Abbas, in which it emphasized its relinquishment of Washington's security aid if this law is implemented."

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Norway and Sweden contribute $18.5 million in aid to Palestinians
Source: World Bank website, Dec. 20, 2018
Norway and Sweden contributed an additional total amount of US$18.5 million to the Palestinian Partnership for Infrastructure Development Multi-Donor Trust Fund (PID fund) administered by the World Bank. The funds contributed by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) of SEK 90 million, equivalent to US$ 10 million, and the Norway Ministry of Foreign Affairs of NOK 73 million, equivalent to US$ 8.5 million, will support the Palestinian Authority implementing sector reforms and improving the quality and sustainability of infrastructure in water, energy and local government services provided to the Palestinian citizens. The PID Fund was established in 2012 with the objective of improving the coverage, quality, and sustainability of infrastructure in the Palestinian territories through financial and technical support in the energy, water and urban development sectors. With the new contributions, the total amount allocated to the PID fund is about US$ 186.4 million. Currently, donors contributing to the fund include the governments of Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, and United Kingdom.
France allots annual sum of 16 million euros to the PA budget
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 13, 2018
Headline: “Bishara signs an agreement with the French consul on budgetary support of eight million euros”
     “[PA] Minister of Finance and Planning Shukri Bishara signed an agreement yesterday [Nov. 12, 2018] with French Consul Pierre Cochard on support for the Palestinian [PA] government’s 2018 general budget, as part of the completion of the second payment allotted by the government of France… The ministry explained in a statement that the government of France allots an annual sum of 16 million euros for support of the Palestinian budget. Minister Bishara expressed joy and pride over the signing of the agreement, and expressed appreciation for the French government’s great efforts to support the Palestinian government. Minister Bishara praised the French support… as it deals with support for many important sectors such as the water supply, energy, the private sector – where the government of France gives loans and grants for the development of private Palestinian companies - and the education sector.”
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PA PM: PA going through financial crisis due to 71% drop in foreign aid
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 2, 2018
Headline: "Hamdallah briefed the European Union consuls and representatives on the latest political and economic developments"
     "[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah met yesterday [Nov. 1, 2018] in his office in Ramallah with the European Union states' consuls, ambassadors, and representatives in the presence of European Union Representative in Palestine Ralph Tarraf…
The prime minister discussed with the European Union representatives the [PA] government's efforts and achievements despite the difficult financial crisis that it is going through in light of the 71% drop in the rate of external aid."
PA PM: Aid to the PA has dropped by 70%, Israel steals the Palestinians' money
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 24, 2018
Headline: "Hamdallah: No decision, whatever it may be, can grant legitimacy to the occupation"
     "[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah... said in a speech during the laying of the cornerstone for the Centro Mall commercial center in Ramallah yesterday [July 23, 2018]: ...'In light of the drop in financial aid to approximately 70% (sic., drop of approximately 70%) and Israel's control of our resources, theft of our money (apparently refers to new Israeli law to deduct terror salaries from PA tax money; see note below –Ed.), and its attempts to weaken our national economy, we need to broaden our independent capabilities and resources, revive our sectors, and strengthen the investment opportunities.’"

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Finland grants 3 million euros in aid to the PA education sector
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Apr. 26, 2018
Headline: “The [PA] Ministry of Education signs an agreement with Finland granting additional aid to the educational sector”
     “[PA] Minister of Education and Higher Education Sabri Saidam signed a cooperation agreement today (Thursday) [April 26, 2018] with Representative of Finland in Palestine Anna-Kaisa Heikkinen, according to which Finland will grant the Palestinian educational sector 3 million euros of additional aid through support for the [PA] Ministry of Education and Higher Education’s strategic development plan…
Saidam emphasized that this agreement proves that Finland is making sure to support the educational sector in Palestine. He expressed his appreciation for this strategic support, which helps the ministry implement its strategic plans whose goal is to bring about a significant boost in the field of education. Heikkinen… emphasized Finland’s commitment to continue this support in a way that will contribute to the development of this crucial sector and the improvement of its performance.”
PA Education Minister: Israel’s accusation of incitement in the PA schoolbooks is an “outright lie;” PA and UK continue cooperation in education
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 4, 2018
Headline: “Saidam to the British consul-general: Israel’s accusing the Palestinian curricula of incitement is an outright lie”
      “[PA] Minister of Education and Higher Education Sabri Saidam said that the Palestinian curricula are open for everyone to check, and that Israel’s accusing them of incitement is an outright lie. While meeting yesterday [April 3, 2018] with British Consul-General in Jerusalem Philip Hall at the ministry building in Ramallah, Saidam said that Israel always refuses investigations of its own curricula . He added that the incitement against the Palestinian education system and the national curricula in particular is one of the characteristics of the occupation, something that many international – and even Israeli – studies have exposed and dealt with. Saidam again emphasized that the Palestinian curricula include human and national content. He called on the international media bodies that are interested in education to pay attention to the occupation state’s curricula, to examine their content, and to check the stereotypes and incitement materials that they contain. The British consul expressed his country’s support for the education [system] and for broadening the horizons of cooperation through many joint programs and initiatives, which attests to education’s role and mission in developing and advancing societies.”
UK gives 20 million pounds annually in aid to PA general budget
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Nov. 25, 2017
Headline: “Saidam: Britain has decided to pay its annual contribution of 20 million pounds to support the [PA] general budget”
        “[PA] Minister of Education and Higher Education, [Fatah Central Committee Deputy Secretary, and Fatah Revolutionary Council Deputy Secretary] Sabri Saidam announced today (Saturday) [Nov. 25, 2017] that Britain has agreed to pay its annual contribution of 20 million pounds, which is allocated to support the [PA] general budget of Palestine. Part of it will be allocated for the education [sector], as an affirmation of [Britain’s] commitment to support this sector and efforts to develop it and improve its accomplishments.
This was said during a phone call that Saidam received from B ritish Minister [of State for the Department for] International Development Alistair Burt. Saidam emphasized that the donors’ continued support for the education [sector] proves the confidence in the Palestinian [PA] education system, its efficiency, and its ability to record quality achievements.
He emphasized the importance of continuing this aid, whose goal is to support the education [sector], particularly in the fields that contribute to strengthening the education system.”
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PA is offering PA schoolbooks to Israeli schools in “the ’48 territories,” money for education from donors is coming regularly, according to PA Education Minister
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 10, 2017
Headline: "Saidam: Our textbooks are available for free to the members of our people in the '48 territories"
     "[PA] Minister of Education and Higher Education [and Fatah Central Committee Deputy Secretary] Sabri Saidam consented to the request of Father Constantine Nasser, the priest of the Greek Orthodox community in Jaffa, to provide the State of Palestine's edition of [the textbook] Christian Education to the Greek Orthodox school in the city. Saidam announced that the Ministry [of Education] will give these books to the school for free, and that it will give Islamic Education textbooks and every other book to the schools in the '48 territories (i.e., Israel) in order to support these schools and their students, and in order to emphasize the good and strong relations between members of the same people. He emphasized that the ministry is committed to supporting the education sector throughout the homeland… Father Constantine praised the new Palestinian [PA] curriculum, because it benefits the school students by strengthening the ties between the members of the same people. On another matter, Saidam confirmed that the money for education development is being received regularly, according to the plans and capabilities of the funding bodies…"

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EU pays 20 million Euro to PA salaries
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 4, 2017
Headline: “The European Union donated 20 million euros to pay the salaries and allowances of the pensioners for July”
      “The European Union said that it will pay its third annual donation for this year [2017] as part of its direct financial support for the PA.
The [European] Union added in a statement yesterday [Aug. 3, 2017]: ‘During the year of 2017, we allocated a sum that in total reaches 138 million euros for aid to the PA in paying salaries, pension allowances, welfare allowances, and medical referrals to the hospitals of East Jerusalem.’”
Finland donates money to the PA education system
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 8, 2017
Headline: "Saidam discussed with a Finnish minister her country's aid to the education sector"
           "[PA] Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr. Sabri Saidam yesterday [June 7, 2017] discussed with Finnish State Secretary at the Prime Minister's Office Paula Lehtomäki ways to expand the horizons of the cooperation between Palestine and Finland in a manner that will increase the aid to the Palestinian education sector…
Saidam thanked the Finnish minister for her country's support of the Palestinian education sector. He emphasized the exceptional role of Finland in this field through its pioneering role in leading the joint funding basket of the JFA (The Joint Financing Arrangement, prepared by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to aid cooperation between multiple donors to various causes –Ed.), which includes the states of Ireland, Finland, Germany, Belgium, and Norway."
PA Prime Minister: Only additions to Gaza workers salary was cut, financial crisis due to 70% cut in foreign aid
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 8, 2017
Headline: “?$17 billion were transferred over the last 10 years in order to provide for the needs of the Gaza Strip’ – Hamdallah: Some of the wage additions were cut in the salaries of the Gaza employees; Hamas is taking all of the revenue and spending it only on itself”
       “[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said: ‘The [PA] government has decided to take austerity measures on the expenses since last year [2016] in the West Bank. The first sector in which they began was the security sector, whose expenses were reduced by 25%. In addition, the budgets of many sectors were reduced due to the 70% drop in foreign aid. We are suffering from a large financial crisis.’ He added: ‘The base salaries of the [public] employees in the Gaza Strip were not harmed, but rather some of the wage additions were cut, while some of them were left intact. This is so that we will be able to manage the financial crisis from which we are suffering.’ Hamdallah continued: ‘We demand that Hamas give the Gaza Strip to the legal leadership (i.e., Fatah), as Hamas is taking all of the revenue and spending it only on itself, while we are fulfilling all of our obligations towards the members of our people in the Gaza Strip...”
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PA government spokesman: Due to 70% reduction in foreign aid, there will be temporary reductions to salaries of Gazan employees
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 5, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] government: The deductions from the Gazan employees’ salaries are a temporary step"
     "The [PA] national unity government explained that the deductions from the [public] employees’ salaries included only the additions and part of the addition for the nature of the work, without any harm to the basic salary.
The reason for this is the suffocating financial siege imposed on the occupied State of Palestine, in addition to the consequences of the [Fatah-Hamas] rift, the [Israeli] blockade [of Gaza], and the occupation's terrible steps.
Official [PA] Government Spokesman Yusuf Al-Mahmoud said: 'This is a temporary step that will not include the social [welfare] allowances and the humanitarian aid.' He emphasized that the pressures being applied to the Palestinian leadership, including the financial pressures that are expressed in the reduction of the external aid (i.e., Western donors) by approximately 70% compared to previous years, have forced the government to take such steps in order to guarantee the continued payment of the salaries. He also emphasized that this step is part of the national policy to deal with the financial difficulties.
The official spokesman added that the government has explained that the continued [Fatah-Hamas] rift and the steps taken by the acting government in the southern districts (i.e., the Hamas government in the Gaza Strip), including rebellion against the constitutional court, operating the executive committee that has begun to act as a parallel government, and the fact that the Hamas movement continues to gather the revenues and control them without returning them to the [PA] Treasury - all of these have negatively affected the financial situation and escalated the financial crisis to the point that we have reached. This is particularly so in light of the fact that all of this is taking place under the Israeli blockade [of Gaza] and occ
PA Minister of Labor: Despite major drop in foreign aid, "We will not stop anyone’s salary"
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Mar. 27, 2017
Headline: “[PA] Minister Abu Shahla spoke with Donia Al-Watan about the salaries, financial crisis, electricity, temporary positions, and early pension”
     “[PA] Minister of Labor Ma’moun Abu Shahla said that the [PA] national unity government has a monthly revenue of 900 million [Israeli] shekels, and its monthly expenditures exceed 1.15 billion shekels. He noted that the unity government suffers from a [monthly] financial deficit that stands at 250 million shekels.
Dr. Abu Shahla added in a special interview with [the independent Palestinian news agency] Donia Al-Watan: ‘Some think that the international aid reaches the Palestinian government continuously… There were promises that the aid would reach five billion [dollars], and it started to drop until in 2015 it reached approximately 700 million dollars, and in 2016 not even 450 million [dollars] reached us.’ …
Dr. Abu Shahla emphasized that the most important thing for the government is the timely payment of the salaries, as they must be paid on the first of the month, and the unity government has not been late [in paying] the salaries by even one day. Despite [the fact that] the government’s revenue mainly arrives from its own sources alongside the international aid that reaches 10% of the general budget; despite the ongoing pressure of the international community that it is not possible to pay the salaries of the [public] employees in Gaza who are not working; and despite the threats of the World Bank and the European Union to stop the economic aid for the salaries, the government has committed itself to pay all of the salaries, and we will not stop anyone’s salary.”
US aid goes to humanitarian aid or Israeli creditors, not directly to the PA
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Mar. 9, 2017
Headline: “Did Obama’s money reach the Palestinians?”
     “New American President [Donald Trump] - upon his entry to the White House and almost as part of the first decision he made - froze an amount of $220 million that was allocated for aid to the Palestinians, and which his predecessor former [US] President Barack Obama had released a short time before leaving the White House [on Jan. 20, 2017].
According to what was reported on the Hebrew [news] website Arutz Sheva on Thursday [March 9, 2017], American State Department Spokesman Mark Toner spoke during a press briefing about how most of this money was instead transferred for humanitarian purposes in the PA and in the Gaza Strip, while part of it was transferred to Israeli bodies to which the PA owes money. ‘The money was not transferred directly to the PA, but rather to bodies that provide services,’ emphasized Mark Toner in his response to one journalist's question.”

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PA transfers $1.3 billion to Gaza per year, of which $82 million to families of Martyrs, prisoners and wounded
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 28, 2017
     “[PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] Advisor on Strategic Affairs Dr. Husam Zomlot… emphasized that the PA is transferring approximately $1.3 billion a year to the Gaza Strip, most of which goes to covering the salaries that stand at approximately $840 million a year. This is in addition to $100 million for aid to socially poor families, and $82 million for the allowances (mukhassasat) of [the families of] the Martyrs (Shahids), of the prisoners, and of the wounded [in Gaza].”
PA Prime Minister: Foreign aid has decreased at a rate of 70%, but "we will not exchange our basic policies for any money"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 23, 2017
Headline: "Hamdallah: We will not exchange our national enterprise for any money"
     "[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said: 'The conditions under which we are working are unusual and difficult: The foreign aid has decreased by a rate of 70%, and despite this we have overcome these conditions and international reports praise the functioning of the [PA] government.'
Hamdallah added: 'We demand that the [international] community press Israel to allow investments in the territories called [Area] C (i.e., areas of the West Bank under full Israeli administration according to the Oslo Accords), which constitute a financial source worth $3.5 billion a year if we invest in it, according to the World Bank. We will not exchange our basic policies for any money, as [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas said. We demand that the occupation on our land be ended, and there is no retreat from the two-state solution in order to achieve our independence and our state.’"
Japan announces $46.7 million in aid to PA general budget and UNRWA
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 13, 2017
Headline: “The government of Japan declares new aid for the Palestinian people”
     “The government of Japan yesterday [Feb. 12, 2017] in a press statement declared additional financial aid to the Palestinian people in the amount of $46,688,925, [which will be transferred] through international organizations and Japanese non-governmental organizations.
The new package includes humanitarian aid through UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East), aid for the [PA] general budget through the Palestinian Recovery and Development Program Trust Fund (PRDP) that belongs to the World Bank, and also support for infrastructure initiatives, particularly in the Jericho Agro-Industrial Park, through the UNDP (UN Development Programme)…
According to the statement, the total Japanese aid stands at $1.8 billion since 1993.”
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