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August 09, 2004
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European Union funds Yasser Arafat and other Palestinian terrorists

The Telegraph (www.telegraph.co.uk) reports on a new commission created by the European Union to investigate how funds were transferred from the EU to the Palestinian Authority, and then to the mass murdering bastdards from Yasser Arafat's Al-Aksa brigades:

The European Union is planning to send investigators to Israel to interview Palestinians held in Israeli prisons over suspicions that the Palestinian Authority may have diverted EU donations to fund terrorist operations. [...]

There had been claims that Yasser Arafat, the chairman of the Palestinian Authority, and senior officials transferred EU funds to the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, the military wing of Mr Arafat's Fatah faction. [...]

Olaf officials visited Israel at the beginning of the year and reviewed documents and testimony presented by the Israeli defence forces and Shin Bet security service relating to the issue.

Some of the documents were seized during an army raid on Mr Arafat's compound in Ramallah in April 2002. Investigators decided that the material was authentic and now want to substantiate the allegations from the testimony of Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades members held in Israel. [...]

A BBC documentary broadcast last year claimed that the Palestinian Authority was paying members of the brigades, which have carried out suicide attacks on Israelis, up to 27,500 a month.

Most Palestinians make about $50 a month, so 27,500 (over $30,000 US dollars) per month is a small fortunate for these mass murdering scum.

Don't expect news on how the European Union and Yasser Arafat directly finance Islamic terrorists to reach your local news outlet - it would greatly offend the European leftists who do not wish to look at reality but prefer to continue to support the mass murdering Palestinians.

I copy the full article below.

Palestinian prisoners questioned on EU funds
By Inigo Gilmore in Jerusalem, 05/08/2004, Link

The European Union is planning to send investigators to Israel to interview Palestinians held in Israeli prisons over suspicions that the Palestinian Authority may have diverted EU donations to fund terrorist operations.

The plan follows an investigation, begun at the end of last year, by the EU fraud investigation agency, Olaf.

There had been claims that Yasser Arafat, the chairman of the Palestinian Authority, and senior officials transferred EU funds to the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, the military wing of Mr Arafat's Fatah faction.

EU parliamentarians requested an open investigation, but Olaf has decided to keep it classified.

Olaf officials visited Israel at the beginning of the year and reviewed documents and testimony presented by the Israeli defence forces and Shin Bet security service relating to the issue.

Some of the documents were seized during an army raid on Mr Arafat's compound in Ramallah in April 2002.

Investigators decided that the material was authentic and now want to substantiate the allegations from the testimony of Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades members held in Israel.

A request to interview them was submitted recently to the National Security Council's anti-terrorism headquarters.

A BBC documentary broadcast last year claimed that the Palestinian Authority was paying members of the brigades, which have carried out suicide attacks on Israelis, up to 27,500 a month.

The BBC quoted a former Palestinian cabinet minister as saying the money was intended to wean the gunmen away from suicide bombings. But an Al-Aqsa leader told the BBC that, despite the payments, the group had not declared a ceasefire and Mr Arafat had not asked it to stop the bombings.

Fatah detainees have previously told reporters that they received financial support from the Palestinian Authority and were given instructions from senior security service officials on carrying out attacks.

In the past decade, the EU has transferred about 1 billion to the Palestinian Authority. European support for the authority is at present about 6.5 million a month.

A report by the International Monetary Fund last year said senior Palestinian officials had funnelled almost 500 million in funds from donor countries and from profits from corrupt business monopolies in the territories into overseas bank accounts.

One of the beneficiaries is said to be Mr Arafat's wife, Suha, who lives in Paris. Money transfers are being investigated by French authorities.

Posted by David Melle at August 09, 2004 02:22 PM
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