The European Union contributed €10 million to support the Palestinian Authority payment of social allowances to vulnerable families in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, said an EU press release issued on Tuesday.
The EU supports the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Social Development Cash Transfer Programme responsible for the provision of basic social protection to the most vulnerable families in the West Bank and Gaza. The social allowances are paid on a quarterly basis to around 105,000 vulnerable families.
For this third payment in 2019, the contribution of the EU (€10 million) will cover the social allowances of 68,743 families of which 78% live in the Gaza Strip.
Acting EU Representative Tomas Niklasson [said], “In Palestine, we are proud of our long partnership with the Ministry of Social Development. We have been working hand in hand for many years to combat poverty and support those in need. This is in line with our shared values putting human rights first and leaving no-one behind,” he added.
Miftah, when looking at the budget of the Ministry of Social Development, noted:
After analyzing the budget of the Ministry of Social Development and its related financial reports, it was seen that there is an initial defect which has been accumulating over the years; namely the mixing of the center of responsibility of the Ministry of Social Development with the center of responsibility of the institution supporting the families of martyrs, and the two centers of responsibility were both classified under “the Ministry of Social Development/Affairs”. This led to inflating the center of responsibility budget of the Ministry of Social Development in a misleading and untruthful manner because there was no separation between its actual expenditures and the expenditures of the institution supporting the families of martyrs.
When the EU gives money to the Ministry of Social Development they are directly increasing the budget of the organization that pays families of terrorists.
I do not have any evidence that the EU is directly paying any terrorist families, but their contribution to this ministry frees money up for the PA to pay them.
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