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EU Ends Direct Aid to Palestinian Gov't
The Washington Post ^ | Friday, April 7 | Constant Brand

Posted on 04/07/2006 5:56:42 AM PDT by wolf78

EU Ends Direct Aid to Palestinian Gov't

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European Union has cut off direct aid payments to the Hamas-led Palestinian government because of its refusal to renounce violence and recognize Israel, the EU's executive office said Friday.

Hamas said the decision amounts to collective punishment of Palestinian people. The 25-nation EU is the largest international donor to Palestinian Authority.

"We call on the EU not to adopt such decisions and policies, which we consider collective punishment against the Palestinian people, because they exercised their democratic right through elections," said legislator Mushir al-Masri, head of Hamas' parliament faction.

European Commission spokeswoman Emma Udwin said some $36.9 million marked for release later this year was at stake. She added that the temporary aid cut-off would not affect humanitarian aid sent to non-governmental organizations or to U.N. relief agencies.

"For the time being there are no payments to or through the Palestinian authority," she said.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; Germany; Israel; News/Current Events; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: eu; europe; france; germany; hamas; hamastan; israel; notbreaking; palestine; palestinians; uk; un
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1 posted on 04/07/2006 5:56:46 AM PDT by wolf78
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To: wolf78

A step in the right direction.


2 posted on 04/07/2006 6:00:15 AM PDT by Coop (Proud founding member of GCA - Gruntled Conservatives of America)
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To: wolf78

They'll be funded by Iran and Syria so I don't think it matters too much to them IMHO.


3 posted on 04/07/2006 6:01:19 AM PDT by duckman (I refuse to use a tag line...I mean it.)
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To: wolf78
Not to worry--Yassir Arafat stashed millions in Swiss bank accounts for rainy days such as these. I'm sure Suha wouldn't mind tapping into that stash.

</sarcasm>

4 posted on 04/07/2006 6:02:21 AM PDT by randog (What the...?!)
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To: wolf78

". . . punishment against the Palestinian people, because they exercised their democratic right through elections."

Well, the EU is exercising their democratic right to do with their money want they want.


5 posted on 04/07/2006 6:05:22 AM PDT by synbad600
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To: wolf78

The EU will find a way to funnel dollars to the murderers.


6 posted on 04/07/2006 6:05:54 AM PDT by OldFriend (AMERICA WOULD NOT BE THE LAND OF THE FREE IF IT WERE NOT ALSO THE HOME OF THE BRAVE)
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To: wolf78
Window dressing. - They will continue other aid, and that just shifts the figures in the account books of HAMAS from one column to another.

While I am not a great admirer of the ME policies of the number one aid giver to palastine, the US, europe is a basket case, blind to its own coming death.

http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=21955

7 posted on 04/07/2006 6:08:49 AM PDT by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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To: wolf78

Heh...


8 posted on 04/07/2006 6:11:41 AM PDT by veronica ("A person needs a sense of mission like the air he breathes...")
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To: wolf78
""We call on the EU not to adopt such decisions and policies, which we consider collective punishment against the Palestinian people, because they exercised their democratic right through elections," "
So, If I read this correctly, if we as americans vote to nuke the entire middle east, we should not be punished because we exercised our democratic right through elections? This guy's intellegence factor is below that of a moron.....
9 posted on 04/07/2006 6:12:46 AM PDT by joe fonebone (Vote YES! on Lake Iran......)
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To: joe fonebone

Good. Let the Islamicists fund ther own movement.


10 posted on 04/07/2006 6:17:36 AM PDT by ClaireSolt (.)
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To: wolf78

About time.

Let them wallow in their psychosis, destitute.


11 posted on 04/07/2006 6:17:44 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Guns themselves are fairly robust; their chief enemies are rust and politicians) (NRA)
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To: wolf78

They'll reverse themselves in no time, no doubt.


12 posted on 04/07/2006 6:27:26 AM PDT by agrace
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To: ClaireSolt

Bowel movement?


13 posted on 04/07/2006 6:35:06 AM PDT by joe fonebone (Vote YES! on Lake Iran......)
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To: Woodstock
Hamas said the decision amounts to collective punishment of Palestinian people.

E'Yah...and your point is? Palestinians elected Hamas and the EU is saying to supporting terrorists...Hummm, makes sense to me. But being that we are talking about the EU, I don't think Hamas has too much to worry about.

14 posted on 04/07/2006 7:05:27 AM PDT by Woodstock
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To: duckman
They'll be funded by Iran and Syria

Great maybe it will cause them to spend their resources supporting people who don't create anything.

15 posted on 04/07/2006 7:15:35 AM PDT by AmericaUnite
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To: wolf78

The problem is that they will get plenty of money from Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt and Iran to name a few! But the EU finally did something worthy of praise


16 posted on 04/07/2006 7:15:40 AM PDT by areafiftyone (Politicians Are Like Diapers, Both Need To Be Changed Often And For The Same Reason!)
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To: Coop

sad to say your the only one who can openly say " Europe - you got that one right" all the others seem to have a fever that inhibits their 'Euros got at least one thing right' neurons somehow.


17 posted on 04/07/2006 7:24:06 AM PDT by globalheater (There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare - Sun Tzu)
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To: globalheater

There are a few of us. :-)


18 posted on 04/07/2006 7:27:12 AM PDT by Coop (Proud founding member of GCA - Gruntled Conservatives of America)
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To: wolf78

They HAD to do this, but give them credit. This might be one of the final gasps of a dying civilization, but its a principled act.


19 posted on 04/07/2006 7:40:07 AM PDT by Paradox (Removing all Doubt since 1998!)
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To: globalheater

ok, I was thinking it was April 1 for a moment. But, at least they did get it right.

But, I am worried they will buckle under pressure.


20 posted on 04/07/2006 8:37:09 AM PDT by ican'tbelieveit (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team# 36120), KW:Folding)
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To: F15Eagle

The EU refused to recognize Israel? You are seriously misinformed. (1) Israel predates the EU. (2) It's member states that recognize other states or not, and the European countries that now form the EU have recognized Israel since 1948.


22 posted on 04/07/2006 10:29:01 AM PDT by ProudNorseman
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To: wolf78

Morons.. they never had to give you money in the first place... they did because of their misplace feelings that you people actually wanted peace. No peace.. no money. You fault.. bye bye.


23 posted on 04/07/2006 2:07:11 PM PDT by Almondjoy
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To: Almondjoy

"Morons.. they never had to give you money in the first place... they did because of their misplace feelings that you people actually wanted peace. No peace.. no money. You fault.. bye bye."

Two democratic processes at work. Hamas was right about them voting in the government. The EU for standing for what is right for a change and saying no more money unless Hamas recognizes Israel and denounces violence. I do feel bad for the Palestinian people. Yassir Arafat kept the money and used it for himself and for terrorism leaving the Palestinian people poorer and most importantly, undeducted. Hamas comes along and gives charity to the people and they are voted in, but now they will not get money because of terrorism. What we need is more pro-freedom news networks over there, so at least people can understand what true freedom means.


24 posted on 04/07/2006 5:32:03 PM PDT by iThinkBig
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To: iThinkBig

" What we need is more pro-freedom news networks over there"

But don't they have Al-Jazerra?
/s


25 posted on 04/07/2006 5:58:13 PM PDT by death2tyrants
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To: wolf78

Hell has frozen over!!


26 posted on 04/08/2006 9:22:34 AM PDT by Cinnamon
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To: wolf78

They need to be continuously reminded that they have no inherent entitlement to any aid, and that decision to give or not to give aid is not theirs, but belongs to the potential donors. What an arrogance.


27 posted on 04/08/2006 8:51:02 PM PDT by GSlob
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To: iThinkBig
"...leaving the Palestinian people poorer and most importantly, undeducted".
I'd say thay have been deducted wrongly, i.e. fellatiously.
28 posted on 04/08/2006 8:53:43 PM PDT by GSlob
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To: wolf78
Hamas' "refusal to renounce violence and recognize Israel" "amounts to collective punishment of Palestinian people"

Until they figure this out, they don't deserve any funding.

29 posted on 04/08/2006 9:23:56 PM PDT by the anti-liberal (Hey, Al Qaeda: Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent)
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To: wolf78

Hey I'm in th Uk how come I have to go to FR to read this good news!

Thanks for the post!!!!!!


30 posted on 04/09/2006 12:26:38 PM PDT by vimto ("I've seen the future of Islam, Guess what? We won!")
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To: vimto
re ;Hey I'm in th Uk how come I have to go to FR to read this good news!

LOL Then read the papers more carefully, I have seen this story in both the Guardian and Telegrapth.

I have a long train journey to and from work and a couple of Newspapers while away the time.

31 posted on 04/10/2006 7:34:01 AM PDT by tonycavanagh (We got plenty of doomsayers where are the truth sayers)
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