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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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A step in the right direction.
They'll be funded by Iran and Syria so I don't think it matters too much to them IMHO.
". . . 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.
The EU will find a way to funnel dollars to the murderers.
Good. Let the Islamicists fund ther own movement.
Let them wallow in their psychosis, destitute.
They'll reverse themselves in no time, no doubt.
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.
Great maybe it will cause them to spend their resources supporting people who don't create anything.
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
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.
There are a few of us. :-)
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
" What we need is more pro-freedom news networks over there"
But don't they have Al-Jazerra?
Hell has frozen over!!
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.
Until they figure this out, they don't deserve any funding.
Hey I'm in th Uk how come I have to go to FR to read this good news!
Thanks for the post!!!!!!
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.