A Guide to the Arab-Israeli Conflict by Mitchell G. Bard (JEWISH VIRTUAL LIBRARY) MYTH #122 “Yasser Arafat is directing the Palestinian Authority’s resources to the health and welfare of the Palestinian people”
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“Yasser Arafat is directing the Palestinian Authority’s resources to
the health and welfare of the Palestinian people.”
One of the principal reasons for the suffering of the Palestinian
people is the failure of the Palestinian Authority (PA) to allocate
the billions of dollars in international aid it has received for the
health and welfare of the population. The corruption in the PA has
been extensively documented by both Palestinians and external
reviewers such as the International Monetary Fund, but even setting
this important problem aside, an examination of PA spending shows
that a disproportionate share of the budget is being spent on the
president rather than the public.
In fact, there have been months in which President Yasser Arafat’s
office received nearly as much money as the departments of health and
social services combined.40 In the first half of 2003, Arafat’s
office was allocated 137 million shekels while the total budget for
social affairs was 95 million shekels and for health 185 million
All parties recognize that a key to peace is fostering prosperity in
the PA and improving the living conditions of the Palestinian people.
Israel has an important role to play in both areas, but the welfare
of the majority of Palestinians is in the hands of the PA, and their
present living conditions, as well as their future in an independent
state, depend on the commitment of their leaders to improve their
society rather than simply enrich themselves.
Source: Myths & Facts Online -- A Guide to the Arab-Israeli Conflict
by Mitchell G. Bard.
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