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Aid to the Palestinian Authority... what are we funding exactly?

Yesterday we learned that Obama had pledged $400 million to the Palestinian Authority:

Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud 'Abbas came away from Wednesday's White House meeting with an additional $400 million in U.S. aid for projects in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. President Obama used the occasion to reiterate his insistence that Israel conduct an investigation into the Gaza flotilla affair with international oversight and to call for increased assistance to the people of Gaza. He called the situation there "unsustainable." A White House statement described the $400 million as "a down-payment on the United States' commitment to Palestinians in Gaza, who deserve a better life and expanded opportunities, and the chance to take part in building a viable, independent state of Palestine, together with those who live in the West Bank." 'Abbas denied his government is involved in incitement against Israel, an issue that has been of keen concern to the Israelis who point to the naming of streets and public squares in honor of notorious terrorists who killed Israeli civilians. In his opening remarks, President Obama admonished that he "was very frank with President Abbas that we have to continue to make more progress on both security as well as incitement issues." In his statement following the President's, 'Abbas said, "I say in front of you, Mr. President, that we have nothing to do with incitement against Israel, and we're not doing that."

It's no secret that Bush had also given large sums of dough to the Palestinians so conservatives need to keep that in mind when Obama is criticized for now doing the same.

But what is it that we're funding?

Via Sense of Events, we find this Dance to Peace produced by the Palestinian Authority's Ministry of Culture:

The lyrics, via Palestinian Media Watch, follow:

"From my wounds, my weapon has emerged.
Oh, our revolution, my weapon has emerged.
There is no force in the world that can remove the weapon from my hand.
My weapon has emerged.
My weapon has emerged.
This revolutionary people has sacrificed and offered in order to live in freedom!
My weapon has emerged.
My weapon has emerged.
He who offers his blood doesn't care if his blood flows upon the ground.
As the weapon of the revolution is in my hand, so my presence will be forced [upon Israel].
My weapon has emerged.
My weapon has emerged."

More video items of interest can be found at the bottom of this page.

Which begs the question once again, what exactly are we funding?

Crossposted at Brutally Honest.


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Comments (16)

Perhaps <a href="http://www... (Below threshold)
James H:
Shock music (rock) in Pales... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

Shock music (rock) in Palestine appeals to the rebellious tendencies of youth there just as shock music appeals to the rebellious tendencies of youth everywhere. Often the older (parent) generation finds the "music" their kids listen to shocking. If that's the case in the West Bank it might actually mean they are ready for peace with Israel. Gaza is a different story, however.

James H,Interestin... (Below threshold)
jim m:

James H,

Interesting article. I might even believe some of it were it not for the fact that the media has a decades long history of covering for communists and terrorists and outright lying about their activities and intention. Add to that the arab belief that lying to one's enemies is not just acceptable but encouraged (pace arafat saying one thing to western media and another to the local) and we arrive at a situation where even if this guy is doing something good, no one in their right mind could or should trust it.

Wow, Palestinian shock musi... (Below threshold)
Dave:

Wow, Palestinian shock music... it has a good beat, and I can dance to it!

Our country has completely ... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Our country has completely lost its way.

Jim M:If there's o... (Below threshold)
James H:

Jim M:

If there's one guy among the Palestinian leadership who's interested in technocratic politics rather than intifadah, it behooves the West to pay attention to him and even to find ways to reward his behavior.

Re: Arafat. When I look back at Yasser Arafat, I'm always incredibly disappointed. He could have founded a viable state for his people through diplomacy, but he chose a violent, corrupt path instead.

نهر الرقص (Arabic for Ri... (Below threshold)
MJDZFUN:

نهر الرقص (Arabic for River Dance)

Mudz:Ack. Do not ... (Below threshold)
James H:

Mudz:

Ack. Do not mention that show. Riverdance makes me want to strap on a bomb vest myself ...

but he chose a ... (Below threshold)
but he chose a violent, corrupt path instead.
Arafat was a violent, corrupt man. Without violence and corruption going on around him he would have been like the cows in the ship's hold on "Firefly," forgetting who he is.
I'm for giving the Palestin... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

I'm for giving the Palestinians NOTHING! They elected their 'government', let them LIVE with it.

If there's one guy... (Below threshold)
jim m:
If there's one guy among the Palestinian leadership who's interested in technocratic politics rather than intifadah, it behooves the West to pay attention to him and even to find ways to reward his behavior.

But that's exactly my point. IF he's serious and IF he can get the rest of he homicidal palestinians to follow him. You are saying that like every fraud before him we should follow him into the abyss to see if he's for real. The rest of us have been burnt enough times to say screw 'em. Until they prove themselves real we don't care to stick out our necks to support them. I don;t care to get burnt yet again by another pali fraud, who will connive o get Israel to offer everything they are asking for and then turn around and refuse it and make more demands. Such has been the approach of arafat and others in power in the Middle East.

Well, he actually is taking... (Below threshold)
James H:

Well, he actually is taking positive action by putting money into infrastructure, so that's worth encouraging. I don't advocate following him into the abyss, but I do hope that we're looking past the top leadership in the Palestinian territories with an eye toward people who are more concerned with bread-and-butter issues than with jihad.

Im for giving the Palestini... (Below threshold)
914:

Im for giving the Palestinians "Shock and Awe".

I presume that's ... (Below threshold)
irongrampa:

I presume that's a rhetorical question.


We (anyone) is/are funding an organization dedicated to the physical destruction of a free country--read that Israel.

The "plight" of the Palis is merely the cover for the advancement of Hamas, Hezbollah, etc.
Anyone who can't see this, after decades of the same sorry shit is either wilfully ignorant or in concordance with the forementioned TERRORIST groups. Any "progress" here can only happen after the total nullification of these groups. You may read that any way you choose.

Just a small note.... (Below threshold)
ODA315:

Just a small note.

WE'RE OUT OF MONEY MR. PRESIDENT. You're borrowing money from CHINA to give to the Palestinians for gawds sake.

My grandkids DON'T WANT TO PAY FOR THIS!!!

Please stop italicizing ins... (Below threshold)
skh.pcola:

Please stop italicizing inside of block quotes. The block quote box makes it clear that the text is an excerpt and the italics slow down the reader...or it slows down me.




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