December 11, 2013 14:36
by Pesach Benson
Audit finds EU pays Palestinian civil servants in Gaza who haven’t worked in six years. AP writes:
Some 65,000 civil servants and members of the security forces in Gaza stopped reporting to their jobs in 2007, when the Islamic militant Hamas seized the territory from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, leaving him with only the West Bank.
Abbas decided at the time to keep paying their salaries, on condition they stay at home and don’t work for the Hamas government . . .
Wessberg said the auditors recommend halting EU payments to Palestinian civil servants in Gaza and using the aid instead on the West Bank.
It’s rare for Western news services to look at the phenomenon of Palestinian honor killings. So due credit to Reuters for reporting a rising worrisome trend in the West Bank. Honor killings are mostly blamed on PA paralysis, patriarchal views, plus incidents covering up crimes, family disputes, and incest. But you can always count on someone take take the view that Israel Made Me Beat My Wife:
Palestinian Minister of Women’s Affairs Rabiha Diab saved much of her blame for violence toward women for Israel: “The Israeli occupation is the one practising the utmost violence . . . it’s the main thing keeping us from advancing.