|From the UK Parliament's website|
A multi-million pound foreign aid project aimed at promoting Palestinian state building and peace has instead encouraged terrorism and led to an increase in violence, The Telegraph can disclose.
International development minister Desmond Swayne insisted that money given to the Palestinian Authority funds specific civil servants, helping to prepare a government in the event of a two-state agreement... [He] insisted ‘British taxpayers’ money does not fund terrorism’ and defended the thoroughly scrutinised list of aid recipients. He said: ‘Our taxpayers’ money goes to build the Palestinian Authority so that it is able to morph into the government of a Palestinian state when that opportunity arises and we pay named civil servants for the provision of public services.’
led to civil servants being “more likely” to commit acts of terrorism... [T]he five-year project encouraged public sector employees to engage in "active conflict" since their salaries were paid to their families even if they were convicted and imprisoned for criminal acts, including terrorism... On completing jail sentences, civil servants were able to return to their jobs which had been “kept open when they return from detention”, and continue to draw a salary funded by the UK taxpayer... DFID’s grant failed to “promote peace or peaceful attitudes” and appeared to lead to an increase in violence among Palestinians... [T]he more foreign aid money was spent on public sector employment, more “conflict-related” deaths occurred.
An increase in public sector employment by one per cent is associated with an increase in fatalities by 0.6% over this time period." [Expressed in terms of an] “opportunity cost” hypothesis [this means" "conflict, and therefore fatalities, are more likely when the opportunity cost of engaging in conflict is lowered... For public sector employees, the opportunity cost of conflict is lowered as their employment will be kept open when they return from detention, and their family will continue to be paid their salary.”
[F]unding sent to the Palestinian Authority is used to free up money to pay prisoners who have committed attacks in the Israeli conflict.
"Surely it is not unreasonable to ask the minister and officials to check what is going on, and to say if you’re going to receive money from the British Government you should unequivocally denounce violence in all its forms... I don’t think it’s unreasonable in times of stringency that we should address the quality of that aid as well as the quantity..." [DailyMail UK]
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“adds to the mounting concerns about the support which DFID [the British government's foreign aid agency] is providing to the Palestinian Authority”, and that she has “no confidence” in DFID's internal review into UK spending in the Palestinian territories. “This is an issue which has been put to the department repeatedly over recent years and which it has consistently and repeatedly failed to act on," she said.
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