I hesitate to place any reports of Palestinian corruption in the "News" section, because it is hardly news. Like in all Arab countries, corruption runs rampant in the Palestinian terrorist authority, as well. The monetary misdeeds start at the very top of the Palestinian government, most notably from Arafat and all the way down to the local Palestinian warlords.
While the world is stumbling all over itself to provide funds for the "poor" Palestinians, their brutal and corrupt leaders are robbing the population and shamelessly plundering the foreign aid, which incredibly, keeps on pouring in to the Palestinian territories.
Next time you read that the Palestinians are in need of funds, don't believe it. There is plenty of money set aside for the Palestinian needs, but it's being stolen to the tune of hundreds-of-millions by their very own Palestinian brothers.
Want to feed the entire Palestinian population for the next 10 years? Just crack open the secret Swiss bank accounts of Arafat and his terrorist warlords.
This report is from today's Washington Times:
Arafat accused of stashing millions
Israeli sources say Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat recently transferred $5 million to his wife in Paris and that other leading Palestinians have transferred tens of millions to private bank accounts abroad as fears grow that the Palestinian Authority is near collapse.
"We have recently identified the transfer abroad of tremendous sums by Palestinian leaders who are preparing nest eggs for the future," an unnamed senior Israeli political figure was quoted by the Tel Aviv newspaper Yediot Achronot.
The official told the newspaper that the money sent by Mr. Arafat to his wife, Suha, who lives in Paris with their young daughter, came from funds provided by Saudi Arabia for assistance to the Palestinian people.
The Israeli source said the second-ranking man in the Palestinian hierarchy, Abu Mazen, recently channeled $70 million in Palestinian Authority funds to European banks through his brother, a wealthy businessman operating in the Gulf states.
Reports of transfers of Palestinian funds have also appeared in Arabic newspapers, including El-Wattan el-Arabi, published in Paris, and the Jordanian newspaper Asabil."