B'nai B'rith Charges EU Ignores Palestinian Aid to Terrorists

(Jerusalem Post) Herb Keinon - The B'nai B'rith World Center in Jerusalem has released a 23-page report by Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld that claims the EU has deliberately turned a blind eye to the alleged misuse of donated funds by the Palestinian Authority. According to the report, "despite EU attempts to refute and downplay allegations, the EU aid money was used to fund terrorism. PA documents found by the IDF clearly show that the PA diverted international aid to fund its terrorist activities." The report is being used by B'nai B'rith Europe to lobby the European Parliament to support the establishment of an official inquiry by the European Commission into the use of EU money to fund terrorism. A minimum of 157 signatures out of the 626-member parliament are needed to establish such an inquiry. So far, some 130 parliamentarians have signed the request. Last month, EU Foreign Affairs Commissioner Chris Patten, in response to a question by a European parliamentarian about the allegations of misuse of the funds, said he wanted an inquiry into the matter like "a hole in the head."

2002-12-31 00:00:00

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