The Smile and the Dagger
The European Union will continue to fund the Palestinian Authority, according to the BBC, so long as "its new government is committed to peace with Israel".
The European Union says it will continue funding the Palestinian Authority so long as its new government is committed to peace with Israel. EU ministers renewed their call for Hamas to renounce violence and recognise the Jewish state following the militant group's election victory.
The BBC article also provides a good breakdown of the Palestinian Authority's sources of foreign funding providing further detail into the information already supplied in a previous post.
|UN relief (UNRWA)||$77m|
I came across this link at MSNBC which describes rioting and threats against EU citizens in the West Bank and Gaza for refusing to punish a Danish cartoonist who caricatured Mohammed.
The Danish Red Cross said it had pulled two employees out of Gaza ... Ten Palestinians armed with assault rifles and grenade launchers rallied outside the European Union headquarters in Gaza City and fired in the air, demanding an apology and saying Danes and Norwegians there would be at risk of attack.
“We warn the citizens of the above-mentioned governments to take this warning seriously because our groups are ready to implement it across the Gaza Strip,” one of the gunmen said, reading from a prepared statement. Militants set fire to Norwegian and Danish flags and painted a footprint on the Danish flag, a severe insult for Arabs.
Thousands of protesters in the West Bank town of Qalqilya marched through the streets, demanding an apology and burning Denmark’s flag, a white cross on a red background. Militant groups linked to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction issued a statement saying, “We call upon all Danish citizens in (Palestine) to leave immediately.” Hamas, the militant Islamic group which won Palestinian elections last week, urged Islamic countries to take “deterrent steps against idiotic Danish behavior”. “We call on Muslim nations to boycott all Danish products because the Danish people supported the hateful racism under the pretext of freedom of expression,” it said in a statement.
Does the boycott include refusing Danish money?
One cynical way of paraphrasing the EU statement is that the PA can continue to shoot for so long as they go through the motions of talking -- and receive money into the bargain. This course can be justified by arguing that without the money there would simply be shooting without the talking. It might make sense were the policy not discredited by fifty years of continuous failure. If insanity is been defined as repeating an action continuously in the expectation of different results, cluelessness may be characterized as paying for a farce while being presented with a tragedy.
Fearless prediction: The boycott does not include refusing Danish money and Europe will keep forking over the dough. The only part which remains doubtful is whether the Danish cartoonist will get a jail sentence, be forced to apologize or left alone. Anybody want to start a betting pool?