Between the signing of the Oslo Accords in May 1994 and June 2002, the international community sent $4.5 billion -- including almost $1.4 billion from the EU -- to the Palestinian Authority to pay salaries for bureaucrats, doctors, nurses, teachers, and garbage collectors, among others, and to help establish the building blocks, such as roads, electrification, and schools, that an autonomous Palestine would need to make itself viable.
The money, paid into a bulk account for the benefit of the PA and monitored only loosely by the International Monetary Fund, continued -- and continues -- to flow despite signs that much of the aid had not apparently been used for its intended purpose. Instead of seeing construction of new schools and hospitals, observers traveling in the West Bank and Gaza could see garbage piling high as workers went on strike over lack of pay. Indeed, even before the second Palestinian uprising started in September 2000, the Palestinian economy was flagging by almost any measure. Meanwhile, reports indicated that a number of leading Palestinians -- including PA president Yasser Arafat -- were treating aid accounts as personal honey pots, ladling millions into offshore banks. According to the Democracy Council, a nonpartisan nongovernmental organization charged with auditing PA accounts, Arafat has at least $300 million in offshore accounts. Apart from personal corruption, though, Israeli military intelligence suspected the aid money was being diverted to fund terrorism.
Four and a half BILLION dollars, yes $4.5B is a lot of money. Why then, are there any Arab public workers striking the PA for lack of pay... not for pay raises, but they are NOT getting paid? The circumstantial evidence is overwhelming but the EUnuchs, and Chris Patten refuse to acknowledge it. Ms. Darshan-Leitner is generous when she says,
"Chris Patten is in denial," says attorney Darshan-Leitner. "The evidence is as sharp as a knife, but they don't want to believe it. They don't want to admit it. It's not even a matter of belief. In their hearts, they know the money is used for terrorism."
Is the PA involved in terror? I don't know what else you could call it:
August 5, 2001 began as a normal mid-summer day for the Bloomberg family. Stephen and Tehiya, both 40 and parents of five, had recently learned the results of an ultrasound, and the five-month-old fetus in Tehiya's belly was a healthy boy. They went out shopping with their eldest, then-14-year-old Tzipora, and were on their way home when they got stuck behind a slow-moving car. Stephen, an aircraft engineer, waited until the coast was clear and pulled into the left lane to pass.
But the vehicle in front had slowed for a purpose, and as the Bloombergs pulled alongside, two men drew weapons and fired a fusillade, piercing their van with seventeen bullets. Tehiya and the baby she was carrying died instantly. Stephen and Tzipora survived. Their spinal injuries will keep them in wheelchairs for the rest of their lives. The alleged assailants were senior members of the Palestinian police, one the chief of the Tulkarem force.
Mr Bloomberg is suing the EU to seek justice for his wife's murder by terrorists the EU supports. The EU has finally begun its own inquiries, but so far the EUnuchs have been silent:
How the findings might affect the Bloomberg and other potential lawsuits isn't clear. So far, the EU has ignored the suit altogether, claiming diplomatic immunity. In the initial proceedings in Tel Aviv District Court, the EU did not even send an attorney. Darshan-Leitner successfully challenged the defense in an Israeli appeals court, but the Europeans have already declared it will not be bound by Israel court decisions.
To Darshan-Leitner, the EU's unwillingness to go through the discovery process that a court case would require is significant. "In my eyes diplomatic immunity is the guilty man's defense," Darshan-Leitner says. "If you have nothing to hide, don't hide behind the diplomatic immunity. Come to court."