The government of Australia was providing the Palestinian Government $10 million in the form of contributions to the World Bank’s Palestine recovery fund. However, after officially coming to light that the government of Palestine was using that money to “fund political violence,” also known as terrorism, Australia has cut aid to the Palestinian Government.
The $10 million dollars being provided to the Palestinian Government will now be re-directed to a charitable UN fund that provides Palestinian territories with food and water services as well as some miscellaneous basic goods.
When announcing the measure, Julie Bishop said the following: “I wrote to the Palestinian Authority on May 29, to seek clear assurance that Australian funding is not being used to assist Palestinians convicted of politically motivated violence. I am confident that previous Australian funding to the PA through the World Bank has been used as intended. However, I am concerned that in providing funds for this aspect of the PA’s operations there is an opportunity for it to use its own budget to activities that Australia would never support.”
The shift of funds means that 1.9 million people in Gaza will be provided with basic services as the situation continues to deteriorate as the Palestinian Authority continues to use its resources to confront Israel while putting little emphasis on the well-being of their people. The money will also not be spent as the Palestinian Government sees fit.