A senior Palestinian Authority (PA) official has condemned a decision by the Australian government to cancel $10 million in aid, describing Australia as “worthy of being spat on” and “servants of the US”.
This Palestinian response further justifies the call Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi made in March this year, which the government later agreed to, withdrawing funding from the PA.
The Australian reports, Nabil Shaath, who advises PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas on foreign affairs and international relations, told a television station he had been “angered greatly” by the decision.
“Australia’s decision about transferring $10 million angered me greatly. That’s all that Australia pays — $10 million that it pays to us, to the PA, through the international bank,” he said.
“(Australia) said that it transferred (the aid) to the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, so that it would not serve the payment of the salaries of the (martyrs and prisoners’) families.
“In other words, the truth is they are worthy of being spat on. You (Australians) are the servants of the US. No decision is made without Australia voting as the US votes — sometimes only these three vote: Israel, America and Australia …
“We do not want to declare war on Australia. But it cannot be, in other words, sometimes there is insolence that is impossible (to accept)”.
Australia announced early last week it would end its direct aid to PA and will instead pay through the United Nations, following fears the money was going to the families of terrorists.
Senator Bernardi has long called for cuts to overseas aid funding, including funding of the Palestinian Authority, and greater transparency for all Australian international aid programmes.
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