No one tells you UK aid money is helping cancel electricity bills, do they?

Evidently too busy triumphing over the Palestinian Authority’s insistence on using the term ‘State of Palestine’, the BBC has missed a story that will likely interest taxpayers across the United Kingdom

by on 8 January 2013 16:33

While today in London the Labour Party is arguing that those on welfare should receive a real-terms rise in their state handouts, the British government is helping alleviate the household burdens for hundreds of thousands of people. It's just a pity that this happens to be in the West Bank rather than the West Midlands.

Evidently too busy triumphing over the Palestinian Authority’s insistence on using the term ‘State of Palestine’, the British Broadcasting Corporation has missed a story that will likely interest taxpayers across the United Kingdom.

Recently, the Palestinian Authority’s Prime Minister Salam Fayyad announced that residents in the misleadingly named ‘refugee camps’ in the West Bank will no longer receive free electricity, and that all outstanding debts would be cancelled. The money for such a costly endevaour is of course derived from the Palestinian Authority’s general budget – of which Britain pays in at least £30m a year.

Unfortunately for Fayyad, and for the PA’s international donors, this didn’t go down well with some. A man from near Nablus tried to set himself on fire in protest. Apparently he doesn’t think he should have to pay for the electricity he consumes. Well why would he? You and I have been paying all along – we should just continue, right?

And it didn’t end there. Other residents from across West Bank cities were up in arms too. Why should only the refugee campers benefit from the international community’s largesse, and the PA’s profligacy with our money? Now the debt-amnesty has been extended to every West Bank resident.

But no word from our international development department about this, nor from the BBC either, who you’d think would be interested in the story, given the fact that they recently highlighted how Israel has confiscated PA tax revenues in order to pay the Israeli Electric Corporation for the massive debts the PA owes (except the BBC left out everything after the word ‘revenues’).

So your money, is helping to alleviate the electricity bills of residents in the West Bank. “Great news!” cries the ‘pro-Palestinian’ lobby in Britain.

Wait until they find out the money is basically offsetting Israel's withholding of tax revenues, which then goes to the state-owned Israeli Electric Corporation. That’ll cause some cognitive dissonance that might even make this whole ‘aid’ thing worth every penny.

Hat-tip, BBC Watch

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