"I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life"

Father God, thank you for the love of the truth you have given me. Please bless me with the wisdom, knowledge and discernment needed to always present the truth in an attitude of grace and love. Use this blog and Northwoods Ministries for your glory. Help us all to read and to study Your Word without preconceived notions, but rather, let scripture interpret scripture in the presence of the Holy Spirit. All praise to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Please note: All my writings and comments appear in bold italics in this colour

Monday, July 2, 2018

Australia Cuts Funding to Palestine, Fearing Support of Terrorism

A remarkably sensible decision
By Ed Adamczyk

Palestinians carry injured as Israeli forces fire tear gas at the Israel-Gaza border on June 29. Australia reallocated its $10 million funding of the Palestinian Authority from the World Bank to a United Nations agency on Monday out of fear the funding is used to support terrorist activities. Photo by Ismael Mohamad/UPI | License Photo

UPI -- Australia's funding of Palestine through the World Bank was stopped on Monday, the country's foreign ministry said Monday, out of concern the money is aiding terrorism.

The reallocation of $10 million will move the money from the World Bank Multi-Donor Trust Fund and directed to the United Nations' Humanitarian Fund for the Palestinian Territories.

The U.N. fund provides basic services to Palestinians, including healthcare, food, water, improved sanitation and shelter. The majority of the money in the fund is spent in Gaza.

"I wrote to the Palestinian Authority ... to seek clear assurance that Australian funding is not being used to assist Palestinians convicted of politically motivated violence," Australia Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in a statement.

"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."

Bishop added she's confident no Australian contributions have been misused.

I suspect, if that were really the case, there would not be any need of the reallocation. I suspect Bishop is just trying to avoid opening a big can of worms. Anyway, good move, and another indication the Hamas is all about terrorism and antisemitism. If only the rest of the world would open their eyes.