CBN News: PMW exposes that PA pays salaries of 60,000 civil servants who don't work
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According to a 2014 congressional report, the U.S. government has committed more than $5 billion to the Palestinian Authority since the mid-1990s. Yet the average Palestinian is still living in abject poverty.
In a video interview, obtained courtesy of Palestinian Media Watch, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas indicates where the money may have gone.
"Since [Hamas'] coup against the P.A. [in 2007] and until today, we've been transferring more than 50 percent of our [P.A.] budget to Gaza, including salaries to 60,000 to 70,000 [P.A.] civil servants who aren't working," Abbas says in the video.
"They are [in Gaza] and are receiving salaries. We pay them because they stopped working, and so Hamas appointed other people in their place," he added.
The video clip is part of a soon-to-be-released report from PMW on finances in the PA. The report quotes the Palestinian paper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, saying the average monthly salary for a P.A. civil servant as of 2011 is $795 per month.
According to those figures, those "60,000 P.A. workers receive $47 million a month -- not to work," PMW said.