Palestinians waste $3 billion in aid due to corruption by the Palestinian AuthorityBy Mason White 5:37 PM October 14, 2013
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By: Sarah Weiss
(Scroll down for video) Palestinians receive billion of dollars in aid, but apparently, no aid money actually makes its way to ordinary citizens, according to a new report by auditors.
An audit report said that the Palestinian Authority wasted $2.64 of its European aid because of corruption and mismanagement.
The report was published by the European Court of Auditors, which oversees aid sent to various countries.
The report said the European Union had little control over the money spent in the West Bank and Gaza, between 2008 and 2012.
European investigators said there were significant deficiencies in the management of the funds sent to the region. The auditors have complained about the lack of measures to mitigate corruption and funds are not used for their intended purpose.
On Friday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas blamed the Israeli occupation for its difficult economic situation.
Abbas said he doubted there would be funds to pay the November salaries of Palestinian Authority workers if international aid is not received.
In reality, he has no one to blame but himself.