Holland slashes funds to Palestinian Authority
Amsterdam, Netherlands: The parliament in Holland has slashed aid and funds to Palestinian Authority (PA) claiming that funds are being utilized for the wellbeing of those who are considered as terrorists by Israel.
“The parliament asserts that since 2011, the Palestinian Authority transfers money to Palestinian convicts in Israeli prisons so funds have a negative effect, in which criminality and terrorism are rewarded.
The lawmakers intend to review budgets submitted by the PA to determine where the funds are going, in advance of approving the transfer of funds.
The Dutch House of Representatives also asked its government to convey its views to the full European Union about the use of European aid money to reward terrorists. The Dutch Senate still has to vote on the measure.
It may be mentioned that in February of this year, the PA announced it would be providing an addition $46 million a year to prisoners who had been released by Israel.
The House of Representatives (Dutch: Tweede Kamer der Staten-Generaal literally, Second Chamber) is the lower house of the bicameral parliament of the Netherlands, the States General, the other one being the Senate. It has 150 seats which are filled through elections using a party-list proportional representation. It sits in the Binnenhof in The Hague.