Friday, September 4, 2015
'Your tax Dollars at work' - Palestinian leadership misappropriated over $31BN over the past 21 years.
'Your tax Dollars at work' - Palestinian leadership misappropriated over $31BN over the past 21 years. (TOI).
Documents leaked online detailing two attempts by Palestinian officials to misuse public funds have triggered outrage, highlighting the corruption and mismanagement critics say remains rampant in the Palestinian government.
The furor over the documents comes as the Palestinian economy is stagnating and Palestinians grow increasingly displeased with government services. Palestinian Authority officials have defended their record on stamping out corruption, saying they’ve recovered millions of dollars in misspent funds.
The Palestinian parliament, which has limited oversight powers, has been defunct since Hamas’ 2007 ouster of Abbas’ government in Gaza.
Rafeq Natsheh, who heads the Palestinian anti-corruption commission, said that the body is fighting against graft and has recovered millions of stolen dollars. But for Palestinians, the leaked documents only reinforced perceptions that their government remains tainted.
“We need to see the real picture which is much bigger than the fees of Muhanna’s daughter,” Rami Mehdawi, a columnist for the Palestinian al-Ayam newspaper, wrote on Facebook. “The entire Palestinian system needs to be addressed and reformed to clean up the rampant corruption, mismanagement and nepotism.” Read the full story here.