The U.K. government denied claims that it is funding the salaries of Palestinian terrorists, the British Jewish News site reported on Sunday.
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Following a report in the Mail on Sunday that claims British foreign aid that goes out to the Palestinian Authority also ends up in payments the PLO makes to terrorists and their families, the Jewish News said that Department for International Development officials denied the allegations, calling them "incorrect."
“This allegation is simply incorrect. We have extensive precautions in place to ensure that U.K. money does not support terror groups or organizations,” a government spokeswoman was quoted as saying.
“U.K. aid is spent where it is most needed and is subject to rigorous internal and external checks and scrutiny at all stages," it further quoted a spokeswoman as saying.
The Mail on Sunday noted that the links between British aid and PA payments to terrorists and their families continue despite assertions that they have been stopped, adding that this was confirmed to the newspaper by former prisoners and families that received the money, as well as by official PA statements.
It also took particular issue with what it termed the extravagant and costly "palace" PA President Mahmoud Abbas is having built despite the fact that his government relies heavily on foreign aid for its survival.