Letter to the Clerk, from the Parliamentary
Relations and Devolution Team
During Peter Gooderham's appearance before the
Committee on 28 February, you asked him about aid given to the
Palestinians by Arab and Muslim States. Unfortunately, we do not
have a definitive figure for this aid, as these States often do
not publish accounts detailing bilateral funding. Arab and Muslim
States also provide indirect funding for the Occupied Palestinian
Territories (OPTs). For example, many Arab and Muslim States provide
large donations to the Islamic Red Crescent, which in turn carries
out projects in the OPTs. To add to the lack of clarity, the Palestinian
Authority did not publish a budget in 2006. However, some information
Since Peter Gooderham gave evidence to the FAC,
we have received data from the Hamas-led Ministry of Finance on
its sources of funding during 2006. The MoF reports that they
received: $51.9 million from Saudi Arabia; $20 million from the
UAE; $14.3 from Qatar; $6.6 million from Oman; $34.9 million from
Algeria; and $28.9 million from Kuwait. They also received a further
$215 million from the Arab League.
This is not the full amount given during 2006.
For example, at the 3rd International Conference on Jerusalem
and Support for the Rights of the Palestinian People, which took
place in Tehran on 15 / 16 April, Iran pledged $50 million to
the "Palestinian people". This was not mentioned in
the official Ministry of Finance figures. There have also been
reports of various other flows of funds.
I hope you find this information helpful.
Parliamentary Relations and Devolution Team
9 March 2007