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January 06, 2003

Victimological Accounting

Max Boot's latest, fine article for The Weekly Standard, which explores the various manipulations of the Palestinian cause, provides some revelatory economic analysis of the conflict:

More than 1.1 million Palestinians are jammed into 59 refugee camps whose support comes mainly from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency and other international bodies. As former U.S. ambassador to Morocco Marc Ginsberg points out, all the Arab states combined donate less than $7 million to UNRWA, just 2.4 percent of its $290 million budget. (Kuwait, Egypt, Libya, Oman, Qatar, Iraq, and the United Arab Emirates collectively contribute a grand total of zero.) By contrast, the Great Satan forks over $110 million, or 38 percent of UNRWA's budget. The Arabs prefer to spend their money to support Palestinian suicide bombers."
This further delegitimizes the ubiquitous Funding Canard, which states that America disproportionately funds Israel in relation to other Middle Eastern states (e.g., Egypt's $2 billion per annum), and more pointedly the Palestinians themselves. (For a further rebuttal to the latter claim, click here.)

I wonder if Thomas Stauffer factored American funding of the UNRWA camps into his recent upping of the ante.

Crossposted at Fightin' with Grabes.