Aid to the Palestinian Authority… what are we funding exactly?

Yesterday we learned that Obama had pledged $400 million to the Palestinian Authority:

Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud ‘Abbas came away from Wednesday’s White House meeting with an additional $400 million in U.S. aid for projects in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. President Obama used the occasion to reiterate his insistence that Israel conduct an investigation into the Gaza flotilla affair with international oversight and to call for increased assistance to the people of Gaza. He called the situation there “unsustainable.” A White House statement described the $400 million as “a down-payment on the United States’ commitment to Palestinians in Gaza, who deserve a better life and expanded opportunities, and the chance to take part in building a viable, independent state of Palestine, together with those who live in the West Bank.” ‘Abbas denied his government is involved in incitement against Israel, an issue that has been of keen concern to the Israelis who point to the naming of streets and public squares in honor of notorious terrorists who killed Israeli civilians. In his opening remarks, President Obama admonished that he “was very frank with President Abbas that we have to continue to make more progress on both security as well as incitement issues.” In his statement following the President’s, ‘Abbas said, “I say in front of you, Mr. President, that we have nothing to do with incitement against Israel, and we’re not doing that.”

It’s no secret that Bush had also given large sums of dough to the Palestinians so conservatives need to keep that in mind when Obama is criticized for now doing the same.

But what is it that we’re funding?

Via Sense of Events, we find this Dance to Peace produced by the Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Culture:

The lyrics, via Palestinian Media Watch, follow:

“From my wounds, my weapon has emerged.
Oh, our revolution, my weapon has emerged.
There is no force in the world that can remove the weapon from my hand.
My weapon has emerged.
My weapon has emerged.
This revolutionary people has sacrificed and offered in order to live in freedom!
My weapon has emerged.
My weapon has emerged.
He who offers his blood doesn’t care if his blood flows upon the ground.
As the weapon of the revolution is in my hand, so my presence will be forced [upon Israel].
My weapon has emerged.
My weapon has emerged.”

More video items of interest can be found at the bottom of this page.

Which begs the question once again, what exactly are we funding?

Crossposted at Brutally Honest.

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