According to ANSAmed:
PNA: EU Provides 36mln Euro to Palestinian Public Service- - - - - - - - -
BRUSSELS, MARCH 12 — Seventy-four thousand Palestinian public service providers and pensioners were to receive over 36 million euro, through the new European mechanism for support to the Palestinians (PEGASE), the EU Technical Assistance Office to the West Bank and Gaza Strip announced.
The PEGASE contribution will be added to this month’s payment of salaries and pensions by the Palestinian Ministry of Finance.
Funds for this payment are made available by the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the European Commission in addition to contributions from Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway and Spain. PEGASE channels EU and international assistance to help build a Palestinian State.
Launched by the European Commission on 1 February 2008, it is the main financing mechanism of the EU, the largest donor to the Palestinians.(ANSAmed).
€36M divided among 74,000 people comes to roughly €480 per recipient, or about $753 at current exchange rates. This assumes, of course, that none of the booty is being skimmed off by various bureaucrats for “administration costs” à la Oil-for-Food.
Depending on the interpretation of the wording in the ANSAmed article, this might actually be a monthly payment. That’s a pretty generous stipend being taxed from the people of Europe without their consent, in order to reward the Palestinians for… well, for killing each other and as many Israelis as possible.
Oh, yes, and for being Muslims.
Can any of our European readers shed light on how generous a €480-per-month pension would be considered by Europeans standards? How much does a retired pensioner in, say, Sweden or Portugal get from the government every month?
Hat tip: insubria.