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Canada offers $66-million in economic aid to Palestine

PM Harper made the announcement Monday while in the West Bank

Prime Minister Harper
(Canadian Press)

Canada is offering new economic aid worth $66 million to the Palestinians.
    
Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the aid during a visit to the West Bank city of Ramallah Monday where he met with Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas.
    
The government says the money will help advance the peace process, promote security and deliver humanitarian assistance.
    
Since the signing of the Oslo peace accords in 1993 and the creation of the Palestinian Authority, Canada has provided more than $650 million in development assistance for the West Bank and Gaza.
    
Harper is on his first official visit to the Middle East and later today is slated to make history by becoming the first Canadian prime minister to address the Knesset _ Israel`s parliament.
    
He began his first full day in Israel with a visit to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. The ancient church is built over the grotto that many believe is the birthplace of Jesus Christ.
    
Yesterday, Harper and his wife, Laureen, were treated to an exceptionally warm welcome to Israel at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office.

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  1. Paul posted on 01/20/2014 06:20 AM
    I'd like to know how Harper plans to ensure that not one cent of this money won't end up paying for rockets or explosives strapped to a suicide bomber's chest, or even the hate schools that brainwash children to perpetuate the evil in this part of the world.
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 01/20/2014 12:44 PM
      @Paul I second that notion...

      The $66 million should have been given with a slew of strings attached. One of them being that the money should be going to what it is intended for- and for no other purpose.
  2. Frankie posted on 01/20/2014 09:19 AM
    The only mid-east country giving the Palestinians any money is Iran, and that's to fund terrorism. None of the super-rich Arab countries have given the Palestinians a dime, while the rest of the world, the UN, have been funding them.

    Arafat's widow should thank everyone for the $ 2 Billion she has thanks to money Yasser stole from his people.

    If there's ever peace and a Palestinian country the UN won't know what to do with themselves. They'd have to lay off thousands of staff and give up billions. They have no incentive for 2 states and peace.
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