. . . And still they won’t tell us if £125m goes to ter­ror­ists

The Mail on Sunday - - News -

THE Gov­ern­ment has been ac­cused of a cover-up over whether for­eign aid money is fund­ing Pales­tinian ter­ror­ism.

DFID has al­ways de­nied that tax­pay­ers’ cash go­ing to the Pales­tine Au­thor­ity is be­ing used to sup­port ter­ror­ists or their fam­i­lies.

But of­fi­cials have now re­fused to re­lease de­tails of spend­ing there be­tween 2010 and 2015, say­ing it could prej­u­dice Bri­tain’s re­la­tions in the re­gion.

Jonathan Turner, of UK Lawyers For Is­rael, said: ‘This is the lat­est in a long line of con­ceal­ment, eva­sion and fal­sity from DFID.’

The de­part­ment is set to sup­port the Pales­tine Au­thor­ity with £125.5 mil­lion of fund­ing be­tween 2017 and 2021.

A Mail on Sun­day in­ves­ti­ga­tion in 2016 re­vealed that thou­sands of Pales­tinian ter­ror­ists were get­ting cash hand­outs from Bri­tish aid money.

A DFID spokesman said last night: ‘No UK aid is used for pay­ments to Pales­tinian pris­on­ers or their fam­i­lies. DFID con­sis­tently re­views and strength­ens its safe­guards to en­sure that our fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to the PA does not get into the hands of ter­ror­ists.’

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