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“Cash-strapped” Abbas Spends Lavishly on Family, Cronies at World Cup

November 30, 2022

by: JNS

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Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas enters a UN Security Council

Tuesday, 29 November 2022 | Leaked Palestinian Authority [PA] documents about [PA President] Mahmoud Abbas, his entourage and his extended family’s participation in activities related to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar have once more revealed his priorities and the priorities of the Palestine Liberation Organization [PLO] and the PA.

According to a report by Palestinian Media Watch [PMW] on Monday, Abbas, the PA and the PLO have claimed that they have been in a severe financial crisis for almost a year. As a result, the PA has paid its employees (including terrorists) only 70–80% of their monthly salaries.

However, a document from the office of Abbas provides details on his grandchildren accompanying him to Qatar and the World Cup. Another document from Abbas’s office sent to the PLO Embassy in Qatar details Abbas’s entourage.

Amina, Abbas’s wife, is first on the list; Hussein al-Sheikh, the secretary general of the PLO Executive Committee, is second; Jibril Rajoub, president of the Palestinian Football Association is third; and Majed Faraj, head of the PA General Intelligence Service, is fourth. The 15th and 16th names are those of Abbas’s photographer and videographer, respectively. Others on the list include Abbas’s doctor, a nurse and the chiefs of his security detail.

A charge from the Ritz-Carlton for rooms for the “State of Palestine Delegation” shows an amount of US $79,478.02. Who stayed in these rooms is unknown.

The documents were published on the Facebook and Telegram pages of user aksaltyar on November 14, according to PMW.

Posted on November 30, 2022

Source: (This article was originally published by the Jewish News Syndicate on November 29, 2022. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: U.N. Photo/Evan Schneider/jns.org

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