The not-so-shocking details from the Jerusalem Post
Former Palestinian Authority chairman Yasser Arafat ordered millions of dollars, taken from international aid funds, tax money transferred by Israel and from Arab countries, to be used to purchase weapons and ammunition, it was revealed on Wednesday
These weapons were then provided to Palestinian terrorists from the Tanzim and al Aksa Martyrs’ Brigades.
The information came from the interrogation of Fuad Shubaki, the Palestinian official who was arrested by the IDF two months ago in a raid on the Jericho prison where he was held together with the assassins of former tourism minister Rehavam Ze’evi. Prior to his imprisonment, Shubaki served as the finance chief in the Palestinian security forces.
Shubaki estimated that some $7-10 million were used every two years to purchase arms for the Gaza Strip, and another $2 million were used to fund the West Bank weapons, the Prime Minister’s Office said. He added that when money was in short supply, then weapons purchases would be reduced.
He revealed that several senior Palestinian officials were involved in the allocation of the money to military purposes. Among them were, Jibril Rajoub, Amin al-Hindi, Rashid Abu Shabak and Ghazi Jibali, who all received payments for their part in the weapons purchases…