Part of the money is earmarked to fight “extremism” — although how this will be spent will be interesting, given that the British authorities have no clue about what exactly constitutes “extremism,” and are failing miserably at countering it in Britain itself. “Britain to send Â£50m to Palestine,” by Donald Macintyre in The Independent, December 28 (thanks to Weasel Zippers):
Britain yesterday marked the first anniversary of Israel’s military onslaught on Gaza by announcing a Â£50m aid package for Palestinians, including backing for what it called “a drive against extremism” among the territory’s young people.
The move came 24 hours after Israeli forces killed six Palestinians – three of them Gaza civilians – in one of the conflict’s deadliest days since the three-week offensive that began with massive aerial bombing of Hamas targets a year ago yesterday….
Once again the mainstream media fails to note how Hamas launches attacks from civilian areas in order to draw retaliatory fire it can portray as wanton targeting of civilians.
The British aid is in part intended to alleviate that crisis. The bulk of the money will go to budget support for the moderate-led Palestinian Authority (PA) in Ramallah. But Â£7m has been earmarked to help war-stricken Gazans in the winter. Another Â£5m will pay for 562 teachers in UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) schools in the area….