Palestinians want to create new foreign aid fund

The Palestinians want to establish a new fund that would allow donor countries to send them aid while formally maintaining their boycott of the Palestinian unity government, a senior official said Wednesday. Under the arrangement, foreign aid could be sent to the PLO, in which Hamas is not represented. The Palestinian government, a coalition of Hamas and the Fatah movement of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, could then draw money from the PLO account. The idea was proposed by Palestinian Finance Minister Salam Fayyad, who also heads the financial department of the PLO. The Palestinian Cabinet has approved the idea, Palestinian Information Minister Mustafa Barghouti said Wednesday.