My Mideast Punchlines: money for nothing ……

Al-Monitor reports that the European Union will stop financing the salaries of Palestinian Authority employees in Gaza — civil servants paid to stay at home while Hamas administers the Strip.

A Palestinian finance official in Ramallah, who declined to be named, told Al-Monitor, “There are up to 175,000 civil servants to which the PA pays $170 million per month, including 55,000 civil servants in Gaza receiving $41 million per month. The PA had demanded that its civil servants in Gaza not punch the clock in the summer of 2007, after Hamas took over Gaza. Since then, they have been paid although they do not work. We still don’t know so far how this new 30 million euro deficit will be covered, despite the austerity measures, suspension of bonuses and government expenditure reduction.”

Last year, the Jerusalem Post reported that the separate Hamas-run civil service of around 43,000 people was funded by Qatar, and that Hamas demanded its employees incorporated into the PA payroll in reconciliation talks with Fatah.

biffWith apologies to Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits (although I’m sure he wouldn’t mind). Here’s the link for the youtube version. Just use the lyrics below (the politically-incorrect use of the word ‘faggot’ is Knopfler’s) when you’re singing along to this great pop classic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTP2RUD_cL0

Now look at them yo-yo’s that’s the way you do it

You play the oud on the Gaza TV

That ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it

Money for nothing and the bucks for free

Now that ain’t working that’s the way you do it

Lemme tell you them guys ain’t dumb

Maybe get a blister on their little finger

Maybe get a blister on their thumb.

 

We gotta install microwave ovens

Custom kitchen deliveries

We gotta move these refrigerators

We gotta move these colour TVs.

 

See the terrorist leader with that long black beard

Yeah buddy that’s his own hair

That little faggot got his own jet airplane

That little faggot he’s a millionaire

 

We gotta install microwave ovens

Custom kitchen deliveries

We gotta move these refrigerators

We gotta move these colour TVs

 

I shoulda learned to play the oud

I shoulda played them tablah drums

Look at that mother, he got it stickin’ in the camera

Man we should have some fun

And he’s up there, what’s that? Muezzin noises?

Bangin’ on the tablahs like a chimpanzee

That ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it

Get your money for nothin’ get your bucks for free.

 

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