The Palestinian Authority criticized Iran for comments made by its parliament international advisor, who said Iran would send funds to Palestinians families through its own channels rather than through the PA, Maan reports.
Hussein Sheikh al-Islam was quoted by website al-Resalah as saying that “experience has proven that the [Palestinian] Authority is not reliable, so Tehran will send the money in its own way. Unfortunately, donations that were sent to the Authority did not reach the right people,” al-Islam said.
Palestinian Presidency Spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said it would have been better for Iran to officially transfer the funds to the PA’s organizations, instead of sending them through “twisted ways and illegitimate means.”
Abu Rudeineh said the Iranian official’s comments were “unacceptable,” and that they did not help the Palestinian struggle against the Israeli occupation or its ability to preserve holy sites.