cut off aid to hamas-led PA. I did NOT see that coming.
From HAARETZ article on Hamas starting its term www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/700257.html
Canada said it was also suspending assistance to the PA because the new government refuses to renounce violence and recognize Israel.
Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay said in a statement that Canada therefore had no choice but to suspend assistance and decline any contact with the new cabinet.
"The stated platform of this government has not addressed the concerns raised by Canada and others concerning nonviolence, the recognition of Israel, and acceptance of previous agreements and obligations, including the road map for peace," MacKay said. "As a result, Canada will have no contact with the members of the Hamas cabinet and is suspending assistance to the Palestinian Authority."
Canada, like the United States, Europe and Israel, considers Hamas a terrorist organization.
Ottawa has said, however, the Palestinian people should not be penalized over the actions of the group and currently provides some 25 million Canadian dollars ($22 million) in annual humanitarian aid through various United Nations and non-governmental agencies.
"A clear commitment by the Hamas government to the principles that we and the international community have outlined remains an essential precondition for Canada to resume any assistance to the Palestinian Authority," MacKay said.
With Hamas at the helm, the Palestinian Authority faces a crippling international economic boycott.
"With Hamas taking over now, you can't have business as usual," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev.
I'm lookin' for a nice Jewish virgin...............ian
Sweet Fancy Moses..........