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April 2, 2004
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A Palestinian Authority commander allegedly pocketed millions of dollars meant for the group’s security forces. General Haj Ismail Jabber, who commands the P.A.’s national security force, allegedly took monthly salaries of $300-$400 each for 7,000 fictitious troops, amounting to some $2 million monthly, payroll documents reveal, according to the Israeli daily Ha’aretz. He allegedly earned another $500,000 a month by manipulating the exchange rate on the transfers. The Palestinian Authority and its president, Yasser Arafat, have come under pressure from European donor countries to make their finances transparent.

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