PA Officials Rack Up Huge 5-Star-Hotel Bill

This while their people complain of starving.

Riyad al-Malki, looking the way he might when trying to explain how he could have spent so much on a hotel stay

With the US announcing cuts in aid money to the Palestinians, one might think the Palestinian Authority would try to cut expenses, but an invoice from a hotel stay by top Palestinian officials this month indicates the exact opposite.

The document, obtained by The Jerusalem Post, shows that PA Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki and General Intelligence Service chief Majed Faraj, as well as two lower-level officials, stayed at the five-star Four Seasons Hotel in Baltimore, racking up a $14,250.20 bill, including room service and minibar purchases such as $42 on champagne, and a $4 Snickers bar.

The entire bill was covered by the PLO Delegation to the US.

The luxury hotel stay came not long after President Donald Trump said the US will no longer send aid money to Ramallah until the Palestinian leadership negotiates with Israel, and after the State Department cut $110 million of aid money to UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees and their descendants. The US is UNRWA’s largest donor. On Thursday, a dozen countries pledged a total of $100m. to UNRWA.

Among Faraj’s expenses was a $900 “miscellaneous charges” fee, plus several room service meals, including a $140.09 breakfast, and a late-night room service snack costing $91.31. He also raided the minibar, spending $32 on snacks in one day, including $8 each for some cashews and cookies, and racked up $120 in laundry charges.

Rayad Faraj, who works with Faraj in the PA intelligence sector, also ordered room service several times, including the $42 on champagne.

What’s the bet the $900 “miscellaneous charges” fee was for watching porn? (the $120 on laundry might reaffirm my suspicion).

As for the snacking, not sure it is wise for a guy who just had heart surgery. Then again, perhaps it was this kind of unhealthy living that got him there in the first place.

No word yet from Mahmoud Abbas – not that I expect him to condemn the overspending given the PA just purchased him a $50 million private jet, and he has a $6 million mansion.

This is all very infuriating – not that the palestinians will be declaring a day of rage over it. After all, everything must be Israel’s fault.


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

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