This stark graph from Mere Rhetoric shows that homicides in the West Bank and Gaza closely follow the amount of international aid flowing to Palestinians, adjusted for a one-year lag.
We found this CAMERA study through a Minneapolis economics blogger named Captain Capitalism. It looks at what happens to the number of people Palestinians murder in the year after an increase or decrease in aid. Hmm:
Every time aid increases, homicides increase. Every time it decreases, homicides decrease. There’s a not uncompelling theory about how cultures degenerate into corruption and depravity when they have to rely on outsiders to literally feed and clothe them. That explains some of what’s going on, but it isn’t enough to explain such a strong and consistent correlation.
(Hat tip: Seraphic Secret)