The European Union wants to send investigators to Israel to interview Palestinians in Israeli prisons about allegations that the Palestinian Authority’s used European donations to fund militants.

The EU fraud investigation agency (OLAF) opened an investigation on the issue at the end of last year.

OLAF officials visited Israel at the beginning of 2004 and reviewed documents and testimony presented by the army and Shin Bet security service.

Most of those documents were seized during the army raid on Palestinian President Yasser Arafat’s Muqata compound in Ramallah in April 2002.

A request to interview prisoners was recently submitted to the Israeli National Security Council.

Israel is likely to allow the interviews.