How Come No One Wants to Help Gaza? (STONEGATE INSTITUTE) by Khaled Abu Toameh 02/21/12)
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Who is stopping the Palestinians from turning the Gaza Strip into the
Middle East´s Hong Kong? Is it Israel, the Palestinians themselves or
the Arab countries?
In the past few weeks, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh has
visited a number of Arab and Islamic countries in a bid to secure
financial aid for "rebuilding" the Gaza Strip.
Haniyeh returned to the Gaza Strip this week with a suitcase full of
promises from Iran, Qatar, Sudan, Bahrain and the United Arab
Emirates to help the Palestinian residents of the Gaza Strip.
Some of the Arab countries promised to provide cement and
construction material, whiles others pledged to fund various economic
and housing projects there.
But the Palestinians have become used to empty promises from the Arab
and Islamic countries.
In the past, the Arab League promised $4 billion in aid to the
residents of the Gaza Strip. However, Palestinians say that so far
they have seen almost nothing from the Arab and Islamic countries.
Earlier this year, Hamas accused the Palestinian Authority of laying
its hands on a few million dollars that were donated by some Arab and
Islamic countries for helping the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The
Palestinian Authority has denied the charge.
Of course it is easy to blame Israel for the ongoing crisis in the
Gaza Strip; that is exactly what Hamas, the Palestinian Authority and
the rest of the Arab and Islamic countries have been doing.
Israel alone , they say, is to blame for everything that goes wrong
in the Gaza Strip. If there is a problem of drugs in the Gaza Strip,
it must be the Israelis who are behind it.
And when there is no electricity in the Gaza Strip, both Hamas and
the Palestinian Authority often rush to blame Israel for the crisis.
But the Palestinian Center for Human Rights announced this week that
Palestinians -- not Israel -- were to blame for the electricity
The human rights group pointed out that Hamas announced that the
operation of the Gaza Energy Plant was stopped because it ran out of
Until recently, the fuel used to be smuggled from Egypt through
underground tunnels. Before that, the fuel was bought from Israel,
and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank used to cover the
costs. But because of the dispute between Hamas and Fatah, the
Palestinian Authority stopped its contribution.
Palestinian Authority officials have accused Hamas of stealing the
fuel for its own institutions and vehicles.
So if anyone is to blame for the fact that hundreds of thousands of
Palestinians have been left without electricity it´s both Hamas and
Also, when there´s a shortage of medicine in the Gaza Strip, Hamas
usually hold the Palestinian Authority responsible for failing to
deliver them to the Gaza Strip.
When Israel left the Gaza Strip back in 2005, the Palestinians had
the opportunity to turn the coastal area into the Arab world´s
Everyone, including Israel and Jews living in the US and Canada, was
prepared to help the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. But the
Palestinians chose instead to turn the Gaza Strip into a center for
These groups have since brought nothing but death and destruction to
the residents of the Gaza Strip. Today, the Gaza Strip is counting to
march backward. Backed by many Palestinians, the radicals continue to
call the shots, and there is no hope for the emergence of moderate
forces in the foreseeable future.
That is the main reason the Arabs and Muslims are not eager to
transfer billions of dollars to the Gaza Strip. They know that money
will go to purchasing missiles and ammunition there instead of
building new schools and hospitals.
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