Lifestyles of the Rich and Infamous


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Mohammed Mustafa is apparently an incredibly talented fellow because he earns over 400,000 dollars a year from his position at PIF. Mustafa is also Chairman of the Board at Wataniya Mobile, the Amaar Real Estate Group, which is actually a subsidiary that oversees PIF’s real estate holdings, and the Palestine Commercial Services Company. The PCSC, the economic arm of the PA, formerly run by Mohammed Rashid, is part of the ring of monopolies on basic services that fuels the Authority’s cash machine.

Hamas, supposedly elected as a response to Palestinian Authority corruption, is no different than its Fatah counterparts. A Palestinian Authority Minister accused it of stealing 800 million dollars and creating an electricity crisis by charging Gazan Arabs for electricity, but not paying the suppliers, while pocketing the money.  Such crises manufactured by malfeasance and corruption are blamed on Israel, with extensive media coverage of Muslims in Gaza sitting in the dark. This leads to more humanitarian assistance, which leads to more corruption, and the cycle goes on.

The nation building aid is the source of much of the corruption. American and European efforts to build up local companies end up financing the empires of well-connected Palestinian Authority officials and their kin. Companies like Falcon Holding Group and Sky Advertising, run by Abbas’ sons, pick up USAID contracts and turn a profit. Yasser Mahmoud Abbas, Abbas’ older son, who has a number of profitable businesses, is also his chosen successor.

Studying the ideological differences among Islamic terrorist groups like Fatah and Hamas often blinds us to the more prosaic realities of their operations. Fatah and Hamas are a lot like the Mafia. They seize control of a territory through violence and then dole out profitable business monopolies to major families. These businesses are either completely controlled by family members and organization members, or pay kickbacks to them in exchange for being allowed to do business.

These families form a loose confederation with their own complicated network of alliances, whose members often fight among themselves over business monopolies and control of certain territories. Rashid and Dahlan fighting with Abbas and Mustafa is no different than Fatah and Hamas fighting each other. Behind all the rhetoric, they want control of revenues from businesses and territories.

The business of the Palestinian Authority is foreign aid. America and Europe send the Palestinian Authority money so that it will make peace with Israel. The Muslim world sends it money to make war on Israel. And Arafat and Abbas have done their best to give Westerners and Muslims what they want, occasionally showing up for negotiations, while continuing to engage in terrorism.

The thieves and criminals of the Palestinian Authority cannot make peace or total war, because that would alienate one set of donors. To keep the money coming in, the dollars, euros, dirhams and riyals that fund their companies, allowing them to maintain their monopolies and pay their militias, they have to maintain a balance between war and peace, without completely foreclosing either option. The Palestinian Authority has been playing this game for almost twenty years now, and its leaders have gotten very rich doing it.

In the big picture, the only thing that the Palestine Liberation Organization ever liberated is billions of dollars of aid money into its own pockets.

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  • truebearing

    No wonder Obama is on their side. He and his cronies work the same way. And then they blame all of the problems on those who sincerely seek solutions.

    The cynical irony of the so-called Palestinian Movement is that were Israel to disappear tomorrow, they would have no source of money or any purpose. The industry of hate must have a target. Without Israel as a focus for their hate, they'd be destroying themselves in an endless civil war.

  • truebearing

    No wonder Obama is on their side. He and his cronies work the same way. And then they blame all of the problems on those who sincerely seek solutions.

    The cynical irony of the so-called Palestinian Movement is that were Israel to disappear tomorrow, they would have no source of money or any purpose. The industry of hate must have a target. Without Israel as a focus for their hate, they'd be destroying themselves in an endless civil war.

  • Larry

    Not surprised that they operate like the Mafia, after all, the Mafia learnt their business from the arabs when Sicily was under muslim rule. Tribal shakedown is the name of the game, and it's the only game they know and play.

  • Bamaguje

    So while Palestinian leaders sold the dummy of 72 virgins in Islam's brothel paradise to their mindless jihadi suicide bombers, they (Palestinian leaders) were living up their own paradise here on earth…at the expense of their fellow Palestinians.
    In essence, the Palestinian 'struggle' is a very lucrative scam for the benefit of their supposed leaders.
    Liitle wonder they don't really want peace which would expose and end their thievery.

  • Linda Rivera

    An inferior, IMMORAL health care plan that NO ONE wants and CANNOT afford to pay. The threat to jail and/or fine those who don't purchase the government enforced plan.

    Massive spending as if there is no tomorrow. Fighting wars we have no money for. Massive borrowing.

    The Massive giving away of Billions of dollars every year to other countries, including the OIL-WEALTHY Middle East, Hamas-controlled Gaza and the Palestinian Authority organization who fill their war chests, build mansions and LAUGH all the way to the bank with FREE infidel money. Whilst in America, homeless shelters are filled to capacity; tent cities have sprung up all over the U.S. filled with desperate, jobless, homeless Americans.

    Massive debt. The massive printing of paper money out of thin air to DELIBERATELY create out-of-control inflation. There is no question that the total DESTRUCTION of America's economy is planned. The results will be horrifying. In the once wealthy and great nation of America, millions of Americans will become destitute, hungry and homeless with no money or resources to help them.

  • Linda Rivera

    Not one more infidel dollar to the PLO/Palestinian Authority Occupation Forces Muslim terrorist organization!

    Return every dollar back to American taxpayers now! Why was even one infidel dollar ever immorally given to a Muslim terrorist organization? What a wicked crime and injustice to non-Muslims.

  • Linda Rivera

    If you are a Muslim terrorist organization fighting against Jews and Israel, you will end up being very rich, indeed. America, Britain Europe, and other countries' leaders will almost fall over themselves in a rush to give the Muslim terrorists mega money to fight Jews.

  • poetcomic1

    Gangsters, pure and simple.

  • stern

    Scholomotion, where are you? Nothing to say, as usual, but for once, no attempt to prove it with a wordy, hate-filled screed? Have you finally been silenced by the truth?

  • Drakken

    Can't wait until Israel tires of this nonsense and gives Gaza a Carthage and it will be a lesson to those savages in the West Bank.

  • Stuart Parsons

    These Palestinian gentlemen are merely taking their share of the booty and ransoms as permitted by Allah and his much beloved Prophet and Messenger. Oh you naughty infidels. Fancy suggesting that the followers of the one true religion would act in an improper way. Come the Day of Judgement Allah will make you suffer for uttering such libels against the faithful.

  • Zemplar

    Greenfield, you Infidel! May Allah’s sword strike you down! Insha’Allah, it will

    Or words to that effect, you, ahem, understand…

  • vinni gambini

    Palestinian state decoded is a bamboozle. The worlds largest, longest running skimming scam. The founding mob boss Arafat, modern architect of terror, never investigated, never charged, died of aids in '04 with an estate OVER $1.2Billion. Never a businessman, inventor, manufacturer, retailer, artist how did he get this much money?
    Simply. This so called Palestinian Statehood scheme panders to many and all partners and players. The 'aid' contributions are never properly audited and reconciled. The contributors never demand it either- quite telling. Yet the people get barely nothing, except for U.N. Food aid.