The Palestinian Authority, the world’s welfare state, is having another internecine feud between the Hamas militias which control Gaza and the Fatah militias which control the West Bank.
And Fatah, which controls the official Palestinian Authority apparatus thanks to Obama’s support, despite not actually doing the whole ‘elections’ thing, has let slip a little fact about life in horribly oppressed and besieged Gaza.
It’s full of welfare millionaires.
Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction went on the offensive Thursday, claiming that Hamas in Gaza is corrupt and “doesn’t represent the Palestinian people.”
The Fatah spokesman claimed that while Gaza is one of the poorest places in the world, there are 1,700 millionaires among Hamas members, hinting that the terror group imposes steep taxes on its citizens for goods entering from Egypt and Israel, and that this money finds its way into Hamas officials’ pockets.
That’s the number of millionaires in Hamas, not the total number of millionaires in Gaza. We still don’t know what the total number is.
A report in 2012 claimed that there were 600. There clearly are a lot more than that based on a statement from Fatah. It’s conceivable that the Fatah spokesman was including Hamas leaders living abroad, but that’s still too big a discrepancy. An unknown PA diplomat claimed that there were 1,200 millionaires in Gaza last year.
Considering that much of the economy in the West Bank and Gaza consists of foreign aid, black marketeering and corruption, there’s probably no way to be sure.
Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas, whose son lost his monopoly on imported cigarettes when Hamas took over Gaza, charged that, “800 millionaires and 1,600 near-millionaires control the tunnels at the expense of both Egyptian and Palestinian national interests.”
The Palestine Pulse claimed that the tunnels had created over 1,000 new millionaires. And that’s the tunnels alone, it doesn’t account for Gaza’s extensive construction industry, its luxury hotels and all the rest of it.
Meanwhile anti-Israel activists claim that Gaza is a concentration camp. Apparently it’s a concentration camp with luxury five-star hotels.