Palestinian Authority: 1,700 Hamas Millionaires in Gaza

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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.

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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.

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  • wileyvet

    Who are the luxury hotels for. It’s not like they have a thriving tourism industry. When foreign terrorists come to town, the animals need Five Star accommodations, so they can relax whilst plotting the destruction of The Great Satan and the Zionist Entity. Haute cuisine, a dip in the pool, in room masseur, valet parking, free anti-Semitic newspapers outside your door, and a hotel laundry service to make sure your suicide vest is Arab Spring fresh. All the comforts a well heeled terrorist could ask for. I wonder if they have an Alladin Suite?

    • arturo

      UNRWA mukimuks have to stay somewhere; why bother, if there’s no swimming pool?
      They need to enjoy fine meals and booze with other European and Arab diplomats, and discuss the horrible conditions in gaza.

      • Sylvia

        If things were settled in Gaza there would be no UNRWA and a few less with millions. Anyone who speaks about them are inundated with accusations. They are ‘islamophobes’ or Zionist Arab haters and the list goes on.

        • arturo

          Without their magic “palestinians”, the UNRWA would have no reason to exist. There would be lots of Euro and Arab fatcats looking for work. It is in the best interest of the UNRWA to continue the conflict; it’s called “job security”.

          • Sylvia

            Too true.

  • Stefan Martin Fisher

    There maybe some millionaires as there are in most societies’ but that doesn’t stop the fact that Israel is occupying Palestinian land.The 1967 borders need to be honoured and International Law observed and respected by Israel.Please stop peddling hatred of the Palestinians in an attempt to justify illegal land occupations and stop confusing anti Zionism with anti Semitism.

    • Neil Cohen

      Who says its Palestinian land? The 1967 borders were not accepted by the PLO…FYI The land your referring to was called Israel for several thousand years and Philistines (now called Palestinians) were known to occupy Jordan and even forced there way into Jordan until they caused so much trouble there that they were forcibly removed by the Jordanians.

      Israel has a clear right to exist.

      Its cleaver to suggest this article is peddling hatred towards Palestinians but lets be clear Hamas and
      Fatah are terrorist organisations who want to wipe Jews off the face of the middle east and won’t ever settle with Gazza as they have already proven by repeatedly firing mortars, rockets and missiles at Israel every day whilst using there own children as human shields…

      Moreover you never see Israelis or Jews teaching and preaching hatred to Palestinians but you do see lots of +5 year old Palestinian kids on youtube holding mortars and machine guns swearing to kill all Jews and all Israelis!

    • Rumpledforeskin

      Then tell the hypocritcal Race Relations Act Brits to stop the centuries old hatred of Jews instead Mr Stefan Fisher. You can’t even go to a soccer game without hearing the words YIDS being applied to Spurs. . I experienced the hatred towardsf Jews as a child in 1950′s so don’t try to wriggle out of your dislike of Jews by calling yourself a respectable anti Zionist. Zionism was made a bad thing from the those French and Germans and their ilk that have persecuted Jews ever since the Dreyfuss trial and of course centuries prior to that. Go Google it since I don’t have anymore time or energy to deprogram you from your anti semitic/antiZionist brainwashing. Oh the book “Elders of Zion” was a plagiarism of a plagiarism.

    • LuisF_Mejia

      Mr Fisher, please read the entry from Shoshannahan and if you can refute it, please do so:

      “For all those who don’t know history:

      Gaza was controlled by Egypt before 1967. After the Six Day War, Israel tried to give it back to Egypt, which said, “no thanks – you deal with it.” So Israelis volunteered to move there and see if they could develop a reasonable living, which is what they did, including beautiful homes and communities built on the sand of Gaza (which the local Arabs there said was impossible). They even developed local industry, including hydroponic greenhouses for growing vegetables.

      In 2005, Israel forced 9000 Jews to leave Gaza, in order to give the Gazans a chance to build their “state” and government. Instead, they chose to use the billions of dollars GIVEN to them by donor nations to 1) line their leaders’ pockets and 2) purchase and build mortars, rockets & missiles to fire at Israeli territory. They also destroyed the greenhouses which had been handed to them free-of-charge, which could have provided them with a useful business and good income.

      Gaza was NOT “palestinian land” – it was Egyptian – Egypt doesn’t want it; Israel doesn’t want it. If Gazans would act like adults and stop firing missiles at Israel, hunker down and work to actually build something positive, Israel would even help. After all, we now send in hundreds (HUNDREDS) of trucks full of supplies every day to help them. Egypt could care less.

      By the way, Judaea & Samaria were NOT “palestinian land” prior to 1967 either. It was JORDAN which controlled that territory. But in the 1980s, King Hussein said he did not want anything else to do with that territory at all…”

    • WladekP

      MARTIN LUTHER KING ON ZIONISM
      “Letter to an Anti-Zionist Friend”
      “… You declare, my friend; that you do not hate the Jews, you are merely ‘anti-Zionist’. And I say, let the truth ring forth from the high mountain tops, let it echo through the valleys of G-D’s green earth: When people criticize Zionism, they mean Jews — this is G-D’s own truth.

      “Anti-Semitism, the hatred of the Jewish people, has been and remains a blot on the soul of mankind. In this we are in full agree-ment. So know also this: anti-Zionist is inherently anti-Semitic, and ever will be so.

    • Martin Rettig

      Israel should push them all into the sea and reclaim the gaza strip, then they need to push all the west bank clowns into Jordan and reclaim that land.

  • Stefan Martin Fisher

    I don’t know how any reasonable human being can peddle such islamaphobic attitudes and have a clear conscience.

    I would remind you that Islam, Christianity and Judaism are religions that come from the same root and worship the same God. In the UK we have the Race Relations Act and also this covers religious as well as racial and cultural hatred and ignorance.
    Hotels are for Tourism as and when Israel permits people to travel and for
    business to develop.

    • Just wondering

      Why this fetish for blaming Israel, Gaza has a border with Egypt, Arab/Muslim Egypt, so why do tourists have to go through Israel, they could go through Egypt. Oh, I forgot, Egypt also is having trouble with Gazans and so keeps closing the border there too. Who would want to tour Gaza when they keep picking fights with their neighbors.

    • mikep1738

      An irresponsible accusation of Islamophobia because nowhere does the accuser offer evidence for an unwarranted or irrational dislike of Islam.

  • shoshannah

    For all those who don’t know history:

    Gaza was controlled by Egypt before 1967. After the Six Day War, Israel tried to give it back to Egypt, which said, “no thanks – you deal with it.” So Israelis volunteered to move there and see if they could develop a reasonable living, which is what they did, including beautiful homes and communities built on the sand of Gaza (which the local Arabs there said was impossible). They even developed local industry, including hydroponic greenhouses for growing vegetables.

    In 2005, Israel forced 9000 Jews to leave Gaza, in order to give the Gazans a chance to build their “state” and government. Instead, they chose to use the billions of dollars GIVEN to them by donor nations to 1) line their leaders’ pockets and 2) purchase and build mortars, rockets & missiles to fire at Israeli territory. They also destroyed the greenhouses which had been handed to them free-of-charge, which could have provided them with a useful business and good income.

    Gaza was NOT “palestinian land” – it was Egyptian – Egypt doesn’t want it; Israel doesn’t want it. If Gazans would act like adults and stop firing missiles at Israel, hunker down and work to actually build something positive, Israel would even help. After all, we now send in hundreds (HUNDREDS) of trucks full of supplies every day to help them. Egypt could care less.

    By the way, Judaea & Samaria were NOT “palestinian land” prior to 1967 either. It was JORDAN which controlled that territory. But in the 1980s, King Hussein said he did not want anything else to do with that territory at all…

    • mikep1738

      Wrong. After the invasion by foreign Arab into former (non-Arab) Ottoman land legally allocated for the Jewish homeland, Judea, Samaria, and Gaza were Arab occupied Israeli territory.

      • shoshannah

        For that matter, we could say that the eastern side of the British Mandate to Govern Palestine continues to be illegally occupied by the Hashemites, since ALL of the area was allocated for a Jewish Homeland.

        On the other hand, modern Israelis did NOT reside in Gaza prior to the establishment of the State of Israel and certainly not between 1948 & 1967, when it was controlled by Egypt. THAT is what I was speaking to – obviously NOT to the idea that all of the area would be allocated to Israel or that the Balfour Declaration and subsequent “papers” would be accepted.