Attention, European do-gooders

By Miriam Shaviv
September 21, 2010

According to Abu Dhabi newspaper The National, this is what happens to European aid to Gaza:

According to Abu Musab, a top Islamic Jihad commander in the Rafah refugee camp, Hamas has failed at governance and resistance alike. “There’s no government in Gaza,” he said flatly. “We’re under Israeli and Hamas occupation."

“They are as big harami as Dahlan,” he said, using the Arabic slang for “thieves”. “They used to be mujaheddin, but today they are fat millionaires with nice cars,” he added, pointing to his flat stomach. “Look, you can either be a millionaire or you can lead a resistance. But you if you take the medical aid sent by Europe to help the poor people of Gaza and sell it in your own pharmacies to make money for yourself and the government, you can’t have both.”

At this point he pulled a packet of antibiotics from his pocket; it is stamped: “A gift of the people of Norway. Not for resale.”

“I just bought this from a Hamas-run pharmacy here in Rafah for my son,” he said. “I had to go to a Hamas pharmacy to make sure the pills weren’t fake or made from poor materials in Egypt. If you want real medicine, you have to buy the aid Europe sends us.”

The article, by The National's Beirut correspondent, also includes several comparisons between Hamas rule and Israeli rule, made by residents of Gaza. The Israelis are deemed very very bad, but better than Hamas. Read the whole thing here.



Tue, 09/21/2010 - 16:18

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Do you believe the Arab media only when it suits your ideology?


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People have been saying this for months. Why are the UNRWA silent about it? Probably because they know which side their bread is buttered.

This kind of thing annoys the hell out of me - brutal regimes like Hamas can get away with murder (quite literally) and journalists, NGOs etc keep quiet out of fear of reprisals. Israel, which is an open society with a free press, has all its faults, mistakes and wrongs plastered all over the world within seconds.

Why happened to Paul Martin? He went very quiet after his release.

The worst thing about it is that there are plenty of people that will excuse all of Hamas's evils and find some way to blame the "occupation" instead.


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