Hamas rearming, Israel paying for it
This is simply beyond belief. Hamas is rearming after losing thousands of rockets during Operation Pillar of Defense. And Israel is paying for it
Sunday, a truck filled with money was delivered to Gaza from Israel.
That a large vehicle was needed for the transport was already a given.
Not only does $13.5 million in cash take up a lot of space, but the
procedure itself has been going on monthly for years.
The earmark for the
dollars is the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine
Refugees in the Near East. To be more specific, it is supposed to cover
the salaries of the UNRWA employees stationed in Gaza. This is in spite
of two facts: that Gaza is run by Hamas, a terrorist organization whose
stated aim is to destroy the Jewish state; and that UNRWA never misses
an opportunity to blame Israel for the plight of the residents used as
human shields by their leaders.
should it shock anyone to discover that large portions of the monthly
millions Israel keeps providing UNRWA is appropriated by Hamas, through
taxation and other means, for the purchase and smuggling of weapons —
among them long-range Iranian rockets that reached Tel Aviv and
Jerusalem last week — and for the upkeep of the terrorist
Far more mind-boggling
is Israel’s enabling of this through financing. This is why the Israel
Law Center, through its attorney, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, sent a
three-page letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday,
demanding that he put a stop to the illegal practice of funding terror.
According to Darshan-Leitner, with whom I spoke Monday evening, the
government is fully aware that much of the monthly millions that Israel
sends into Gaza is being used for pernicious purposes.
Where the penal code is
concerned, the only condition under which the transfer of funds for
terrorism does not require a seven-year jail sentence and a heavy fine
is if it is approved by the finance minister, after consultation with
the ministers of defense and internal security.
For this reason, one of
the clauses of the letter reads as follows: “My clients wonder whether
Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz approved the cash transfer. If no such
approval was given, this is a very serious matter, since the transfer of
cash without approval constitutes a criminal offense. If, however, such
approval was given, it is even more serious, since this would mean that
Finance Minister Steinitz gave written permission for the transfer of
funds which you and your government know very well is being used (in
part) by Hamas for the purchase of rockets fired at Israeli civilians.
It is important to stress that even if approval was granted by the
finance minister for the transfer of cash to Gaza, nevertheless, this
action is liable to expose those involved to criminal and civil
proceedings brought by victims of terrorism, including in U.S. courts.”
The letter goes on to
suggest alternative ways for money to go to residents of Gaza — “though
Israel has no obligation to do so” — that entail a prohibition on the
funds exiting the Gaza Strip. This could be done, according to
Darshan-Leitner, by stamping the cash in such a way as to make it
non-transferable to banks outside Gaza.
As of the posting of
this piece, there has been no response to the letter. But this is not
the first time such appeals have been made to the Netanyahu government,
indicating that this one will not have immediate impact.
What could go wrong?
Labels: Gaza, Hamas rockets, UNRWA