The next time the 'Palestinian Authority' asks for money, tell them to ask Hamas
The next time the 'Palestinian Authority' comes to the 'international community' and to Israel to schnorr, they ought to be told to go ask Hamas for money. Hamas? The poor Islamists who run the Gaza Strip? Yes, Hamas. The group that makes $1 million per day on 'taxes'
collected from tunnels through which goods are smuggled from Egypt.
Hamas is making at least a million dollars a day in “tax” money from
Gaza smugglers, a senior IDF officer said Monday. Colonel Wael Tafesh,
who is a top IDF officer in the IDF's coordination unit with the
Palestinian Authority, said that Hamas provided “protection” to
smugglers and collected payments for the service, and often used the
smugglers to order goods for their own use.
According to Wafesh, Hamas is in full
control of what goes in and comes out of the smuggling tunnels. News
reports and PA officials have sought to paint Hamas as unable to cope
with the “wily” smugglers who were able to operate under the radar, but
speaking to Israel Radio, Wafesh said that Hamas knew the smugglers,
what goods they brought into Gaza, how much they were worth, and how
much tax money smugglers could afford.
Among the goods smuggled are food,
agricultural products, electronics, machines, building supplies, and a
long list of items that the IDF had banned from bringing into Gaza out
of fear that they could be used to build weapons. As it turns out, that
fear is probably unfounded, said Tafesh – because smugglers were just
importing the weapons themselves now. The weapons have their source in
Libya, as well as Iran.
Many stolen cars are brought into Gaza via
the smuggling tunnels daily as well, Tafesh said. There are hundreds of
tunnels under the Gaza border with Sinai, of all shapes and sizes, he
And you thought they were suffering, didn't you?
Labels: Gaza plenty, Hamas, smuggling tunnels, taxation