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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Where did all the money go? 40% of Gazans have no running water

With all the hundreds of millions of dollars in international aid that's been thrown at them over the last fifteen years, you would think that the 'Palestinians' would at least have the basic necessities of life, even if they're not living in the lap of luxury. You'd be wrong. Haaretz reports today that 40% of Gazans lack running water - at least if the 'Palestinian Water Authority' is to be believed. Of course, that's Israel's fault. You see, the reason they lack running water is that Israel stopped delivering fuel and therefore they stopped running their electric plant, which is needed to pump the water. And why are the 'Palestinians' still pumping water to rooftop tanks after hundreds of millions of dollars of aid money? One place to look might be the homes in which their 'leaders' live. Here's the kitchen of Hamas' Ismail Haniyeh during last summer's civil war. Looks kind of small, doesn't it?

And here's the entry hall of Rashid Abu Shbak, a prominent 'Fatah activist' in Gaza until he was thrown out last June:

Then there are the 'important' expenses like weapons and ammunition and Yasser Arafat's permanent home in the afterlife:

That's why despite hundreds of millions of dollars in international aid you end up with garbage disposal like this:

and a water supply that needs to be pumped electrically to rooftop tanks rather than just being able to turn on a faucet.

P.S. Hamas had more than enough electricity to keep the water running anyway. Cutting off the power is all a publicity stunt.


At 7:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Water is basic requirement of the human being. Provide the clean water to the people is the duty of the government. Failing to give the clean water even after got the hundreds of millions of dollars in international aid was something irresponsible and unforgivable.
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At 9:13 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Carl - that means $7 billion in international assistance will probably be wasted. The Palestinians are living in the Third World alongside a First World economy and they can't even build and maintain decent water and sewer infrastructure!

Yet we're supposed to believe they'll build a functioning reichlet when they can't even provide for themselves the essential necessities of life? Yeah, right.


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