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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Gaza's 600 millionaires

In the face of a United Nations report that Gaza will be 'unlivable' by 2020, Asharq al-Awswat reports (via Khaled Abu Toameh) that there are 600 millionaires in the Gaza Strip, and that the biggest beneficiary of their wealth is the Hamas 'government' (Hat Tip: Bad Blue).
But according to an investigative report published in the pan-Arab newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat, there are at least 600 millionaires living in the Gaza Strip. The newspaper report also refutes the claim that the Gaza Strip has been facing a humanitarian crisis because of an Israeli blockade.

Mohammed Dahlan, the former Palestinian Authority security commander of the Gaza Strip, further said last week that Hamas was the only party that was laying siege to the Gaza Strip; that it is Hamas, and not Israel or Egypt, that is strangling and punishing the people there.

The Palestinian millionaires, according to the report, have made their wealth thanks to the hundreds of underground tunnels along the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt.

Informed Palestinian sources revealed that every day, in addition to weapons, thousands of tons of fuel, medicine, various types of merchandise, vehicles, electrical appliances, drugs, medicine and cigarettes are smuggled into the Gaza Strip through more than 400 tunnels. A former Sudanese government official who visited the Gaza Strip lately was quoted as saying that he found basic goods that were not available in Sudan. Almost all the tunnels are controlled by the Hamas government, which has established a special commission to oversee the smuggling business, which makes the Hamas government the biggest benefactor of the smuggling industry.

Palestinians estimate that 25% of the Hamas government's budget comes from taxes imposed on the owners of the underground tunnels.
Aren't you glad that your tax dollars are going to support the 'poor' Gazans?

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At 10:16 PM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

They have hideous taste as well. That house looks like Bob Guccione and Donald Trump teamed up to design an industrial prison.

At 10:18 PM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

Buy the way, Captcha is getting out of control. the last one took 11 tries

At 11:32 PM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...

Empress Trudy,

It's the Grand Palace Hotel in Gaza City. More about it here:


At 2:07 AM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

@ empress trudy, actually it looks identical to MI6 building in London!!



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