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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

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.

On 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. 


Nor 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 infrastructure.
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?

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At 8:47 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Maybe use it to pay the power and water bills to Israel!


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