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How Many Millionaires Live in the "Impoverished" Gaza Strip?

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http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/3308/gaza-millionaires

How Many Millionaires Live in the "Impoverished" Gaza Strip?

by Khaled Abu Toameh
August 30, 2012 at 4:30 am

http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/3308/gaza-millionaires

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If the Egyptian army succeeds in demolishing the underground smuggling tunnels that keep Hamas running, it could mark the end of the Islamists' rule over the Gaza Strip. But if Egypt's new president, Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood tie the hands of the Egyptian army's generals and keep them from completing the mission, Hamas will become even stronger and wealthier.

The world often thinks of the Gaza Strip, home to 1.4 million Palestinians, as one of the poorest places on earth, where people live in misery and squalor.

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.

For example, Hamas has imposed a 25% tax and a $2000 fee on every car that is smuggled into the Gaza Strip. Hamas also charges $15 dollars for each ton of cement, eight cents for a pack of cigarettes and 50 cents for each liter of fuel smuggled through the tunnels.

For Hamas, the Palestinian sources said, the tunnels are a matter of life or death.

Now, however, Hamas is facing a huge crisis as the Egyptian authorities plan to regain control over Sinai in the aftermath of the recent killing of 16 Egyptian border guards by unidentified terrorists.

The Egyptian army appears to be determined to destroy the underground tunnels out of fear that they are being used to smuggle not only goods and fuel, but also Islamist terrorists who pose a threat to Egypt's national security.

At this stage, however, it is not clear whether Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood President, Mohamed Morsi, would allow his army to cut off one of Hamas's main sources of income. Morsi's policy thus far has been to embrace and strengthen Hamas at the expense of the Western-backed Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.

If the Egyptian army succeeds in its anti-terror security crackdown in Sinai, including the demolition of all the underground tunnels that keep Hamas running, it could mark the beginning of the end of the Islamist movement's rule over the Gaza Strip. But if Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood tie the hands of their generals and prevent them from completing the mission, Hamas will become even stronger and wealthier.

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by on Nov. 20, 2012 at 8:33 AM
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sneffy014
by Bronze Member on Nov. 20, 2012 at 3:45 PM
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Quoting survivorinohio:


Quoting sneffy014:

 

Quoting survivorinohio:


Quoting sneffy014:

 

Quoting survivorinohio:

lol at all of this and all the snide crap within.

The Palestinian people are being exploited from a lot of directions it would appear.  Its tragic.  Isreal does not operate in a way that affords much humanity to the people there regardless of their "reasons".

I could find many examples of behavior contrary to what you say that Israel DOES operate in a way that affords much humanity. It is HAMAS that does not care about its own people.

For every source you present I am sure I could counter it.

Israel does not respond with humanity to Gaza. Or wherever their settlement building is hindered by nuisance homes.  If Isreal had her way the residents of Gaza would have nothing.

Israel is also a "wealthy" country that needs to stand on its own and stop taking our money to fund its deeds.

Israel won the land in a war, it belongs to her. Israel does not initiate the conflict, she defends herself against attacks from extremists from Hamas who are using the Palestinians as human shields. It is sad that innocent people on both sides are being hurt in this conflict. War is ugly. The United States gives Foreign Assistance to many countries including Egypt that participated in the Blockade against Gaza, and Pakistan who harbored Bin Laden.

Yes Egypt.  I was so moved by the treaty that was signed between Egypt and Israel as a child/young adult watching.  A treaty that got Sadat killed.  We do give them a lot of money , but thats all about Israel.

Pakistan is a mess and not relavent to Isreals treatment of their enemies.


It is relevant. Pakistan harbored a known terrorist and yet you do not ask that aid be pulled from them. Egypt went in on the blockade because they didn't want Hamas and the trouble they brought across their border. You are saying we should not give money to Israel because the way she treats her enemies. Should we get rid of aid to Gaza as well? They are lobbing rockets consistently into Israel. I guess I will respectfully disagree with you on this issue because we could go 'round and 'round.

survivorinohio
by René on Nov. 20, 2012 at 3:51 PM


Quoting sneffy014:


Quoting survivorinohio:


Quoting sneffy014:


Quoting survivorinohio:


Quoting sneffy014:


Quoting survivorinohio:

lol at all of this and all the snide crap within.

The Palestinian people are being exploited from a lot of directions it would appear.  Its tragic.  Isreal does not operate in a way that affords much humanity to the people there regardless of their "reasons".

I could find many examples of behavior contrary to what you say that Israel DOES operate in a way that affords much humanity. It is HAMAS that does not care about its own people.

For every source you present I am sure I could counter it.

Israel does not respond with humanity to Gaza. Or wherever their settlement building is hindered by nuisance homes.  If Isreal had her way the residents of Gaza would have nothing.

Israel is also a "wealthy" country that needs to stand on its own and stop taking our money to fund its deeds.

Israel won the land in a war, it belongs to her. Israel does not initiate the conflict, she defends herself against attacks from extremists from Hamas who are using the Palestinians as human shields. It is sad that innocent people on both sides are being hurt in this conflict. War is ugly. The United States gives Foreign Assistance to many countries including Egypt that participated in the Blockade against Gaza, and Pakistan who harbored Bin Laden.

Yes Egypt.  I was so moved by the treaty that was signed between Egypt and Israel as a child/young adult watching.  A treaty that got Sadat killed.  We do give them a lot of money , but thats all about Israel.

Pakistan is a mess and not relavent to Isreals treatment of their enemies.


It is relevant. Pakistan harbored a known terrorist and yet you do not ask that aid be pulled from them. Egypt went in on the blockade because they didn't want Hamas and the trouble they brought across their border. You are saying we should not give money to Israel because the way she treats her enemies. Should we get rid of aid to Gaza as well? They are lobbing rockets consistently into Israel. I guess I will respectfully disagree with you on this issue because we could go 'round and 'round.

Egypt went with Israel because we pay them to.

I dont support giving any country without thousands of starving people in their streets aid right now.

Hamas does send some rockets up, I know.  Poor Israel.

How far you go in life depends on your being: tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of both the weak and strong.  Because someday in life you would have been one or all of these.  GeorgeWashingtonCarver


sneffy014
by Bronze Member on Nov. 20, 2012 at 4:09 PM



 

 

It is relevant. Pakistan harbored a known terrorist and yet you do not ask that aid be pulled from them. Egypt went in on the blockade because they didn't want Hamas and the trouble they brought across their border. You are saying we should not give money to Israel because the way she treats her enemies. Should we get rid of aid to Gaza as well? They are lobbing rockets consistently into Israel. I guess I will respectfully disagree with you on this issue because we could go 'round and 'round.

Egypt went with Israel because we pay them to.

I dont support giving any country without thousands of starving people in their streets aid right now.

Hamas does send some rockets up, I know.  Poor Israel.

What is your theory on why the United States supports Israel?

survivorinohio
by René on Nov. 20, 2012 at 4:16 PM


Quoting sneffy014:




 

It is relevant. Pakistan harbored a known terrorist and yet you do not ask that aid be pulled from them. Egypt went in on the blockade because they didn't want Hamas and the trouble they brought across their border. You are saying we should not give money to Israel because the way she treats her enemies. Should we get rid of aid to Gaza as well? They are lobbing rockets consistently into Israel. I guess I will respectfully disagree with you on this issue because we could go 'round and 'round.

Egypt went with Israel because we pay them to.

I dont support giving any country without thousands of starving people in their streets aid right now.

Hamas does send some rockets up, I know.  Poor Israel.

What is your theory on why the United States supports Israel?

There are a lot of reasons I would theorize.  Israel has strategic placement in the region thereby making her a good ally.  Isreal is the "promised land" which gives it Christian support and much of those who have been in control of this country also have been believers of this concept.  Isreal has a large immigrant population of Americans.

I am a Christian who does not believe we have a responsibility to her, I dont think there are that many of us.

How far you go in life depends on your being: tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of both the weak and strong.  Because someday in life you would have been one or all of these.  GeorgeWashingtonCarver


12hellokitty
by Platinum Member on Nov. 20, 2012 at 4:52 PM


Quoting SuperChicken:

Not to state the obvious, but if Israel was not restricting goods into Gaza, the tunnels wouldn't be making anybody rich.  If, in fact, they are.  Which I can't say I know.   It's almost impossible to find a non-biased source on any issue regarding Gaza/Israel.

Regardless, as even Scarlett O'Hara knew.  The riches to be made in the downfall of a land are great.   That doesn't negate the suffering of the average person though.

So it's okay for palestinians to make millions off the poor and sufferings of their own people?  

survivorinohio
by René on Nov. 20, 2012 at 4:53 PM


Quoting 12hellokitty:


Quoting SuperChicken:

Not to state the obvious, but if Israel was not restricting goods into Gaza, the tunnels wouldn't be making anybody rich.  If, in fact, they are.  Which I can't say I know.   It's almost impossible to find a non-biased source on any issue regarding Gaza/Israel.

Regardless, as even Scarlett O'Hara knew.  The riches to be made in the downfall of a land are great.   That doesn't negate the suffering of the average person though.

So it's okay for palestinians to make millions off the poor and sufferings of their own people?  

Where did she say that?

How far you go in life depends on your being: tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of both the weak and strong.  Because someday in life you would have been one or all of these.  GeorgeWashingtonCarver


12hellokitty
by Platinum Member on Nov. 20, 2012 at 5:00 PM
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Quoting survivorinohio:


Quoting 12hellokitty:


Quoting SuperChicken:

Not to state the obvious, but if Israel was not restricting goods into Gaza, the tunnels wouldn't be making anybody rich.  If, in fact, they are.  Which I can't say I know.   It's almost impossible to find a non-biased source on any issue regarding Gaza/Israel.

Regardless, as even Scarlett O'Hara knew.  The riches to be made in the downfall of a land are great.   That doesn't negate the suffering of the average person though.

So it's okay for palestinians to make millions off the poor and sufferings of their own people?  

Where did she say that?

I asked a QUESTION. ...

survivorinohio
by René on Nov. 20, 2012 at 5:04 PM


Quoting 12hellokitty:


Quoting survivorinohio:


Quoting 12hellokitty:


Quoting SuperChicken:

Not to state the obvious, but if Israel was not restricting goods into Gaza, the tunnels wouldn't be making anybody rich.  If, in fact, they are.  Which I can't say I know.   It's almost impossible to find a non-biased source on any issue regarding Gaza/Israel.

Regardless, as even Scarlett O'Hara knew.  The riches to be made in the downfall of a land are great.   That doesn't negate the suffering of the average person though.

So it's okay for palestinians to make millions off the poor and sufferings of their own people?  

Where did she say that?

I asked a QUESTION. ...

Sort of.

How far you go in life depends on your being: tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of both the weak and strong.  Because someday in life you would have been one or all of these.  GeorgeWashingtonCarver


stacymomof2
by Ruby Member on Nov. 20, 2012 at 5:19 PM
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There would be no black market if Gaza wasn't cut off.  Nice of you to blame the victims, though.  Sure there are always going to be people who break the law to make money.  However if there was a legal way to get needed supplies there would be no black market, right?  So then you wouldn't have to blame over a million people for the actions of 600.

Quoting 12hellokitty:


Quoting SuperChicken:

Not to state the obvious, but if Israel was not restricting goods into Gaza, the tunnels wouldn't be making anybody rich.  If, in fact, they are.  Which I can't say I know.   It's almost impossible to find a non-biased source on any issue regarding Gaza/Israel.

Regardless, as even Scarlett O'Hara knew.  The riches to be made in the downfall of a land are great.   That doesn't negate the suffering of the average person though.

So it's okay for palestinians to make millions off the poor and sufferings of their own people?  


OHgirlinCA
by Platinum Member on Nov. 20, 2012 at 5:20 PM
1 mom liked this

 

Quoting survivorinohio:


Quoting 12hellokitty:

 

Quoting SuperChicken:

Not to state the obvious, but if Israel was not restricting goods into Gaza, the tunnels wouldn't be making anybody rich.  If, in fact, they are.  Which I can't say I know.   It's almost impossible to find a non-biased source on any issue regarding Gaza/Israel.

Regardless, as even Scarlett O'Hara knew.  The riches to be made in the downfall of a land are great.   That doesn't negate the suffering of the average person though.

So it's okay for palestinians to make millions off the poor and sufferings of their own people?  

Where did she say that?

 She didn't.

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