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

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An interesing viewpoint on Gaza.....

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. 21, 2012 at 8:07 AM
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Quoting Helwa:

Seems a little silly to think there are no millionaires in poor areas of the world.

I have a question, is this Millions in American dollars or the local currency? Are you sure Hamas charges it's taxes in American dollars as the article seems to say? 1 million Egyptian pounds is 163,699 USD. 1 Million Israeli Sheqel is $255,741 USD.


Of course there are millionaires all over the world. However, why aren't people screaming for those millionaires to help the poor people like they are here in the United States? I don't know the U.S. equivalent of the $$ in the article. There are important points though that I find very interesting and counters much of the propaganda posted by others in this group:

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.

survivorinohio
by René on Nov. 21, 2012 at 8:20 AM


Quoting sneffy014:


Quoting survivorinohio:


Quoting sneffy014:


Quoting muslimahpj:

Interesting how the helmet only shows the Star of David. What about Egypt and its part in the blockade? A little one-sided don't you think? Did you read the article? I will highlight some important points.

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..

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..

So you think that because Hamas and others exploit the civilians in Gaza with goods at black market prices that they are not in crisis? You think the poor kids there have paper and toys?  Chocolate now and then?  I am sure though if you have money you can get what you want at inflated prices.

Why do you care so much about Egypt?  from what I have learned Egypt is never been very happy with Israel which is why the treaty I spoke of before was SUCH a big deal.  From what i have come to understand the monetary flow from us to them is pivotal in their policy.  I also seem to be under the impression that much of the unrest in that country has to do with the relationship with Israel.

My point about Egypt is people are very willing to point the finger at Israel and overlook Egypts' part in the blockade and its reasons for not wanting Hamas or the Palestinians across their border. It seems like blatant Anti-Semitism to me.

And as I  have said I believe Egypts behavior is bought and paid for by 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 Ruby Member on Nov. 21, 2012 at 8:28 AM

 

LOL  it's amusing how so many defend any and every little deplorable crime committed by Palestinians. 

I'm sure it has never occured to you that the Palestinians making millions might play a role in making sure the people remain victims needing a black market? 

Quoting stacymomof2:

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?  


 

survivorinohio
by René on Nov. 21, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Your UN link didnt work.  The Israeli link said that they send fuel and food in but you or I couldnt.  It is a blockade and they have denied entrance of plenty of items sent by humanitarian groups.

Quoting Carpy:

A lot of this list is propaganized.

http://dover.idf.il/IDF/English/News/today/10/05/0503.htm

http://www.un.org/News/dh/infocus/middle_east/Gaza_Flotilla_Panel_Report.pdf

Quoting survivorinohio:

Bump!

Quoting muslimahpj:


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.

Yeah, this is how humanitarian Israel is:

Items considered contraband entering the Gaza Strip (Partial list):

  • sage
  • cardamom
  • coriander
  • ginger
  • jam
  • halva
  • vinegar
  • nutmeg
  • chocolate
  • fruit preserves
  • seeds and nuts
  • biscuits and sweets
  • potato chips
  • gas for soft drinks
  • dried fruit
  • fresh meats
  • plaster
  • tar
  • wood
  • cement
  • iron
  • glucose
  • industrial salt
  • plastic/glass/metal containers
  • industrial margarine
  • tarpaulin sheets
  • fabric (for clothing)
  • flavor and smell enhancers
  • fishing rods
  • fishing nets
  • buoys
  • ropes
  • nylon netting for greenhouses
  • hatcheries and spare parts for hatcheries
  • spare parts for tractors
  • dairies for cowsheds
  • irrigation pipe systems
  • planters (for saplings)
  • heaters
  • musical instruments
  • size A4 paper (letter/legal size)
  • writing implements
  • notebooks
  • toys
  • razors
  • sewing machines
  • horses
  • donkeys
  • goats
  • cattle
  • chicks

Gisha.org




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 Ruby Member on Nov. 21, 2012 at 8:40 AM


Quoting survivorinohio:


Quoting sneffy014:

 

Quoting muslimahpj:

Interesting how the helmet only shows the Star of David. What about Egypt and its part in the blockade? A little one-sided don't you think? Did you read the article? I will highlight some important points.

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..

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..

So you think that because Hamas and others exploit the civilians in Gaza with goods at black market prices that they are not in crisis? You think the poor kids there have paper and toys?  Chocolate now and then?  I am sure though if you have money you can get what you want at inflated prices.

Why do you care so much about Egypt?  from what I have learned Egypt is never been very happy with Israel which is why the treaty I spoke of before was SUCH a big deal.  From what i have come to understand the monetary flow from us to them is pivotal in their policy.  I also seem to be under the impression that much of the unrest in that country has to do with the relationship with Israel.

 

It seems what people defending Palestine don't understand is that they are defending a government who is exploiting it's own citizens.  By defending Palestine you are defending the atrocities committed by Hamas, whether you want to acknowledge it or not doesn't change the FACT that Hamas is benefiting from ALL who defend Palestine.

GrannyM.
by Bronze Member on Nov. 21, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Destined...the fighting in the area is destiney taking place plain and simple...the hate and/or fighting between Palestine and Israel will continue...but there will come a day when a so called peace agreement will be reached. Then not long after that there will be a war/confrontation like never before leading up to the return of Jesus Christ....

survivorinohio
by René on Nov. 21, 2012 at 8:49 AM


Quoting 12hellokitty:


Quoting survivorinohio:


Quoting sneffy014:


Quoting muslimahpj:

Interesting how the helmet only shows the Star of David. What about Egypt and its part in the blockade? A little one-sided don't you think? Did you read the article? I will highlight some important points.

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..

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..

So you think that because Hamas and others exploit the civilians in Gaza with goods at black market prices that they are not in crisis? You think the poor kids there have paper and toys?  Chocolate now and then?  I am sure though if you have money you can get what you want at inflated prices.

Why do you care so much about Egypt?  from what I have learned Egypt is never been very happy with Israel which is why the treaty I spoke of before was SUCH a big deal.  From what i have come to understand the monetary flow from us to them is pivotal in their policy.  I also seem to be under the impression that much of the unrest in that country has to do with the relationship with Israel.


It seems what people defending Palestine don't understand is that they are defending a government who is exploiting it's own citizens.  By defending Palestine you are defending the atrocities committed by Hamas, whether you want to acknowledge it or not doesn't change the FACT that Hamas is benefiting from ALL who defend Palestine.

Show me the atrocities.

I have seen plenty of atrocities commited by IDF


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. 21, 2012 at 8:54 AM
1 mom liked this


Quoting survivorinohio:


Quoting 12hellokitty:

 

Quoting survivorinohio:


Quoting sneffy014:

 

Quoting muslimahpj:

Interesting how the helmet only shows the Star of David. What about Egypt and its part in the blockade? A little one-sided don't you think? Did you read the article? I will highlight some important points.

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..

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..

So you think that because Hamas and others exploit the civilians in Gaza with goods at black market prices that they are not in crisis? You think the poor kids there have paper and toys?  Chocolate now and then?  I am sure though if you have money you can get what you want at inflated prices.

Why do you care so much about Egypt?  from what I have learned Egypt is never been very happy with Israel which is why the treaty I spoke of before was SUCH a big deal.  From what i have come to understand the monetary flow from us to them is pivotal in their policy.  I also seem to be under the impression that much of the unrest in that country has to do with the relationship with Israel.

 

It seems what people defending Palestine don't understand is that they are defending a government who is exploiting it's own citizens.  By defending Palestine you are defending the atrocities committed by Hamas, whether you want to acknowledge it or not doesn't change the FACT that Hamas is benefiting from ALL who defend Palestine.

Show me the atrocities.

I have seen plenty of atrocities commited by IDF


Here's one just from this morning:

http://news.yahoo.com/amid-gaza-diplomacy-bus-bomb-hits-tel-aviv-115729349.html

Amid Gaza diplomacy, bus bomb hits Tel Aviv

You can view the article in the link. Don't want to make huge quote trees.

SuperChicken
by on Nov. 21, 2012 at 8:59 AM


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?  

I'll let you know I saw your silly question, but it's simply too silly for me to respond to so this is all you get.

SuperChicken
by on Nov. 21, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Here's an interesting tidbit too, since apparently the number of millionaires is important.

According to World Wealth Report 2005, number of Israeli millionaires per capita is twice world average.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3265343,00.html

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