Somebody that the SPSC should be listening a lot more to is Bassem Eid, the founder and former director of the Jerusalem-based Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group (PHRMG). Bassem Eid is an advocate for peace with Israel, and a critic of terrorism and is part of the ‘Stop the Boycott’ movement.
Indeed, those posting in social media in the last few days lamenting the loss of lives in Gaza and lack of reconstruction in the wake of the 1st anniversary of Israel’s defensive ‘Operation Protective Edge’ should also pay attention to Bassem Eid.
There is one pure and simple reason why there has been a year-long delay in the reconstruction of the entity, says Eid…: In spite of a so-called Unity Government, both Hamas (Gaza-Palestine) and Mahmoud Abbas (West-Bank-Palestine) want to hold the purse strings of the reconstruction funds for Gaza, which donor nations have pledged at some US $ 5.5 billion.
As far as Hamas is concerned, the top priority is the reconstruction of its military capabilities and terror tunnels. Why ? Because Egyptians have created a 2-kilometer buffer zone and have removed smuggling tunnels that have made Hamas leaders into billionaires. What is the result of this ? This has meant that new general taxes on Gazans have had to be imposed, and in addition, a new mosque tax in Gaza during the holy month of Ramadan has been conjured up. Each person who wishes to stay in a mosque for Ramadan services must pay 20 shekels from the 19th of Ramadan to the 29th of Ramadan… that’s 200 shekels thank you very much!!
Relying on testimonies submitted by ordinary Gazans, a report by The Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR), has stated that the taxes imposed on different commodities and services in the Gaza Strip have aggravate the suffering of the people. These are not Israeli taxes (the entity is no longer administered by Israel)…. these are Hamas taxes!!
Bassem Eid also reminds us of the statistics of the suffering brought upon Gaza-Palestine by Hamas and other terror groups and their affiliated Rocket Brigades:
- 5 million tons of rubble remains in Gaza
- 200,000 workers have lost their means of employment
- 80% of the Gazan people are surviving on welfare
- 40% of Gazans are living below poverty lines
- 22,000 Gazans are homeless
- 29 Palestinians were executed by Hamas during the war
- several terror bombings occurred in the Gaza strip by (internal Gazan) Salafist groups
Eid was in touch with other Gazans in Khan Younis and Shuja’iyya who said that:
- the rule of Hamas in the Gaza Strip is like throwing us into a pit… if Hamas continues their policies, they will bring more death and destruction to their own people
- we are living under a dictatorship regime… Hamas kills any opposition… since Hamas took over the Gaza Strip in 2007, there is an absence of any Palestinian political factions in the Gaza Strip… today it looks as if the next upcoming war bells are ringing
- the situation in Gaza right now is that hunger, poverty and unemployment reached the highest percentage since Hamas took over the Gaza Strip
According to Eid it is both Hamas and Fatah should be held responsible for the fact that there are no schools, no hospitals, no electricity and no proper drinking water for Gazans.
Get that???… Not Israel’s responsibility or fault… But that of Hamas and Fatah…!!!