Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Jewish Business News

World News

Report: Hamas Pays Gazans $2, 000 for Destroyed Homes

An elderly Palestinian woman walks through ruins in Gaza

Hamas leaders have paid out $40 million in compensation to Gaza families that had their homes destroyed in Operation Protective Edge, the “New York Times” reports. Each family has received $2, 000, Mousa Abu Marzook, Deputy Chairman of Hamas’s political arm is quoted as saying.

Abu Marzook and Ismail Haniya, Hamas leader in Gaza, yesterday toured parts of the Gaza Strip including Beit Hanoun. They were accompanied by “New York Times” Jerusalem Bureau Chief Jodi Rudoren who described the enthusiasm with which they were greeted and the destruction they saw. “These buildings were the gates to the victory, ” declatred Haniya.

“More than a week after an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire agreement halted 50 days of fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza, little has changed on the ground. Electricity is still scarce, residents have to line up to collect clean water, and there is no word when the promised materials for reconstruction might arrive, in what quantities and under whose supervision, ” the “New York Times writes.

“Having given up official control of Gaza’s ministries in June to a new Palestinian government that has yet to take hold here – a picture of Mr. Haniya, a former prime minister, still hangs in the office of the education chief – Hamas paradoxically seems to be politically in its strongest position in years.”

Hamas shifts responsibility for reconstruction to the Palestinian Authority, “This is the responsibility of Mahmoud Abbas because now he is responsible for the government, ” said Mahmoud al-Zahar, referring to the president of the Palestinian Authority and leader of the rival Fatah faction. “We are not responsible.”

Ziad el-Zaza, the former deputy prime minister and finance minister, said Hamas “would not be blamed because Hamas leaders were in the front lines and they suffered losses” – his own four-story house was leveled – and because “those who offered relief to the people are also Hamas, those who go and comfort people are Hamas.”

“Hamas is functioning; they gave the people $2, 000, ” complained the minister, Mofeed M. Al Hassina. “The money gives you the power, gives you everything. They’re stronger than us as a government.”

Published by Globes [online], Israel business news –

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.



You May Also Like

World News

In the 15th Nov 2015 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:   ·         A new Israeli treatment brings hope to relapsed leukemia...


The contract signed between the Israeli government and Pfizer shows clearly and unequivocally that this is a clinical study on humans - The agreement...


Now Platika joins and elite club of $10 billion plus Israeli firms.


After two decades without a rating system in Israel, at the end of 2012 an international tender for hotel rating was published.  Invited to place bids...