- God Is All the Palestinians Have Left
by Odeh Bisharat, https://www.haaretz.com/
The risible Qatari sum given as charity money to Gaza shows the scum of the Arab world has joined with Israel against the Palestinians, and only God remains at their side
In midday, Israel lets the Qataris bring into the Gaza Strip three suitcases stuffed with dollars, a total of $15 million. That amount is chump change for a Qatari prince headed for a shopping spree in Europe. Leaders in Israel and others in Arab countries and the United States want to separate Hamas and Fatah with this negligible sum. And thus, they labor to wrap the corpse of the Palestinian issue with dollar-lined shrouds, on the way to a burial deep in the ground.
Israelis want immediate results. They are surprised that the Palestinians keep protesting and keep demanding that the blockade on the Strip be lifted, despite the fact that the ingrates received $15 million. While the money was intended to cover salaries, according to a simple calculation $7.50 was supposed to go to every Gazan on average, or $45 per each family of six. That’s the cost of a ballet lesson at a Tel Aviv community center. Marie Antoinette and her cake have come back to life.
Basically, there are two components to the situation in Gaza. There is the component of intense suffering among the Palestinians and there is the national component: Where are they headed? Israel has dared to hook up with the Qataris, the sworn enemy of the Saudis, in the wake of the trouble its ally the crown prince has gotten into following the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and it is trying to seal Donald Trump’s deal of the century with a little cash. To drip a drop of water into the Palestinians’ throat, and show them the way to shatter their national ambitions.
Moreover, all of the $90 million that will be channeled to the Palestinians in the coming six months will go solely to Hamas officials. The other Palestinians will get nothing. In other words, this is a deal struck between Israel and Hamas. Take the money and shut up – that’s exactly what Al-Emadi whispered to one of the Hamas leaders in front of the cameras.