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America gives Gaza aid…but not to Gaza

March 2nd, 2009 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Barack Obama is giving just under one billion dollars in aid, to help Palestinians rebuild Gaza. Except that it is not being given to Gaza – and they are not allowed to use it for rebuilding.

Two-thirds of the cash will be given to the West Bank-based Fateh Authority, because Gazans can’t be trusted. The money is being used to repair the Authority’s $1.6 billion budget deficit – clearly that’s the priority for Palestinian people.

A paltry $300 million will be used for emergency relief work – nearly three months after most emergency relief work began. And that amount should just about make up for the UN emergency supplies which were destroyed in a single bombing on a UN facility.

But even that $300 million is in doubt. Israel is still preventing most humanitarian supplies from entering Gaza.


2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 mehculpa // Mar 6, 2009 at 10.05 pm

    I think Obama’s administration probably is giving the money to Fatah because US policy has been to regret the election that put Hamas in control of the Palestinian government. (A shame)

    The money may be tagged as “relief,” but it could be the administration believes that Fatah will use the $300 million to seize power again. (I’m just guessing) I’m not sure that would help diplomatic talks, though. Didn’t Israel say it would refuse to talk to Fatah?

  • 2 Hurriya // Mar 16, 2009 at 6.11 pm

    In fact, the so-called reconstruction assistance is just a way for the West and Arab world to bail out Israel from the responsibility of paying for the damages they have caused upon the people of Gaza.

    i posted a commentary on this, at

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