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November 17, 2014 5:31 pm

EU Officials Warn: Hamas Siphoning Off Reconstruction Funds to Rearm, Despite Aid Projects

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Hamas in Gaza may be exploiting European Union (EU) funds to rearm instead of rebuild after its pounding in this summer’s Operation Protective Edge, according to European parliament member Arne Gericke, Israel’s Ch. 2 News said Monday night.

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Gericke and other EU officials have voiced concerns over a European Court of Auditors report alleging that over 2.5 percent of the EU budget for external relations, aid and enlargement had been misappropriated.

If that percentage is applied to the more than $560 million (€450m) pledged to Gaza, that means nearly $14.7 million (€11.7m) could end up in Hamas’s hands.

The Israeli army’s 51-day foray to quell some 4,000 rockets and mortars, and destroy over 30 attack tunnels destroyed much of the Islamist group’s facilities and arsenal, according to senior Israeli officials.

Adding to the concern is exiled Jordanian politician, Mudar Zahran, who confirms that Hamas is already trying to confiscate construction materials donated by the international community, with some success.

“Aid earmarked for reconstruction is turning up on the Hamas controlled black market, where it is being sold at premium prices,” Zahran recently charged.

Hamas has annually funneled over $300 million towards weapons and paying military salaries, according to the Shin Bet Israel Security Agency.

The Twitter page of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, photographed sitting next to Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal. Photo: Screenshot / Twitter.

The Twitter page of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, photographed sitting next to Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal. Photo: Screenshot / Twitter.

Meanwhile, instead of offering road crews, an Iranian military commander said Monday that “Millions of Basijis (volunteer forces) are ready in Iran to be dispatched to Syria and Gaza,” to fight alongside Palestinian terrorist groups in the latter.

However, Basiji volunteer forces chief, Brig.-Gen. Mohammad Reza Naqdi, said at a press conference that “there is no need to dispatch troops to Gaza” saying that the Palestinians had sufficient abilities to “battle the Israelis,” themselves, according to Iran’s state controlled Fars News Agency.

“The most serious job is that they need to receive the necessary training and skills, as today, Gaza has its own defensive industry and they have stood on their feet; we also try to implement the same plan in the West Bank, God willing,” Naqdi said.

In the West Bank, the rival Palestinian Authority’s minister of civil affairs said Monday that reconstruction material for Qatari-funded construction projects will enter the Gaza Strip upon agreement with the Israeli side, according to Palestinian media.

Hussein al-Sheikh said in a statement that reconstruction material started flowing to Gaza on Monday, including some 100 trucks carrying 4,000 tons of supplies for road repairs, according to the Ma’an News agency.

Al-Sheikh added that asphalt will be entering the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, and said that Israel’s Civil Administration agreed to allow 100 trucks of road construction materials in daily.

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  • mika

    Until Israelis take things into their own hands, organize and deploy their own militia independent of the CIA controlled “Israeli” gov, the same too stupid to be stupid “Israeli” gov policies and actions will continue, and ordinary Israelis will continue to be victims.

  • Bernard Ross

    eurofools should prepare to see their investments bombed to cinders, after all: a con man always repeats his con until the sucker gets wise.

  • Jeff

    What, this is news? Israel and many have known for years starting with Arafat this is where European money goes. Huge hypocrites are the European powers- They’ve knowingly given aid that they also knew was being controlled by corrupt, dishonest leadership. What they will do is only ratchet up the rhetoric against Israel’s building plans while Synagogues, buses, train platforms… continue to the sites of terrorist murders.

  • Larry A. Singleton

    “The most serious job is that they need to receive the necessary training and skills, as today, Gaza has its own defensive industry and they have stood on their feet;

    Yeah; courtesy of American weapons and training.

  • Larry A. Singleton

    “Hamas in Gaza may be exploiting European Union (EU) funds to rearm instead of rebuild after its pounding in this summer’s Operation Protective Edge”

    What idiot and complete moron doesn’t already KNOW this?

    The Israeli Solution: A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East by Caroline B. Glick. READ THIS BOOK!!!

    The Haj by Leon Uris (A Primer on the “right to return” scam)
    Lessons from ‘The Haj’ A book review by Joseph Puder
    http://www.frontpagemag.com/2011/joseph-puder/lessons-from-the-haj/print/

    and

    Because They Hate: A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America by Brigitte Gabriel (These three books should be sold as a gift set.)

    UNRWA-Hamas Symbiosis Detailed in New Film (Arutz Sheva)
    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/186739#.VFMhx5t0xHy
    In UNRWA Goes to War, journalist David Bedein shows how UNRWA schools serve the interests of Hamas. But is anyone listening? “While the UNRWA slogan is ‘Peace Starts Here,’ a more appropriate slogan would be ‘War Starts with UNRWA,'” the film charges.

    The UNRWA Is Hamas (The Jewish Press)
    http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/the-unrwa-is-hamas/2014/08/07/

    Senior UN Official Accused of Aiding Hamas (United With Israel)
    http://unitedwithisrael.org/senior-un-official-accused-of-aiding-hamas/?comment_id=749513301756753

    Ban Tyrants From Sitting On UN Rights Body (Forbes 7-24-14)
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2014/07/24/ban-tyrants-from-sitting-on-un-rights-body/
    The Council’s branding of itself as a “human rights” body is a false and misleading claim that the Federal Trade Commission would have prosecuted years ago if UNHRC was somehow subject to truth in advertising rules. China, Russia, Cuba and Saudi Arabia currently sit on this “human rights” body, aided and abetted by legions of other theocracies, kleptocracies, and tin pot serial human rights abusers.
    Also watch the video and reaction to UN Watch-sickening.

  • Kris Kristian

    Why is Israel allowing anything to those savages?
    The only thing that Israel should send them, is a few thousand body bags.

    • Fred Willis

      I think your right.

  • Kerry Berger

    We need to force the EU to stop aiding and abetting Hamas and their rearmament process. Hamas is a terrorist group that is not to be trusted. If funds are to be spent on reconstruction these should go to foreign non-governmental agencies that are given the authority to rebuild. Otherwise, it’s time for the EU to recognize that there is no Palestinian partner for peace; only groups of militants who seek Israel’s destruction. That is totally unacceptable.

  • art

    Okay, the EU admits that Hamas is 2.5% of the aid to Gaza, which means it is a lot more. So what does the eu do? Start recognizing “palestine” and work on sanctions against Israel. does anyone need anymore proof that Israel can NOT rely on any promises from the EU or US?

  • E Pluribus Wombat

    that’s always been the EU’s objective. someone send this fool the memo.

  • Where is our President Obama as our foreign policy has turned into a complete disaster. IRAN IS ISRAEL’S ENEMY.

    Video of Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg SAYS: President Obama, You Have Some Nerve:.

    Video is on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ig8c795KymA

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