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Hamas Won’t Allow Gazans to Rebuild Homes; Left-Wing NGOs Silent

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Gaza city. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Gaza city. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Palestine Press Agency reports that residents of a neighborhood in Beit Hanoun, Gaza, whose houses were completely destroyed in the summer of 2014, are angry because the Hamas Land Authority is preventing them from rebuilding their houses.

Hamas says the area, known as “Azbat Beit Hanoun,” is government-owned land.

An official named Dr. Yousef Al-Kafarne said that the Land Authority also prevented UNRWA from building and repairing there. UNRWA did not issue any press release about this matter.

After some complaints and the intervention of some unnamed “Palestinian factions,” the Hamas Land Authority allowed partially destroyed houses to be rebuilt or renovated.

But completely destroyed houses are forbidden from being rebuilt.

You may recall a few months ago that some left-wing NGOs said that no Gaza homes have been rebuilt from scratch, and blamed Israel — even though Israel was allowing tons of construction material to enter (with which Hamas was rebuilding its terror infrastructure unhindered.) A cash shortage  from donors as well as Gaza bureaucracy were also blamed for the slowness of rebuilding.

Now we see that Hamas has been actively opposed to rebuilding homes.

And those NGOs are silent.


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