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February 2, 2017 7:07 am

Gaza Wholesalers Refuse Cement Deliveries Because of New Hamas Taxes

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Cement imported into Gaza for reconstruction. Photo: Twitter

Cement imported into Gaza for reconstruction. Photo: Twitter

On Wednesday, numerous Gaza suppliers refused to accept building materials being imported from Israel through the Kerem Shalom crossing.

The reason? Hamas unilaterally added a major tax on all such materials, and the suppliers did not believe that they could pay the taxes and still make a profit. (Cement and other materials in Gaza have a fixed price.)

The materials that the Gaza suppliers refused to accept included cement, aggregate and iron.

If you just followed the mainstream media, you wouldn’t know that Israel is bringing truckloads of cement to Gaza every day, that Hamas is interfering with the distribution of those materials by imposing arbitrary taxes and that Gaza suppliers are angry at Hamas — not Israel.

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