Qatar Flashes Cash at Gaza While Hamas Continues Its Terror and Brutality
Gaza is in serious trouble.
For nearly a year, the media been rolling out stories detailing the humanitarian crisis plaguing the Gaza Strip. The people of Gaza, we are told, do not have the access they need to health care, power, or even water. More than half of all medicines are in critically short supply. Electricity is available for just a few hours daily. Add to this the fact that the Palestinian Authority (PA) has declared diplomatic war on Hamas and is refusing to hand over the funds Hamas needs to pay its government workers and keep the bureaucracy afloat, and the gravity of the situation sinks in further.
At this point, the bloodthirsty killers in control of Gaza are overdue for an official reclassification. Hamas is no longer a terror organization, but a terror disorganization.
Clearly, something needs to be done.
As the world’s richest per-capita nation and Hamas’ staunchest ally, the emirate is in a position to make a difference for the people of Gaza. As such, one might expect the emirate to pressure Hamas into adopting policies of real change. They could, for example, force Hamas’ leaders to bow out of their obsession with violence. They might force them to redirect government funds and attention from carving terror-tunnels and fashioning missiles to improving infrastructure and providing their citizens with sufficient health care, energy, and water.
But, of course, Qatar did no such thing. Instead, Qatar sent millions of dollars into Gaza. Unlike its hushed effort to buy off American Jewry, this was a decidedly photogenic operation. In a move described by fuming PA officials as that of “gangster[s],” Qatar showed off the money it was plowing into Gaza.
These funds — all of it in American currency — will be used to pay the majority of the 40,000 civil servants hired by Hamas since 2007. Apparently briefed for the photo-op, workers assumed nearly identical poses with hundred dollar bills fanned out in their hands, raised triumphantly in the air above.
So far, 15 million dollars have reportedly been brought in. Another 75 million is due to follow.
I wish only the best for all those in Gaza who are not actively engaged in terror against innocent Israelis. And there is nothing innately wrong with government workers being paid for their work.
Nevertheless, Qatar’s actions provide nothing of a solution to the suffering citizens of Gaza. After all, this cash will only fortify the root of all Gaza’s perils — the heartless, child-sacrificing death-cult that is Hamas.
Every ounce of agony within the Gaza Strip can be traced back to Hamas. Right on the heels of their electoral victory in 2007, Hamas laid waste to the democratic system that brought them to power. In its place, they instituted a harrowing regime of built on fear and intimidation. Prominent critics of the regime now face summary executions enacted by kangaroo courts. Lesser offenders are shot through the knees, leaving them eternally maimed.
Public executions have been as brutal as they have been routine, with suspected traitors being dragged through the streets of Gaza rom the backs of motorcycles. Homosexuality is a capital offense, and boys are encouraged to murder their own sisters should suspicions of “dishonoring” the family arise. Freedom of the press is replaced with state-sponsored children’s programming that feature Mickey Mouse throwing grenades, and a talking bunny dying in a Gaza hospital after an Israeli air-raid.
If Hamas doesn’t grant its citizens their God-given rights, at the very least, we might expect that they’d protect them. After all, it appears to be self-evident that a government’s highest mandate toward its citizens is, if not to guard liberties, at least to keep them safe.
Far from protecting its citizens, however, Hamas has shown a disgusting willingness to put those people in harm’s way. Since taking control of Gaza in 2007, Hamas has provoked three wars in just over 10 years, hiding weapons caches in civilian areas to draw maximum destruction. All the while, their leadership has hung out in villas in Cairo and, of course, Qatar.
During the many border-protests that Hamas has instigated over the past year, local leaders urged civilians “not to fear death but to welcome martyrdom.” Hamas then militarized the protests — again, simply to rack up dead Palestinians to fuel their utterly sinister PR stratagem. According to The New York Times, “the breach of the fence was no mere protest. Those assaulting it threw firebombs and rolled burning tires at the fence to try to melt it; at least some carried pistols.” With dozens of Palestinians killed in the fighting, their efforts clearly paid off.
And yet, Qatar believes itself to be helping ordinary Gazans by keeping these monsters around.
Even if Qatar were to send 90 billion dollars into Gaza, the scourge of Hamas oppression and mismanagement would not be even partially alleviated. Instead of encouraging such futile “donations,” leaders around the world — including those in Israel — need to explain to the terror-funding, antisemitism-spouting Qataris the clear and simple truth that Palestinians don’t need money. They need their freedom.
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, “America’s Rabbi,” whom The Washington Post calls “the most famous Rabbi in America,” is the Founder of The World Values Network and, most recently, the author of “The Israel Warrior.” Follow him on Twitter @RabbiShmuley.