zondag 6 maart 2011

Hamas berooft bank in Gaza

De Israelische blokkade van de Gazastrook is blijkbaar nog redelijk effectief, daar Hamas zich ertoe verlaagd om particuliere banken in de strook geld afhandig te maken.

Gaza banks close because of Hamas robberies

From Ma'an:
The Palestinian Monetary Authority announced Thursday that all banks in Gaza would close on Thursday, following the perpetration of a robbery by unknown gunmen who stole cash from the Palestine Investment Bank in Gaza City.

PMA officials did not report the amount of cash taken from the bank, but said the financial institutions would remain closed until the funds were returned.

A statement from the body condemned the robbery, saying the use of weapons against the people of Gaza was unacceptable. The PMA "resents, denounces and condemns the attack," the statement said.
While it is unclear who robbed the bank, it seems strange that the banks would close from an ordinary armed robbery. More likely the bank suspects that the robbers were none other than Hamas, as Ma'an explains has happened before:
[Last summer] the Palestine Islamic Bank in Gaza City reported three incidents of cash being "withdrawn by force" by Gaza government officials, and in June suspended operations in protest over the actions.
Palestine Press Agency adds that Hamas has also taken over the Palestinian Investment Fund's offices and cash, and that other tenants of the same building were forced to leave. The Fund was meant to be an independent institution to help out businesses in Gaza.

This is only the latest takeover by Hamas of previously private Gaza institutions. These takeovers are one major reason why a reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah are increasingly unlikely, as Hamas' control of Gaza is cemented.

UPDATE: The Jerusalem Post via Reuters fills in the blanks, and Ma'an is shown once again to dance around the truth so as not to upset Hamas (h/t T34):
Banks in Gaza closed on Thursday in protest against Hamas's seizure of $250,000 in cash in a dispute with the Palestinian Authority.

A banking official said Hamas police went to the Palestine Investment Bank on Wednesday and demanded the money from the account of the PA-backed Palestine Investment Fund, which Hamas alleged had been illegally transferring money out of Gaza.

"(Hamas police) said unless they were given the money, they would take it by force," the official told Reuters. He said the police left with bags of cash filled with Israeli shekels worth $250,000 after several hours of discussion.

"All banks closed their doors today to protest against Hamas's assault on the Palestine Investment Bank," said the official, who declined to be identified.

A West Bank official for the Palestinian Monetary Authority, which oversees banking in Gaza and the West Bank, said the Hamas police had committed "armed robbery." In a statement, the monetary authority demanded the return of the cash.

More details on Hamas' armed robbery of a Gaza bank

Yesterday, Ma'an did everything it could to avoid mentioning that Hamas had robbed a bank in Gaza. But now that others have made the accusations, Ma'an feels it can report on the story.

And it is a doozy.
The Palestinian governments in the West Bank and Gaza Strip are at loggerheads again after the Palestinian Monetary Authority accused security forces in Gaza of robbing a bank.

The PMA announced Thursday that all banks in the Gaza Strip would close following a robbery at the Palestine Investment Bank in Gaza City.

Authority deputy Muhammad Manasreh told Ma'an that Gaza government officials stole $340,000 from the bank over two days.

On Tuesday, an official from the Hamas-led Ministry of Interior seized $90,000 from the bank by force after bank employees refused to honor a check due to insufficient funds in the account, Manasreh said.

The following day, the same official tried to cash a check for $250,000. Again, bank staff refused to honor the check due to insufficient funds. An argument erupted and cashiers called senior Hamas officials who failed to resolve the dispute, the PMA official added.

He said the bank was later raided by armed government security forces who seized $250,000.
Can you believe that Israel is so intransigent as to refuse to negotiate with this wonderful, pragmatic, respected political group?

1 opmerking:

  1. “They Murder, We Build.” Says Netanyahu. I wonder if the esteemed prime minister has ever considered that if Israeli had destroyed the enemy's capacity to wage war against civilians, that there would have been no murders? Every time Israel caved in to yet another insane demand from the U.N. For a cease-fire, the Arabs commit more murder and mayhem against Jews. Lest we forget, Hamas leaders were laughing at the Israeli government while they were calling the last big “ceasefire” a “victory for the Palestinian resistance”. According to The Jewish Press, the spokesperson for Hamas, Muhammad Abdul-Al issued a press release saying, “We are humiliating the Israelis. They kept threatening to make a huge operation in Gaza, but they were the ones who begged us to go into the ceasefire.” The terrorist further stated that because of the rocket attacks they went into the truce from a position of “force and power” and that Hamas viewed this agreement as an opportunity to regroup and bring more weapons in from the Sinai. Pusruing peace with murderers must be Israel's secret weapon, because every time the Israeli government emmisary says “let's do another cease-fire” another Arab dies laughing. Http://soulfulthought.blogspot.com