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Far from Gaza, Palestinian Hamas leaders prefer to live the good life in Qatar


The example comes from above. In Gaza, Hamas continues to call on the Palestinian people to stand firm in the face of adversity and prepare for an inevitable next round of “holy war against the Zionist enemy”. Ismaïl Haniyeh, former Prime Minister of Hamas, however left in September the Al-Shati refugee camp, where he is from, for the milder skies of Doha, the capital of Qatar. At the same time, he exfiltrated his wife and children from Gaza under the Israeli blockade.

Among the other members of the Islamist nomenklatura, Khalil al-Hayya, a member of the political bureau and second in command to Yahya Sinwar, a strongman and one of the founders of the military wing of the organization, has also decided to leave with arms and luggage with his family between palaces in Turkey and Syria. His mission ? “Ensuring liaison with Arab and Muslim countries”. Salah al-Bardawil, also a member of the political bureau, granted himself at least a sabbatical year in the Gulf. Similarly, two well-known figures on the media front as spokespersons for the Islamic organization, Sami Abou Zuhi and Taher Al-Nounou, as well as Fathi Hamad, former Minister of the Interior considered one of the leaders of the the most extremist faction of the organization, have chosen to take a “break” by taking off without setting a date for a possible return.

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Palestinian distress

The departures also concern the leadership of Islamic Jihad, an even more radical movement, a competitor of Hamas and very close to Iran. Two of the executives of this organization have packed their bags to lead the “dolce vita” in Istanbul, Beirut or Baghdad. Without comparison with the increasingly harsh living conditions of the two million inhabitants of the Gaza Strip, the great forgotten of history. The latest showdown between Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Israel in May only made matters worse. The figures illustrate the extreme distress of the population.

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According to a UN report, no less than 56,000 houses were damaged and 2,100 completely destroyed during the eleven days of fighting after Israeli airstrikes and missile fire, while 250 Palestinians, including 66 children, were you are beautiful. On the other side, 13 Israelis were killed, including two children. The Hamas leadership sparked the clashes by firing rockets into Jerusalem to denounce plans to evict Palestinians from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem. By choosing this target, Hamas provoked Israeli reprisals, no doubt without measuring the scale in advance. The personal homes of most Hamas leaders have been razed.

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With the fighting over, it is now time for what is supposed to be reconstruction. A mission that is a challenge. According to international experts, it would take at least half a billion dollars to repair the damage. However, international aid, notably from Egypt and Qatar, is only released in dribs and drabs. As Naji Sarhan, an official in Hamas’ housing ministry, acknowledges, “Donors are starting to get seriously tired. Each time, it’s the same story: during the fighting, houses are destroyed and then rebuilt, before being destroyed again during the following war”. A vicious circle and above all a hopeless reality that some Hamas caciques decidedly prefer to leave behind.

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