Monday 16 July 2012

Hamas demolishing homes in Gaza

Jeff Halper and his buddies at the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions routinely publicise Israel's demolition of Palestinian homes with little or no context provided for the stories.

Israel's Ma'an news agency reports that Gaza's government has begun the demolition of homes in Gaza City, saying they are built on government land.

Abu Al-Abed Abu Omra, whose house is threatened with demolition, told Ma'an that police officers arrived late Saturday night and told residents to evacuate their homes in order to facilitate the demolition.

He said that there are more than 120 families living in the 15-dunams area under threat, near Gaza's Al-Azhar University, and they have been there since 1948.

He called on the Gaza cabinet to provide the families with homes in neighboring area al-Sheikh Ijleen in exchange, which he said had been promised to them.

The families had rejected an offer to move to the southern areas of Deir al-Balah and Karni as they are too close to Israel's dangerous no-go zone surrounding the barrier, he said.

In February after authorities demolished a number of homes in the Hamami neighborhood in Gaza City, a municipality engineer told the US-based Electronic Intifada website that the authorities intended to widen a 40-km coastal road to and install a sewage and water network.

The engineer, Hatem al-Sheikh Khaleil, said the project was in cooperation with the Lands Authority and the Palestine Telecommunication Company, funded by a German grant.

The website quoted municipal officials as saying the al-Rashid coastal road was too narrow to absorb the amount of traffic it receives, especially the in summer.

And the moral of this story is: When Israel knocks down Palestinian homes, Divest, Boycott and Sanction; when Hamas does the same, keep quiet and perhaps no one will notice.

1 comment:

  1. Context? Do share.

    So, are you ok with the Palestinians? Or are you not ok with it? Either way you lose.

    Enjoy your war.