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UN: Hamas Police Stole Food, Blankets

From an understanding Associated Press:

Palestinians receive food aid at a United Nations food distribution center in Shati refugee camp in Gaza City, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009.

UN says Hamas seized food aid, blankets in Gaza

By DIAA HADID, Associated Press Writer

JERUSALEM – Hamas police seized thousands of blankets and food parcels meant for the needy in Gaza, the U.N. said Wednesday, a move that could threaten the provision of aid that is essential for more than half of Gaza’s impoverished residents.

Hamas policemen broke into an aid warehouse in Gaza City on Tuesday evening and confiscated 3,500 blankets and more than 4,000 food parcels, said Christopher Gunness, a spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency..

He said police confiscated aid meant for 500 families after U.N. officials refused to voluntarily hand it over to the Hamas-run Ministry of Social Affairs…

Ahmad Kurd, the Hamas Minister of Social Affairs, did not deny the aid had been seized, but countered that the U.N. had been handing out relief to groups tied to Hamas’ opponents.

"UNRWA did not do what it said it would do, and began distributing its aid to groups that tie their activities to political activism," Kurd said Wednesday.

Israeli officials have accused the militant group of routinely confiscating aid meant for needy Gazans. Gunness said this was the first time Hamas had seized its goods since it took control of the territory in 2007.

The U.N. agency provides food, education and health care services to more than half of Gaza’s 1.4 million residents

And the Palestinians wonder why they can’t have nice things.

Still, it’s tough to know who to root for. Hamas or the United Nations?

As if there is any difference.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, February 4th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “UN: Hamas Police Stole Food, Blankets”

  1. Confucius says:

    Hey! Thugs don’t like their stash taken either! Even if it is by other thugs. Thugs are people too, you know!

  2. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    Hamas only seized these goods as a means to further project their power. Using hunger as a weapon is an age old trick. I would like to think of this as a wake up call for the Palestinians to see just who it is they’ve elected. But as I’ve said earlier on previous threads, I’m too much of a cynic to believe that something positive will come of this. Hamas, taking lessons from Herr Goebels, will find some way to blame this all on the Jews.

  3. heykev says:

    This is the sort of Hope and Change we can look forward too if the “stimulus” package is passed. It will make us dependent in the Gov’t forever for our food, education and health care.

  4. beautyofreason says:

    There’s a reason why the Palestinian militants destroyed the profitable greenhouse industry left over when Israeli settlers were removed from Gaza in 2005. Because depending on UN food aid, playing the victim, and using funds received for military arms instead of infrastructure suits Hamas quite well – and their Islamic buddies in Iran and Syria.

  5. BillK says:

    “UNRWA did not do what it said it would do, and began distributing its aid to groups that tie their activities to political activism”

    As opposed to, say, Hamas, which is obviously a non-political humanitarian agency.

  6. rakkasan says:

    ‘No need to probe Hamas because its war crimes are so blatant’
    Human rights groups argued Wednesday that a detailed probe into Hamas’s firing of Kassam rockets at Israeli communities is not necessary, because it constitutes such a “blatant” war crime. By contrast, Israel’s actions are more complex, and therefore do require such investigation, they said.

    Great… so they can write endless reports about how Israel / Joos are bad, but no need to look at Hamas. Just keep that anti-Jew paperwork going!

  7. beautyofreason says:

    I believe you’ll find a similar problems with the BBC’s reporting on Hamas. The day after Israeli forces left, Hamas continued their usual brutality by killing, shooting the knee caps, and gouging out the eyes of Fatah members – 19 dead, 3 blinded, and 60 unable to walk. The report came up in several newspapers, even the San Francisco Chronicle but not the BBC. Yet do any search on the BBC news site for Guantanamo Bay – where 3 guys were “water boarded” – and you’ll find dozens of articles condemning Bush’s policies.

    The liberal press apparently doesn’t care when Arabs kill Arabs or Muslims kill Muslims in the most brutal manner possible – but get an American or Israeli involved for any reason (even self-defense) and the libs throw a hissy fit.

  8. RightWinger says:

    “The U.N. agency provides food, education and health care services to more than half of Gaza’s 1.4 million residents…”

    Sounds like the sort of plan that nObama wants. The US Govt provides food , reeducation and socialized health care to more than half of the US’s 300 million residents.

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