by Michael Rubin
The indefatigable Tom Gross highlights this story compiled from the Palestinian press:
Ma’an and other Palestinian news agencies report that the Hamas government in Gaza has renewed its policy of demolishing the homes of Palestinian families in order to seize land for government use. 120 families are to lose their homes in the latest round of demolitions – a far greater number than the number of illegally built Palestinian homes Israel has demolished in recent years – and unlike Israeli authorities, Hamas doesn’t even claim these homes were built illegally or with dangerous structures. Yet western media and human rights groups have been virtually silent about these destructions of Palestinian homes by Hamas.
As Gross points out, this past February, Hamas undertook another wave of demolitions in Gaza City’s Hamami neighborhood. Maybe Hamas leaders need land to build more luxury villas like their PLO predecessors did. Perhaps it’s time for Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and others to show they really stand on principle, and aren’t simply using the Israel-Palestinian conflict to score cheap political points or, in the case of Human Rights Watch, advance their prospects for fundraising in Saudi Arabia.Michael Rubin
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