Monday, September 15, 2014

Khaled Abu Toameh: Gaza Landlords Refusing to Rent to Hamas, Official says

by Khaled Abu Toameh

Landlords in the Gaza Strip are refusing to rent out apartments to Hamas members and their families, a senior Hamas official revealed on Sunday.

Musa Abu Marzouk, a political leader of Hamas based in Egypt, said that the phenomenon was “dangerous.”

Abu Marzouk, who recently toured the Gaza Strip, pointed out that landlords were afraid to rent out their apartments out of fear that they would be targeted by Israel in the future.

“The phenomenon of refusing to rent out homes to families of resistance fighters is a dangerous one,” Abu Marzouk wrote on his Facebook page. “The landlords are punishing the resistance fighters and their families.”

He said that Palestinians are indebted to those who made sacrifices for their people, who are required to embrace them. “This is what the occupation wants by targeting the homes of the resistance fighters,” he said.

Earlier this month, dwellers of a high-rise in Gaza City demanded that Hamas evacuate its offices from their building for the same reason.

Families living in the Daoud Tower in Gaza City’s Rimal neighborhood handed the Hamas-controlled Interior Ministry a letter asking it to remove its offices from the building.

The families expressed concern that their tower would be targeted by Israel in the future because of the presence of the Hamas offices.

During Operation Protective Edge, the IDF destroyed three residential towers in Gaza City: Al-Zafer 4, Al-Basha and Italian Complex.

Khaled Abu Toameh


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