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The Gazan double standard

18 July 2012

2:45 PM

18 July 2012

2:45 PM

The journalist Tom Gross notes a story that you may have missed.  One hundred and twenty families in Gaza have lost their homes.

‘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.


Abu Al-Abed Abu Omra, whose house is threatened with demolition, told Ma’an that Hamas security police arrived late on a Saturday night and told residents to evacuate their homes in order to facilitate the demolition.
He said that more than 120 families living in a 15-dunams area near Gaza’s Al-Azhar University are under threat, though they have been living there since 1948.

In February, as reported on this email list, Hamas demolished a number of homes in the Hamami neighborhood in Gaza City.’

I cannot seem to find a single British paper which has picked up this story.

When is a house being pulled down not news?  When it’s not Jews doing it, of course.

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