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June 13, 2007

Impeccable Timing - The EU Quietly Moves Towards Resuming Aid to the Hamas Government

With little fanfare the EU has decided to test the waters for resuming aid to the Hamas-dominated Palestinian government. The aid being offered, only 5.3 million dollars, according to a report in the Ottawa Citizen on June 12, is to be provided over the next few years to monitor the "growing flow of donor funds." The timing of the aid announcement was impeccable, coming just as Hamas launches it final push to finish off Fatah in Gaza.

Meanwhile, French foreign ministry officials and a growing chorus of EU MPs are urging the EU to end the sanctions regime against Hamas and resume large-scale budgetary aid the Palestinian government.

The Australian on June 14 notes that only three months ago, Hamas had agreed to a unity government with Fatah "in a bid to break an international aid and economic blockade of the Palestinian Authority put in place after it deposed Fatah in democratic elections in January last year." How ironic it is that the Europeans are moving toward direct funding and recognition of the Hamas-dominated government just as the unity agreement between Hamas and Fatah is unraveling.

Posted by SS at June 13, 2007 02:16 PM


Not ironic at all, although I suspect that was your point. There are quite a few in Europe who advocate the destruction and genocide of Israel and the Israelis. The most recent study on the correlation between antisemitism and anti-Zionism shows what the mix is in Europe.

They want to fund Hamas for the exact same reason that an American skinhead would support them.

It is far past the time to call a spade a spade. If you support the KKK, you are a racist. If you support any neo-Nazi organization, you are a racist. And if you support Hamas or Hezbollah you are an antisemite who supports groups that explicitly call for a Final Solution.

The time for playing Pollyanna and willful ignorance is over. Those who support Hamas are no more innocent than Nazi collaborators. And they should be identified as such.

You simply cannot support an organization dedicated to Jew-killing and remain pure.

Posted by: Daniel Schalit at June 13, 2007 05:08 PM

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