Haniyeh supports independent body to supervise Gaza aid

PA cracks down on Hamas-affiliated journalists in West Bank.

January 27, 2009 23:37
2 minute read.
Haniyeh supports independent body to supervise Gaza aid

Haniyeh nice 248.88. (photo credit: AP)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh announced on Tuesday that his government supported the idea of establishing an independent body that would supervise reconstruction work in the Gaza Strip with the help of the international community. Haniyeh said in a statement that Hamas supported a proposal by Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa to establish an independent body that would comprise Palestinians and Arabs to deal with the financial aid earmarked for the Gaza Strip. "My government will facilitate the work of such a body," Haniyeh said. "Our goal now is to alleviate the suffering of our people. We have no plans to receive the financial aid because we want to help reach this goal." Haniyeh has been in hiding since the beginning of Operation Cast Lead. His aides said that he would reappear only after a cease-fire with Israel is formally reached. Kuwait said on Tuesday that it would not channel funds to the Gaza Strip through the Palestinian Authority leadership in Ramallah. Instead, the Kuwaiti government will deposit the financial aid with the Arab Development Fund, an independent body consisting of representatives of different Arab countries. The decision came at the request of a number of Kuwaiti parliamentarians who said that they don't trust Abbas and PA Prime Minister Salaam Fayad because of reports about financial corruption in the PA. Meanwhile, PA security forces in the West Bank have arrested five Palestinian journalists in the past week as part of an ongoing massive crackdown on Hamas supporters and members. In a separate development, Fatah gunmen in Nablus set fire to a car belonging to Prof. Abdel Sattar Kassam, a former presidential candidate and outspoken critic of the PA leadership. A Fatah militia operating in Nablus issued a statement in which it claimed responsibility for the torching of the car. The PA security forces in the city said they have launched an investigation. It was the second time that Kassam's car had been torched in recent years. The political science professor was recently detained by the PA security forces on charges of expressing solidarity with Hamas during Operation Cast Lead and criticizing PA President Mahmoud Abbas and his senior aides. One of the journalists arrested by the PA security forces is Khaled Amayreh, a resident of Hebron who has long been reporting about financial corruption in the PA. Amayreh was arrested on suspicion of being affiliated with Hamas and Islamic Jihad, a PA security commander told The Jerusalem Post. "His arrest had nothing to do with the fact that he's a journalist," the commander said. "He was arrested because of his links to Islamic organizations." Amayreh spent 55 hours in a cell inside a prison belonging to the PA's much-feared Preventative Security Service in Hebron. He said that while he himself had not been physically abused, he heard the screams of other detainees who were apparently being tortured. The other four journalists who were arrested by various branches of the PA security forces work for Hamas's Al-Aksa television station. One of them, Samer Khawireh, was arrested on Sunday for reporting about the torching of Kassam's car in Nablus. Ahmed al-Bikawi, the station's correspondent in Jenin, was arrested on Monday by agents belonging to the PA's Military Intelligence Service in the West Bank. Also this week, the PA security forces briefly detained Ibrahim al-Rantisi, who works for Al-Aksa TV in Ramallah, and Mamdouh Hamamreh, the station's reporter in Bethlehem. Rantisi and Hamamreh were released after being questioned about their alleged ties to Hamas.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks to supporters in Pittsburgh
May 25, 2019
Bernie Sanders refuses to apologize for condemning armed conflict with Iran