The Lights Go Out in Gaza
The European Union has stopped paying for Gaza’s electricity.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Electricity in Gaza on Monday became the latest battleground in the struggle between the coastal strip’s Islamic Hamas rulers and their Fatah rivals, who have accused Hamas of pocketing electricity revenues.
The losers are hundreds of thousands of Gazans, who have been plunged into darkness as European donors cut off key electricity aid.
On Sunday, the European Union stopped paying for fuel to power generators that produce electricity for at least half of Gaza’s population of 1.4 million. On Monday, it said the payments would not resume because it had received word that Hamas was “diverting” electricity revenues.
“We are ready to resume our support to the Gaza power plant within hours once we receive the appropriate assurances that all the funds will be exclusively used for the benefit of the Gaza population,” the European Commission — the EU’s executive branch — said in a statement.
Imagine that. A terrorist gang that also steals. What’s this world coming to?