Barry Shaw: Take Israel Out of the Equation and Listen to a Palestinian Leader

Barry Shaw,
International Public Diplomacy Director at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies

Abu Safiyeh, is a representative of the PLO’s Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) in the Gaza Strip. He was arrested after he published a Facebook post criticizing Hamas’s corruption.

Here are some of the things he wrote that got him thrown into Palestinian prison by Hamas:
“Fifteen years ago, Hamas raised the slogan of ‘Islam is the solution’ — the solution to liberate all Palestine and not give up an inch;
the solution to eliminate cronyism and corruption;
the solution to bring economic and social security;
the solution to a happy and enjoyable life.
Hamas came to power through deception and after having misled the people. Now, there is rampant corruption [under Hamas]. The corruption is in all institutions, including the judiciary and the police.
Today, the corruption is organized and managed by Hamas.
The corruption is at the top of the pyramid. It is the corruption of politics, the corruption in the administration, the corruption in employment, the corruption in relief aid.
As for economic security, this is a major calamity that befell the Palestinian people in Gaza. Palestinians are lamenting their poverty.
There are no businessmen left. They have either been arrested for unpaid debts or have fled the Gaza Strip, or are standing in line to receive relief aid.
As for Hamas officials and their affiliates, they have become owners of real estate, agencies and companies.”
This is the real situation of those living under Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Take Israel out of the equation and address the root cause of the hatred, conflict, destitution and hopelessness of people deprived, by their own corrupt dictators, of any hope for peace or prosperity.

Please learn this lesson and share it with others!

Barry Shaw

Barry Shaw is the Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies. He is also the author of ‘Fighting Hamas, BDS and Anti-Semitism’ and ‘BDS for IDIOTS’ both available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle.

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