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Palestinians try to Profit of Gaza War, Hamas Police Stop Them

Even when things couldn’t get worse in Gaza, some Palestinian business owners and merchants decide to increase prices dramatically higher in order to profit from this war. The Hamas police force has stopped many merchants after complaints from customers. The reality is, there are bad Muslims. Very bad Muslims who even at times of war try to take from their brothers and sisters when they are in need.

Full article below:

Battered Hamas police struggle to keep order amid chaos

By AHMED AL BURAI in Gaza City, and MUHAMMED AL JAMAL in Rafah
GAZA CITY police have redeployed in force as Hamas works to maintain law and order in the Gaza Strip amid the prolonged Israeli air assault.

But many of the officers on patrol are now wearing civilian clothing and carrying sticks rather than guns to avoid being targeted by Israeli warplanes.

“We are trying to cope with the situation,” said one officer Abu Ahmed (47). “It’s not easy to work under the current situation but we have no other option but to keep working.”

In addition to maintaining the peace among an increasingly desperate, heavily armed population, police are arresting merchants suspected of profiteering – all the while keeping a vigilant eye on the skies.

“We are used to this, we have to keep our peoples’ lives safe,” said officer Mojammed Abo Hwaishel. And besides, he adds, “The streets are safer than the buildings nowadays.”

Nearly half the Palestinians killed since the Israeli attacks began on Saturday have been police, according to spokesman Islam Shahwan, who says most of the 180 dead officers were killed in the initial strike. “All of our security compounds in the Gaza Strip were destroyed or seriously damaged,” he adds.

In all, Hamas, which has controlled Gaza since mid-2007, has an estimated 20,000-strong security force composed of the standard police force, Protection and Security, a force similar to the Secret Service, and Internal Security, an intelligence and interrogation squad with a rising reputation for brutality.

Many security force members also moonlight as part of the Izzedine Qassam Brigades, Hamas’s military wing. The actual casualty figures haven’t made a huge dent in Hamas’s forces. But the Israeli attack has disrupted communications, gutted most security facilities and left leading officials of the senior command structure dead.

Now the police are back in force with a mandate to prevent looting and crack down on profiteering. In the western Gaza city of Rafah, a young man selling kerosene was approached by three police officers, who demanded he lower his price from five Israeli shekels (about €1) down to four. He refused, so the officer called in reinforcements and the merchant backed down, according to residents who witnessed the incident.

Elsewhere in Rafah, residents complained that a flour merchant was boosting his prices above the official ceiling. Several police arrived at his store in civilian garb. They warned the merchant he risked confiscation of his flour if the complaints persisted.

One of the most immediate tests to police authority came Monday when a blood feud erupted between two heavily armed families in Rafah. After two members of the same clan were murdered in a dispute, the victims’ family set fire to several homes belonging to the alleged killers’ clan.

Police intervened en masse, established order and brought in neighbourhood elders, known locally as mukhtars, to host a reconciliation session and negotiate compensation. – (Los Angeles Times-Washington Post service)

Source: Irish Times


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  • 8 Responses for "Palestinians try to Profit of Gaza War, Hamas Police Stop Them"

    1. Siraaj Muhammad January 7th, 2009 at 1:07 pm

      May Allah subhaana wa ta’aala accept the police officers who died amongst the shuhadaa, aameen.

      It’s so ridiculous, when Israel targeted and murdered all the new graduates from the police officers, they were saying this is part of Hamas, but what a bunch of idiots, police are a civilian force, not a military force.

      Siraaj

    2. farooq January 7th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

      Masha Allah see how great it is to have Muslim leaders and governments who only fear Allah. No wander why capitalistic America wants them dead, they want to raise there prices

    3. Fayza January 7th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

      sallam mujahideen ryder,

      i found this video on hahmed.com, and i think you would be interested in watching it. its about the U.S. funding Israeli weapons used ot kill Palestinians with tax dollars. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Faf_nV8nE8U

    4. anon January 9th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

      This is why the Palestinians are being beaten. As long as this sort of behavior continues, Allah will punish us. The Palestinians sold their land to the Jews when their Khaalifaah told them not to. And now, they want this money which is haraam.

      If a person’s money is haraam, their duas are not answered. That is from a well-known hadith.

    5. Eudaemonion January 10th, 2009 at 12:37 am

      Salaams.

      Hang on.

      A merchant increases his prices, and he is a villian!

      A Policeman comes out from nowhere, and threatens violence if the price is not brought down, he is a hero!

      How is this moral? How does the money earned become Haraam?

    6. AbdullahBR January 10th, 2009 at 3:21 am

      This is hardly the “Palestinians” fault during the times of the Khalifa. You forgetting that we are split into very small, very weak, very retarded little nations that will kill it’s own citizens if they were to head out to fight for Gaza? You forgetting all the events that led to this situation of the Muslim Ummah? Most importantly, there were no “Palestinians” at the time of the Khalifa… we were just Muslims back then.

      I think the money becomes haram when you make it impossible for people dying of hunger to buy bread just because you want to make an extra shekel, especially during war time… but I can’t make a fatwa. During war time, mass famine, and starvation… do you want the policeman to take the guy to court and leave all those people out there in desperate need of bread to die from hunger?

      The Zionist pigs will come to an end… it is not a matter of if…. it is a matter of when. Ya Allah give patience to our fighters and brothers and sisters in Gaza ya rab, give them your victory, give them justice.

    7. anon January 11th, 2009 at 10:37 am

      I hardly think the post published that article with the best intentions…jus saying

    8. Eudaemonion January 11th, 2009 at 11:08 am

      What the policeman did was thuggery, pure and simple. The gasoline does not belong to the policeman, or any potential customer. It belongs to the vendor. If he wants to make it difficult for people to buy his products, that is his prerogative. He’ll either have to make the price affordable, or go out of business.

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