It turns out the Hamas-run stock exchange in Gaza is doing a roaring trade.
Body parts from two Israeli soldiers killed in Hamas’s rocket war on Israel’s civilians. These body parts are currently worth 5.4 billion US dollars, and rising.
In June 2014, the terrorist regime of Hamas, the Islamist hardliners who control Gaza with an iron hand, was universally ignored, reviled and sidelined – vilified by Arab Muslim states such as Saudi Arabia and sometimes even attacked by Arab Muslim states such as Egypt.
Desperate for money as the terrorist enclave’s finances collapsed, Hamas fell back on the one course of action it knew always works to ensure that it once again became the focus of the world community’s attention. The ongoing carnage in failed Muslim states such as Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Lebanon be damned.
Hamas deliberately put its own civilians in harm’s way by starting a war it could not hope to win.
Because the Hamas propagandists banked on their intimate knowledge of the knee-jerk reaction of the world community.
And that reaction is what, exactly?
That reaction is one of solid condemnation of the Jewish state every time it takes steps to defend itself from Jihadi Islamist attacks. Hamas knows this. Every time the terrorist group needs attention, money, recognition, it starts a war with Israel.
And as usual, the strategy has worked. In fact, it has exceeded all expectations.
Because when you are playing mind games with the simplest of one-tracked minds – the highly-paid bureaucrats reigning in the upper echelons of the EU, UN and US – you can guarantee their knee-jerk responses to your most vicious behaviour.
So sad that a bunch of primitive Jihadis have so easily got the measure of the highly educated, expensively suited and well-paid theoreticians of the West sitting in the air-conditioned luxury of their plush armchairs.
And the totally predictable result can be seen today.
The new pitiful minority government of Sweden, a country falling apart thanks to its abysmally failed immigration and above all integration policies, has recognised “Palestine” in a transparent bid to buy votes (the country has a 500,000 strong Muslim population) ahead of the next election.
The government of the UK has done likewise – having internalised that all methods of appeasing Islamists must be explored in order to try and delay the continued onslaught of Islamist violence on its streets.
And now the rest of the world community has pledged 5.4 billion dollars (yes, that’s 5.4 BILLION DOLLARS) to Gaza. That is money taken primarily from hardworking, already cash-strapped Europeans and North Americans, and given for free, without any demand for transparency or for a stop to Palestinian Arab anti-Semitic indoctrination, violence, terrorism. It is being given, no strings attached, to the very people who instigated this summer’s violence.
The Islamist terrorists of Hamas and their coalition partners Fatah.
A reward for intransigence, terrorism and pre-civilisation barbarity.
Because even as this money has been pledged and recognition has been awarded, the Palestinian Arabs are bartering with Israel over Jewish body parts, refusing to hand over the remains of two dead Israeli soldiers for decent burial.
There is something particularly sick, particularly barbaric, and particularly evil, about a world community that observes this vicious trade in human body parts and responds by rewarding the criminals with 5.4 billion dollars, no questions asked, no conditions demanded. Even while the macabre bartering is going on. This is how civilisation is supposed to be in the new Islamist-impacted West?
A new start is needed, bringing together the civilised nations of the world under a joint umbrella.
It’s what the United Nations was supposed to be, before it was taken over by a variety of actively anti-democratic, autocratic and non-elected regimes.
The writer is the author of “Bridges Going Nowhere“, a thriller that underscores the complexity and often surprising symbiosity of Swedish-Israeli relations. It can be ordered either as en ebook or as a paperback from Amazon.