Hamas 5.4 Billion:Ebola 1 Billion

Based on the amount of time, energy and money that we have put into Ebola and Hamas, it is clear that the United Nations is more concerned about propping up a terrorist organization, Hamas, the party voted into power in Gaza, the party that has been the aggressor in three wars against Israel, than tackling the scourge if Ebola, a disease no one sought, that can potentially kill millions of Africans in countries trying so hard to get on their feet.

The UN has raised 5 billion plus to rebuild Gaza, for the third time. Gaza was destroyed because Hamas attacked Israel with thousands of rockets and then kidnapped and brutally murdered three Jewish students in Judea/Samaria as if Jews had no right to be there. Israel finally responded.

Hamas had taken all the other money that had been previously donated by the UN, the EU the USA and built terror tunnels rather than the promised infrastructure: schools, mosques hospitals, and residences. Despite the history of abuse of donations, the UN rewarded their terrorism by raising more money for “rebuilding.” At the same time, the UN and in particular, Obama and Kerry are suggesting that the ISIS terrorists are the result of a lack of a peace treaty between Israel, a democracy, and Gaza a terrorist run theocracy.

A non-sequitur, and in any other situation a non-starter.

I find myself questioning the priorities of these organizations. If they felt as strongly about the death and destruction in West Africa, brought on by a natural disaster, as they do for the Gazans-who are the architects of their own misfortune, they would match the aid. Yet, Gaza is to receive 5 times the amount of aid planned for Western Africa for the Ebola outbreak.

Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende, said pledges of $5.4 billion have been made to Gaza but that only half of that money would be “dedicated” to the reconstruction of the coastal strip. I didn’t catch where the rest would go.

Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah denounced the “international silence” that surrounded Gaza’s destruction while pledging $1 billion.

The United Arab Emirates – a Gulf Arab rival of Qatar – promised $200 million.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s announced the immediate American assistance of $212 million. The European Union pledged $568 million, and Turkey was donating $200 million.

Throughout Operation Protective Edge, Israel provided humanitarian aid to Gaza, and set up a field hospital to treat injured Gazans.  “When Hamas is concerned about certain patients for personal reasons, they have no problem allowing them to go to Israeli hospitals, but when we established a field hospital during the war, Hamas refused to send injured people to that hospital for treatment,”

Judith Barnett a lawyer and international trade consultant for global companies looking to grow in the Middle East, former senior U.S. government official and a member of the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy wrote in al Jazeera-mouthpiece of Qatar -that a Marshall Plan is required to stabilize the area. “Gaza is arguably in the same or worse economic shape today as Europe was after the war. Nearly 70 percent of the population lives below the poverty line, per capita GDP is $ 3,460, and unemployment hovers around 45 percent. In contrast, Gaza’s neighbors are in another economic dimension. For example, Israel’s per capita income is 10 times Gaza’s per capita GDP.”

She suggests “The U.S. Department of Agriculture and its counterparts in Europe could join with the best global agri-companies to send expert teams to train farmers in agricultural best practices.” If she bothered to learn her history she would have known that Gaza was the recipient of  greenhouses when Israel unilaterally left.

Hamas is not asked to be responsible for anything that happens in Gaza. It’s someone else’s responsibility. Here’s U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

“We must not lose sight of the root causes of the recent hostilities: A restrictive occupation that has lasted almost half a century, the continued denial of Palestinian rights and the lack of tangible progress in peace negotiations.”

And EU negotiator Catherine Ashton said:

“I want to stress one more time that the solution for Gaza cannot be found in Gaza alone. Only a credible resumption of the peace negotiations can allow for a durable solution to the current crisis…This must be the last time in which the international community is called upon to rebuild Gaza.”

She’s right. This must be the last time Hamas is rewarded for attacking Israel.

This is the 3rd war that Gaza has started since 2008. The UN the EU and America, in particular, have not demanded that Hamas stop attacking Israel so that Israel will have the confidence to open the borders. And as of this writing, Hamas claims to be rehabilitating the tunnels.  What other war ever ended with the aggressor not agreeing to lay down arms before being rebuilt?

But what of Africa? Where are the tears for people who are dying by the thousands-not by war or terrorism, but by disease. There are predictions that more than a million souls will contract the illness by January 2015, 10,000 new cases a week by December and there is a 70% mortality rate.

Seventy percent-700,000 citizens-men, women children could conceivably die through no fault of their own.

The UN is seeking $1billion for an Ebola trust fund, to provide a flexible source of back-up money to contain Ebola. Donors have only given $400 million to UN agencies and aid organisations, following an appeal launched in September for $988 million.

Notable in the list of countries donating to the Ebola is the absence of Saudi Arabia and Turkey. The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and Islamic Development Bank are organising a conference on November 5 in Jeddah.

But Israel has once again gone to the aid of those in need.

Ambassador Ron Prosor said to the members of the Security Council on the Ebola crisis: “We must never lose sight of the fact that behind every statistic is a person who is suffering with a family that is also suffering.” And he informed them “Israel stands ready to join an international task force to combat the Ebola outbreak.  In the meantime, we have sent emergency funding to Sierra Leone and medical supplies to Ethiopia.  We have also coordinated with the World Health Organization and sent experts in public health and infectious diseases to Cameroon. They have trained dozens of doctors, nurses and other medical staff from six different hospitals on how to prevent and contain the disease. Israeli NGOs are now preparing to send another team to Sierra Leone.”

Someone please explain to me why the UN, EU and America have pledged 5 times more money to Gaza,( a country whose 1.8 million citizens elected a terrorist organization for their government) than pledged to Western Africa; Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea  with a population of more than 20 million people trying to survive a natural disaster that can take 70% of its population.

About the Author
Diane Weber Bederman is a multi-faith, hospital trained chaplain who lives in Ontario, Canada, just outside Toronto; She has a background in science and the humanities and writes about religion in the public square and mental illness on her blog: The Middle Ground:The Agora of the 21st Century. She is a regular contributor to Convivium: Faith in our Community. "