Time has come to put end to Bank of Israel fund transfers to Gaza Strip murderers
by Orna Shimoni
Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer, who was honored as the world's best bank governor, is the main party who exerts pressure in favor of fund transfers to Hamas. He is the one who saved the terror group from collapsing, continues to rehabilitate it, and also prevents the collapse of Gaza Strip banks.
The dollars transferred to Gaza by Fischer are used to murder us. With our own hands, we facilitate the killing of our sons, through the ceaseless transfer of cash to the Hamas state.
Ever since the organization took over Gaza in 2007, billions of dollars have been transferred to the Strip. About 80% of this cash is handed over to the terror group's leadership in order to finance its arms smuggling operations. These funds, some of which are transferred to Gaza legally, via bank transfers, enable the Hamas government to pay its monthly salaries.
After all, training and educating martyrs, running Qassam production lines, or testing long-range weapons isn't cheap. Who knows what else is being hidden in Gaza's weapons warehouses. Yet the State of Israel, under Fischer's pressure, continues to let the money which finances this system pour into Gaza uninterruptedly.
We keep on hearing the regular excuses: After all, this isn't our money, we must hand it over, and so on. Yet the most prevalent excuse is also the most dangerous one: Stopping fund-transfers to Gaza is illegal.
Is Gaza a friendly country?
Stanley Fischer, the world's best bank governor, I have some questions for you: Is it legal to bomb Gaza-region communities for 11 years now? Is it legal to sow fear among Sderot's residents and fire Qassams at children playing in their backyard? Is it legal to ignore the fact that UNWRA funds handed over by Israel are used by Hamas and its killers? Is it legal to send our sons to fight an enemy whose weapons we supplied? Does the law really require Israel to transfer funds to Gaza?
Israel has already designated Gaza as a hostile terror entity, so why do we keep working vis-à-vis Gaza's banking system? Is Gaza a friendly country? Fischer already announced, back in 2006, that he will only hand over funds to Gaza as long as Hamas adheres to understandings with Israel. So why does he keep on pouring money into the Strip, despite rockets being fired at Israel all the time?
I cannot understand the silence of Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who approves fund-transfers to Gaza; I also cannot understand the silence of Foreign Ministry officials, and the silence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. When asked about the Gilad Shalit swap, I say that we already have a readily available weapon against Hamas: Terminating its cash supply.
So I'm urging the world's best bank governor: Stop the fund-transfers to Hamas. Yours and Israel's economy would not be boosted via the blood of our sons.
More Quotes About "Palestine"
"There is no such country as Palestine. 'Palestine' is a term the Zionists invented. There is no Palestine in the Bible. Our country was for centuries part of Syria. 'Palestine' is alien to us. It is the Zionists who introduced it".
- Auni Bey Abdul-Hadi, Syrian Arab leader to British Peel Commission, 1937 -
"There is no such thing as Palestine in history, absolutely not".
- Professor Philip Hitti, Arab historian, 1946 -
"It is common knowledge that Palestine is nothing but Southern Syria".
- Representant of Saudi Arabia at the United Nations, 1956 -
Concerning the Holy Land, the chairman of the Syrian Delegation at the Paris Peace Conference in February 1919 stated:
"The only Arab domination since the Conquest in 635 c.e. hardly lasted, as such, 22 years".
"There is not a solitary village throughout its whole extent (valley of Jezreel, Galilea); not for thirty miles in either direction... One may ride ten miles hereabouts and not see ten human beings. For the sort of solitude to make one dreary, come to Galilee... Nazareth is forlorn... Jericho lies a mouldering ruin... Bethlehem and Bethany, in their poverty and humiliation... untenanted by any living creature... A desolate country whose soil is rich enough, but is given over wholly to weeds... a silent, mournful expanse... a desolation... We never saw a human being on the whole route... Hardly a tree or shrub anywhere. Even the olive tree and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil had almost deserted the country... Palestine sits in sackcloth and ashes... desolate and unlovely...".
- Mark Twain, "The Innocents Abroad", 1867 -
"In 1590 a 'simple English visitor' to Jerusalem wrote: 'Nothing there is to bescene but a little of the old walls, which is yet remayning and all the rest is grasse, mosse and weedes much like to a piece of rank or moist grounde'.".
- Gunner Edward Webbe, Palestine Exploration Fund,
Quarterly Statement, p. 86; de Haas, History, p. 338 -
"The land in Palestine is lacking in people to till its fertile soil".
- British archaeologist Thomas Shaw, mid-1700s -
"Palestine is a ruined and desolate land".
- Count Constantine François Volney, XVIII century French author and historian -
"The Arabs themselves cannot be considered but temporary residents. They pitched their tents in its grazing fields or built their places of refuge in its ruined cities. They created nothing in it. Since they were strangers to the land, they never became its masters. The desert wind that brought them hither could one day carry them away without their leaving behind them any sign of their passage through it".
- Comments by Christians concerning the Arabs in Palestine in the 1800s -
"Then we entered the hill district, and our path lay through the clattering bed of an ancient stream, whose brawling waters have rolled away into the past, along with the fierce and turbulent race who once inhabited these savage hills. There may have been cultivation here two thousand years ago. The mountains, or huge stony mounds environing this rough path, have level ridges all the way up to their summits; on these parallel ledges there is still some verdure and soil: when water flowed here, and the country was thronged with that extraordinary population, which, according to the Sacred Histories, was crowded into the region, these mountain steps may have been gardens and vineyards, such as we see now thriving along the hills of the Rhine. Now the district is quite deserted, and you ride among what seem to be so many petrified waterfalls. We saw no animals moving among the stony brakes; scarcely even a dozen little birds in the whole course of the ride".
- William Thackeray in "From Jaffa To Jerusalem", 1844 -
"The country is in a considerable degree empty of inhabitants and therefore its greatest need is of a body of population".
- James Finn, British Consul in 1857 -
"The area was underpopulated and remained economically stagnant until the arrival of the first Zionist pioneers in the 1880's, who came to rebuild the Jewish land. The country had remained "The Holy Land" in the religious and historic consciousness of mankind, which associated it with the Bible and the history of the Jewish people. Jewish development of the country also attracted large numbers of other immigrants - both Jewish and Arab. The road leading from Gaza to the north was only a summer track suitable for transport by camels and carts... Houses were all of mud. No windows were anywhere to be seen... The plows used were of wood... The yields were very poor... The sanitary conditions in the village [Yabna] were horrible... Schools did not exist... The rate of infant mortality was very high... The western part, toward the sea, was almost a desert... The villages in this area were few and thinly populated. Many ruins of villages were scattered over the area, as owing to the prevalence of malaria, many villages were deserted by their inhabitants".
- The report of the British Royal Commission, 1913 -