Tuesday, October 11, 2005

 

The Murder of Musa Arafat and the Battle for the Spoils of Gaza - Pinchas Inbari & Dan Diker

This was received from Arlene Kushner

Providing here the summary section of a recent report from the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. It offers insight into the situation in Gaza and the impossibility of securing a stable, civil situation there. Corruption, concern with financial investments, and inter-PA rivalries are all major factors and all typical of the PLO/PA mode of operating. (For many years the PLO has "out-mafia-ed" the mafia.) It should be clear that providing further donations will do nothing to ameliorate this situation, and yet groups such as the EU continue to give and to imagine that it will make a difference.

Mohammad Dahlan, by the way, is a documented terrorist, and must be watched carefully, no matter what titles he may be given today.

Arlene Kushner
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Jerusalem Issue Brief
Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
Institute for Contemporary Affairs
founded jointly with the Wechsler Family Foundation

Vol. 5, No. 6 ? 10 October 2005
The Murder of Musa Arafat and the Battle for the Spoils of Gaza
Pinhas Inbari and Dan Diker


? Israeli assessments have pointed to both Fatah and Hamas as responsible for the murder of Gen. Musa Arafat - security advisor to PA Chairman Mahmud Abbas and former head of Military Intelligence and the National Security forces in Gaza - on September 7, 2005. However, ongoing Palestinian investigations have led some senior officials to assign responsibility to Mohammed Dahlan, the PA Minister of Civil Affairs and former head of PA Preventative Security in Gaza.
? Dahlan's Preventative Security force established local racketeering networks that generated hundreds of thousands of dollars monthly in protection money and from suppliers of gasoline and cigarettes. Dahlan was also accused of receiving kickbacks for issuing licenses and for charging illegal fees for VIP border crossings into Israel.
? Beginning in 1997, taxes collected at the Karni cargo crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip were transferred to a new account controlled personally by Dahlan. Documents captured by the IDF show how Dahlan's Preventative Security force was involved in joint investments in the Gaza construction business, from cement production and gravel import to resort development.
? An unprecedented competition among local Gaza warlords and crime families has broken out over control of Gaza real estate, as well as for hundreds of millions of dollars in international financial investment and aid earmarked for infrastructure development. According to Palestinian assessments, the market price of Gaza land adjacent to the evacuated Jewish settlements has risen from approximately $52,000 dollars per acre just six months ago to $300,000 per acre near the Gaza coast.
? At present, all international investment activities in Gaza are subject to the ultimate control of local warlords and terror groups. The current instability in Gaza and the West Bank makes it virtually impossible for foreign investment and, to a degree, foreign aid to be managed transparently and distributed properly. The security problems in Gaza do not emanate from the Hamas-Fatah rivalry alone, but also from an internal crisis within Fatah that pits one Palestinian security organization against another.

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