Arab Politics Slows Rebuilding in Gaza

(Wall Street Journal) Rory Jones and Abubakr Bashir - Political differences among wealthy Arab Gulf states have played a large role in who gets to rebuild their lives in Gaza after last year's war between Hamas and Israel. Abdelraziq Harara was fortunate - he received aid from Qatar and has nearly rebuilt his home. His brother Jihad, who lived next door, is still waiting for relief funds promised by Kuwait. Qatar supports Hamas, while Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have grown more aggressive in their opposition to Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups. But Qatar won't shell out more cash in Gaza until other donors step up efforts to fulfill their pledges. The UAE is funneling some of its assistance through Mohammed Dahlan, a Hamas political rival, while Kuwait is working with the Palestinian Authority.

2015-12-31 00:00:00

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