IDF General to Gazans: Here Is How Hamas Is Stealing From You

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Hamas terrorists at an anti-Israel rally in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah in February. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

In a social media post, IDF coordinator for Yehudah and Shomron General Yoav Mordechai wrote that if there were any blackouts in Gaza, it was the fault of Hamas – which has been stealing electricity from Gazans and reselling it to line the pockets of terrorists. Over the past 18 days, he wrote, the Gaza Electric Company bought 7 million liters of diesel fuel to power its electric generators. The fuel cost NIS 3 per liter, for a total of NIS 21.1 million.

However, only two thirds of that fuel made it to the actual generators; the rest got “lost” along the way and has turned up in the private market – where it is being sold for NIS 4.37 per liter. The sellers, of course, are Hamas members – meaning that the terrorists who thought up the scam earned some NIS 10 million in just a few weeks.

Mordechai, writing in Arabic in a post aimed at Gaza residents, said that it was just one of a long list of examples of how Hamas is making life miserable for Gazans. “It’s like Robin Hood in reverse – they take from the poor and give to the rich,” he added.

Overnight Sunday, security officials said they arrested nine wanted security suspects in other areas in Yehudah and Shomron. The suspects were wanted for participating in rioting and throwing stones and firebombs that endangered Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers. Several of the suspects were also charged with belonging to Hamas. All were being questioned on their activities by security forces.