Uproar in Gaza as Abbas rejects new electricity lines to address power crisis

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Israel’s Channel 10 television station said this week that the chairman of the Palestinian Authority (PA), Mahmoud Abbas has rejected a proposal to build Gaza new electricity lines to support the power sector in the impoverished coastal enclave. The project reportedly received Israeli consent, but failed to get the green light from the PA. The Israeli station added that everything was ready and agreed about, until the PA declared its position of thwarting the plan without explanation.

Qatar has pledged to fund the project in an attempt to mitigate the severe power crisis in Gaza since 2006, when Hamas achieved a landslide victory in the Palestinian Legislative elections. European companies expressed willingness to implement the Qatar plan yet, the PA has intentionally missed the chance of substantially decrease the impact of the power crisis inside the Palestinian society in Gaza.

Hamas criticized Abbas for rejecting the long-awaited project. “Abbas is not willing to miss any occasion in which he can stave off his political foes, even if it is done at the expense of his people. This does not make difference with him at all,”Hamas spokesman Sami Abu-Zohri told Mondoweiss.

Abu-Zohri added that Abbas would not hesitate to torment his own people to achieve his ultimate purpose of strangling Hamas in Gaza as part of his political game. “He is switching roles with the Israeli occupation to strengthen and foster the blockade,” he said.

Abbas’s policy toward Gaza

Since Hamas took control in Gaza in 2007, Mahmoud Abbas has neglected the region resulting in multiple crises on nearly all facets of life. Fayz Au-Shamalah, a Palestinian commentator, told Mondoweiss, “He wants the Palestinians in Gaza to draw a comparison between their significantly deteriorating conditions under Hamas, and the good living conditions in the West Bank under his rule. Unfortunately, that is his logic.”

This has led Abbas to collude with Israel and Egypt to make the siege on Gaza more relentless. “Israel stated that it was Abbas who asked the Egyptians to flood Gaza’s smuggling tunnels. And he said himself that it is a right of Egypt’s to close Rafah crossing whenever it wants in accordance with its national security,” he added.

The Palestinian internal division is also to be blamed for the failure to impediment many foreign initiatives to help the Palestinian people. “Our friends do not know to whom they should go to carry out their plans that aim in easing the blockade on Gaza,”Au-Shamalah said.

Organizing the internal Palestinian house is an absolute priority, and it is up to the leaders of the Palestinian people to complete the reconciliation once and forever. “We should be one hand then we can struggle to take our rights,” Au-Shamalah concluded.

Most of the Palestinian parties have demanded Abbas explain his stance toward fixing Gaza’s acute power crisis.

Hani Thawabta, a leader at the Palestinian Front for Liberation Palestine (PFLP) demanded that Abbas clarify his stance over the issue if he is interested in answering the growing accusations made against him in the Palestinian street. He said that it could not be tolerated for Abbas to cause more problem in Gaza because of malicious political interests.

Political Crisis

The electricity crisis in Gaza is part of the Israeli blockade imposed on the region since 2007. Also, in 2006 Israel shelled the only electricity station in Gaza and caused serious damage. During the summer conflict in 2014, a lot of electricity lines and gas stations were also hit by the Israeli military jets.

Fathi Khalil, the deputy of the Energy Authority based in Gaza says the crisis is clearly political. “Whenever we discuss ideas to combat the crisis and lessen its impact, we are faced with many barriers from all sides,” he said. He recalls when they discussed a plan to generate electricity through the solar power Israel rejected it calling it “inefficient” without even giving it a try.

As if that is not enough for Gaza, the Palestinian government in Ramallah imposes high taxes on the electricity company in Gaza, which has loaded it with huge debts.

The Palestinian official added that Gaza needs about 500 megawatt on daily basis, but is only currently allowed to have 220. This has resulted in long hours of power outage that sometimes reach 12 hours a day.

Gaza has three main sources of electricity. The Israeli lines provide 120 mw, and Egypt provides a mount that does not exceed 50 mw to the southern areas in the strip, like Rafah. The local station in Gaza can hardly generate 60 mw due to the lack of gas needed in operating the station. It has four generators, only two of them can be operated.

According to Abu-Zohri, Abbas is succeeding in being viewed not only a political failure, but also ethical failure in the collective Palestinian awareness as he has failed to be at the side of his people yet another time.

About Isra Saleh El-Namy

Isra Saleh El-Namy is a journalist in Gaza.

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  1. Talkback
    March 5, 2016, 1:19 am

    He’s a monster, but he’s our monster!

  2. Kay24
    March 5, 2016, 1:37 am

    Abbas has been a dismal failure. He has let his people down, time and time again. It would be interesting to know why he has rejected the badly needed offer of electricity, which results in the people struggling and having to do without. Time for Abbas to go, and the Palestinian people must have a stronger leader, who will push hard for the occupation to end, and stop giving in to the occupier. Abbas seems to be too compliant to the zionists.

    • echinococcus
      March 5, 2016, 8:10 am

      Excuse me, Kay, why would you call him “a failure”?

      He has done exactly as required by his bosses, i.e. the Zionist entity, and his sponsor, the Zionist-owned US of A. He was hired to replace, and perhaps also to get rid of, his predecessor who felt too constrained in the exclusive role of Zionist entity puppet expressly hired to repress Palestinian resistance and appease public opinion, nothing more. With no differences to mention with regard to the many preceding examples of Nazi-collaborationist traitors we know so well from WWII.

      Since the start of the Oslo treason, this Quisling deal has been as visible as the Statue from Battery Park on a clear day. Everyone with a minimum of logic has been repeating it. I can’t understand how so many fell for the gossamer-thin fig leaf act of shyster noises with no follow-up played at the UN, except for the enormous propaganda ability of the Zionists.

      One thing, though, nobody can accuse Abbas and his PA of is to have failed. They have been admirable, they have delivered in every respect, including some marginal and suicidal individual resistance and a minimum of pretend-disagreements with their bosses. Not to mention the murder, no matter by whose hand, of thousands of resisting Palestinians.

      • Kay24
        March 5, 2016, 10:03 pm

        Okay, he is a failure when it comes to achieving freedom for his people, and standing up to their rights.

      • Mayhem
        March 6, 2016, 7:01 pm

        @echinococcus, you clearly belong to the camp that uses lies and propaganda steeped in anti-semitism to advance your cause. Likening the actions of Jews to those of the Nazis is one typical foul tactic that is commonly exploited by anti-semites especially keen to drive a knife into the Zionist soul.[..]

      • eljay
        March 6, 2016, 7:29 pm

        || Mayhem: … Likening the actions of Jews to those of the Nazis is one typical foul tactic that is commonly exploited by anti-semites … ||

        Contrary to the assertions of your co-collectivist, JeffB, (the) Jews should not be held accountable for the actions of hateful and immoral Zio-supremacists like you. But the actions of hateful and immoral Zio-supremacists like you rightfully can and should be likened to those of hateful and immoral Nazis.

        Like all Zio-supremacists, you consistently do:
        – nothing to advocate justice, accountability and equality in I-P; and
        – everything to justify, defend and/or excuse the past and on-going (war) criminal behaviour of your co-collectivists and your oppressive, colonialist, expansionist and religion-supremacist state.

      • Mooser
        March 6, 2016, 8:45 pm

        “you clearly belong to the camp that uses lies and propaganda steeped in anti-semitism to advance your cause. Likening the actions of Jews to those of the Nazis is one typical foul tactic that is commonly exploited by anti-semites especially keen to drive a knife into the Zionist soul.”

        “Mayhem” do you have any practical plan to deal with these things? Just telling people not to do them won’t work.

        “Mayhem” listen to me. When we made (and more especially because of how we made it) such a thing as “the Jewish State”, all we did was make Judaism, Jewishness, and Jews fit subjects for political speech. That can be quite rough, and there’s nothing can be done about it. Does anybody control the way you talk about “Arabs” and Palestinians? I doubt it, right? You get to say whatever you want, right? Okay, expect the same, and more, about Judaism, Jews and Jewishness. If somebody told you positing the Zionist colonial project in Palestine as something “Jewish” would confer on it some of the considerations, or even protections, afforded to religion, and speech about religion well, Mayhem, they were feeding you a line of crap.
        So you better learn to deal with what Zionism allows people to say about us. Sorry. Or stop doing some of the things that make people talk like that. You could do that. If you were, like, you know, really worried about it, instead of, well, appearing to sort of take a perverted pride in it. But don’t say I didn’t say so.

      • Mooser
        March 6, 2016, 8:56 pm

        “wilfully censoring posts”

        Just start your own blog. All those problems go away, and you can censor, moderate, ban and/or delete at your will.
        Just think how good you’ll feel deleting Annie’s first comment, or mine! How can you lose?
        Just think how you can treat “Phil” or “eljay” or any of them! Ban ’em!

      • Annie Robbins
        March 6, 2016, 9:40 pm

        mayhem can’t keep from complaining about how he can’t link to daniel pipes and other hate sites. phff.

      • Mooser
        March 6, 2016, 8:58 pm

        “another example of Islamic mayhem in the context of the Middle East.”

        “Islamic mayhem”. That must be your Palestinian brother.

        “interminable strife which is what MW strives on.”

        Onward and upward, always striving. Thriving, too, I hear. “Mayhem”, Bubele, you are just so precious.

      • echinococcus
        March 6, 2016, 10:36 pm

        I must acknowledge that Mayhem (bless the seer who named him back then) is right: in fact, I must profusely apologize for missing huge differences. The Nazi spoke German, while the Zionists, born mostly German-speaking, did everything to stamp out its use and replace it with a constructed language. The Nazis destroyed Europe, while the Zionists are improving the Middle East (not the same place!) by bringing there devastation and American Democracy, lovingly offered by the hand of impoverished rural US and Latino youth –the precious Brooklyners being saved for the most moral occupation and genocide of all times. Finally, how silly of me not to see and declare that the Nazis used ovens for accelerated processing. The most moral Zionists have not. Yet.

      • Mayhem
        March 7, 2016, 8:13 am

        @Robbins, you talk about hate sites. MW takes the cake. And moreover if you don’t like what I say and you prevent me from expressing myself (censorship), you create an environment that resembles what you find in the Middle East outside of Israel. Have you ever been to Israel or do you rely on what you hear from your confederates? Do you believe that dishonesty is going to win your cause?

      • Mooser
        March 7, 2016, 10:08 am

        “mayhem can’t keep from complaining about how he can’t link to daniel pipes and other hate sites. phff.”

        “Annie”, I’m sorry, this is entirely my fault. I promised (no getting around it, it’s right there in my archive) to start a blog called “Palestine.com” or similar and let Zionist-supporters take it away from me through the comment section until they had the entire thing.
        But I never did it, leaving them a blogless people..

      • Mooser
        March 7, 2016, 10:19 am

        “Do you believe that dishonesty is going to win your cause?”

        “Mayhem”, Do you believe lacking enough energy and resolution to even attempt your own blog is going to “win your cause”.
        Remember, you can always come here and provide a link, and blogwhore the place. “Learn the TRUTH about Mondoweiss at “Mayhem.com”. Stuff like that.

        And the way you, well, squat here, (reading all the articles closely, several times, too, without paying, I’ll wager!) while kvetching constantly about the place is just a few furlongs beyond chutzpah, you know.

        “Mayhem” go to the archives. The first posts here were about (if I remember) some stuff Phil saw on TV, and then it just developed from there. Why, you could do the same, heck, if you and “Hophmi” and “Herchel” and “Yonah” got together you could run Mondo right off the web!

        I’ll be a faithful reader and commenter, I promise.

      • eljay
        March 7, 2016, 10:20 am

        || Mayhem: @Robbins, you talk about hate sites. MW takes the cake. … ||

        A Zio-supremacist accuses MW – a website that advocates justice, accountability and equality in I-P – of being the worst hate site around. Imagine that.

      • Mooser
        March 7, 2016, 12:16 pm

        ” Imagine that.”

        It’s the impotence which sticks out most. Posits a right-to-publish which doesn’t exist (“censorship” puh-lease) makes absurd charges and threats, and can only do it at Mondo?
        That’s intellectual dysfunction on the half-shell there. Can’t even get up a blog.

      • Mayhem
        March 8, 2016, 11:40 pm

        Why can’t Annie Robbins respond to my question about whether she has ever visited Israel? I’m sure others would like to know.

      • Annie Robbins
        March 9, 2016, 3:01 am

        just saw your comment mayhem. yes i have. i met some wonderful people there and have referenced it several times in the comment section in the past. just recently actually: http://mondoweiss.net/2016/02/as-tel-aviv-prepares-to-welcome-beyonce-heres-a-review-of-israels-atrocious-record-towards-black-people/#comment-825292

      • Mooser
        March 9, 2016, 11:59 am

        “Why can’t Annie Robbins respond to my question about whether she has ever visited Israel?”

        See? There it is, the perfect opening post for “Mayhem.com”. If you can’t get a foot-long dog of a post out of that, you’re not the man I take you for!

      • eljay
        March 9, 2016, 12:32 pm

        || Mooser: See? There it is, the perfect opening post for “Mayhem.com”. … ||

        He’d have to wrest the domain name from the “cold, dead hands” of Allstate, the Registrant, located in Northbrook, Illinois. Interestingly, Allstate had an advertising campaign featuring a mascot named “Mayhem”.

      • echinococcus
        March 9, 2016, 5:16 pm

        Eljay,

        Fascinating. Allstate insurance had “Mayhem” as a mascot?
        Figures.
        Zionism has “Antisemitism” as not only a mascot but the only stock in trade.

  3. bryan
    March 5, 2016, 4:47 am

    Interesting thought that the PA is more the enemy than Israel of the Palestinian people in Gaza. No progress can be expected in the region until the PA is restructured / replaced.

    An interesting article on this topic is http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2015/11/gaza-electricity-gas-supply-qatar-israel.html#

    “The Qatari project may be perceived as a glimmer of hope for the Palestinians, but the successful implementation of a solution to the problem is not that straightforward. The Israelis want to end the accusation of besieging Gaza, and it seems that they are interested in selling Palestinians the gas needed for the power plant. This could imply an end to the blockade of the Gaza Strip, which means that Hamas’ calls for Israel to lift the siege were met.

    The implementation of the project, under direct Qatari supervision, may raise fears within the Palestinian Authority that the Gaza Strip remains out of its control. This is especially true in light of the strategic alliance between Doha and Hamas, with Hamas seemingly welcoming the Qatari project without any reservations.”

  4. Mayhem
    March 5, 2016, 7:53 am

    This report is fascinating following the other recent post in MondoWeiss about the PA crackdown on West Bank teachers.
    Hearing finally of criticism of the operation of the PA under Abbas’ tutelage with this:

    … Abbas has rejected a proposal to build Gaza new electricity lines to support the power sector in the impoverished coastal enclave. The project reportedly received Israeli consent, but failed to get the green light from the PA. The Israeli station added that everything was ready and agreed about, until the PA declared its position of thwarting the plan without explanation.

    Netanyahu is somehow expected to be able to make a deal with the Palestinians with a leadership completely fractured and Abbas about to exit very soon.
    Where is the howling pack of anti-Zionists at the moment? Not even making excuses.[..]
    Pallywags – all of them.

    • kalithea
      March 6, 2016, 1:06 pm

      Netanyahu is somehow expected to be able to make a deal with the Palestinians with a leadership completely fractured .

      And who pray tell was instrumental in undermining Palestinian leadership and previously interfering to create division? Israel has more to do with the status of Palestinian leadership than Palestinians ever had!!

      Zionists destroy every opportunity Palestinians have to advance towards freedom and sovereignty!

      Pallywags? More like Ziowag interference!

  5. eljay
    March 5, 2016, 9:00 am

    Abbas must go, and Israel’s decades-long occupation and colonization of Palestine (i.e., land outside of its / Partition borders) must end.

    Immediately:
    – force Israel to end its occupation and withdraw to within its / Partition borders;
    – officially recognize the state of Palestine and help the Palestinians democratically elect a new government; and
    – provide political, financial and economic assistance to stabilize Palestine, develop its infrastructure and get its economy going.

    Then:
    – introduce military assistance to help Palestine develop its defensive capabilities; and
    – undertake impartially-mediated (that does not mean you, America) negotiations to resolve issues surrounding refugees, natural resources, etc.

  6. kalithea
    March 6, 2016, 11:53 am

    Let’s not pretend that Abbas is acting independent of the Zionist-imposed occupation when the PA has been Israel’s contractor in the West Bank and Gaza. And let’s not pretend that he’s not doing the bidding of the Zionist-enabled military junta in Egypt that oppresses Egyptians. Abbas is paid millions to undermine the wellbeing of the people of Gaza and previously undermine their election. He is collaborating with the war criminals next door by depriving people of their human rights.

    This man is 81! He should get out! He has never benefitted his people in the 10 or more years he’s been around. More settlement expansion has happened during his reign than at any other time. The lives of Palestinians have severely deteriorated. It’s time for the Palestinians to get rid of him; force him out of power, dissent, rebel against his continuing grab on power so that leaders who really care about them can have an opportunity to help advance their cause for justice.

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