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May 08, 2023
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Fatah-Affiliated Awda TV Airs Video Slamming Hamas Leaders For Living In Luxury Abroad While Gazans Languish In Poverty

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Source: Al-Awda TV (PA)

On May 8, 2023, the Awda TV (Palestinian Authority) aired a video criticizing Hamas and its senior leadership for living abroad in luxury while the residents of the Gaza Strip languish in poverty. Among the examples provided in the video is Hamas Political Bureau Chairman Ismail Haniyeh, who the video says has appeared in public wearing a $5,500 suit and $3,300 shoes.

Onscreen text: "The sons of the Gaza Strip vs. the sons of Hamas leaders."

Narrator: "In 2006, Haniyeh said: 'We will eat za'atar and soil, but we will not betray."

Interviewer: "I am happy to meet you under these circumstances."

Ismail Haniyeh: "Hello, I am also happy to be here."

Onscreen text: "Name: Ismail Haniyeh. Occupation: Chairman of Hamas' Political Bureau. Place of residence: Qatar."

Narrator: "In 2022, Haniyeh wore a Canali suit worth $5,500. It is not only Haniyeh's suit that attracts attention, but his shoes as well, which are worth $3,000."

Onscreen text: "Canali suit: $5,500 US. Shoes: $3,000 US. Sum total: $8,500 US. 27,500 Israeli shekels."

Narrator: "Palestinians in Gaza are asking themselves: How many families could live off the cost of Haniyeh's clothes and shoes? Ismail Haniyeh – who has been living abroad for years – is talking about poverty in Gaza. Doesn't Haniyeh – who is reveling in luxury – know about the gas and electricity shortages and the unemployment that are causing the Palestinians to languish in Gaza?

"Haniyeh is not alone in reveling in luxury – most Hamas leaders have left Gaza, together with their families. The leaders of Hamas have left Gaza, following their investments and companies abroad. Does this represent Gaza?"



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