health minister on Saturday appealed to the Arab League and international
community for $4.3 million to prevent "a humanitarian
and health disaster."
Since Hamas won Jan. 25 parliamentary elections, the Palestinian government
has grown increasingly isolated. Western nations, which list Hamas as a terror
group, cut off all funding to the Palestinian Authority, and the Israeli
government froze monthly transfer of $55 million it collects in taxes for
Last week, Health Minister Bassem Naim predicted the Palestinian Authority's
health care system would collapse in two months if funding did not resume.
The Health Ministry, which runs the vast majority of Palestinian hospitals
and clinics, spends about $9 million a month.
Naim, who met with Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa, told reporters
he had asked the league and the international community for $4.3 million for
The American Medical Resources Foundation, a non-governmental organization
based in the U.S, said it was prepared to donate five containers of medical
equipment to the Palestinians through the Arab League. The organization, which
gives used medical equipment to hospitals in developing countries, made its
pledge to the league in a fax provided to AP.
$4.3 million is less than 13 percent of the taxes Israel owes Palestinians
monthly and a little over $1 per Palestinian according to CIA
population estimates of Gaza and the West Bank, though others insist the
figure is much
Israel has the nerve to complain that Hamas does not recognize its "right
to exist." Meanwhile, Israelis have reduced Palestinians to begging just
for the opportunity to exist.