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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Canada suspends aid to Hamas-led government

Canada suspended aid to the Hamas-led government. It's now the first country, besides Israel, to do so. I am suprised. I mean, this is Canada! Does that have to do with the removal of Paul Martin?

Hamas and new Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh insist they won't soften the militant group's violent ideology or formally recognize its longtime nemesis.

OK Mr. Haniyeh. You believe in whatever ideology you want to believe in, but just please don't ask for money afterwards. No change in ideology, no moolahs. Fair enough huh.
Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay said in a statement that Canada had no choice but to suspend assistance and decline any contact with the new Hamas Cabinet.

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister actually said that??!!
"I think the Canadian position is hasty and shows obvious bias," newly installed Palestinian Information Minister Youssef Rizka told The Associated Press in Gaza City. "What we need from the Canadian government is that it ask the Israeli authorities to admit that they are occupying Palestinian land."

Well, I am sure Canada respects the will of the Palestinian people. But does that mean to give Hamas Canadian taxpayers' money? I don't think so.
However, Ottawa emphasized Wednesday that it would continue giving
humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people through U.N. and nongovernment
organizations.

That's the option I recomment. International donors should continue helping the Palestinian people through NGOs and the UN, bypassing the Palestinian government. If they were smart, they would use the money to empower young reform minded members of Fatah (Mahmoud Dahlan is a perfect example) in an attempt to regain Fatah's influence once again.

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