For 20 years Palestinians have revered the founding father of the United Arab Emirates for his generosity, particularly these residing on the Gaza housing property that bears his identify.
- Last Updated: September 13, 2020, 4:10 PM IST
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SHEIKH ZAYED CITY, Gaza Strip: For 20 years Palestinians have revered the founding father of the United Arab Emirates for his generosity, particularly these residing on the Gaza housing property that bears his identify.
The $62 million improvement was gifted to the Palestinians a decade and a half in the past by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who died in 2004, to supply houses for tons of of households.
The property modified the face of northern Gaza with its paved roads, 70 multi-floor residential buildings, gardens and a mosque, all adjoining Gaza’s largest refugee camp, Jabalia.
But gratitude to the UAE’s founding father has turned to anger at his son – Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, extensively referred to as MbZ – after the Emirates’ Aug. 13 announcement that it will turn out to be the primary Gulf Arab state to signal a “normalisation” take care of Israel. Bahrain adopted swimsuit a month later.
Although a majority of Gaza’s two million inhabitants want humanitarian help, Sheikh Zayed City resident Maher Hmaida, 57, mentioned that offering assist to Palestinians didn’t give the UAE the best to make peace with the nation he calls his “enemy” – Israel.
The anger throughout the property is mirrored elsewhere in Hamas Islamist-run Gaza and within the West Bank, the place Palestinians worry the UAE’s transfer will weaken a long-standing pan-Arab name for Israeli withdrawal from occupied land and acceptance of Palestinian statehood in return for regular relations with Arab international locations.
“How could his son do that? He should follow his father’s example, not do the opposite,” mentioned Abdel-Rahman Tloly, 68, whose household was homeless for a yr till they have been housed in an condominium in Sheikh Zayed City in northern Gaza Strip.
“I don’t like it, and no one does. We have fought for the sake of Jerusalem for 70 years, and he came and in seconds he wasted it.”
Seeing the Israeli and UAE flags flying collectively “burnt my heart,” mentioned Tloly, recalling how his house in Jabalia camp was bulldozed by Israel throughout the second Palestinian rebellion that started in 2000 and ended some 5 years later.
Gaza, measuring simply 360 sq. kilometres (139 sq. miles), has for years been blockaded by Israel and Egypt, who cite safety issues over its rulers, Hamas.
But regardless of the political and financial troubles confronted by Palestinians within the slim coastal strip, Tloly mentioned he now needed nothing extra from the UAE, which is because of signal the normalisation take care of Israel on the White House on Tuesday.
“It would be like someone feeding you before he slaughters you,” he mentioned.
(Writing by Nidal Almughrabi and Stephen Farrell; Editing by Alexandra Hudson)
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