“Wasta in everything”

“Wasta in everything”
“Wasta in everything”
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“There is nepotism in everything here,” says Ashraf. “On the one hand, for example, you need friends at the Hamas-run electricity company to get a cut on your bill. Others will be taxed — especially if you are among the 17,000 Gazans who have a permit to work in Israel.” On the other hand, Ashraf notes, a young relative of Hamas official Yahya Musa who mocked Hamas and insulted Islam was walking around freely just two days after the incident, which is considered a crime that would send an ordinary Gazan “to prison to this day.”

The belief that Hamas institutions are corrupt, shared by 73 percent of Gazans according to a September 2022 poll, results from a number of clear signs, of which nepotism is the most common, according to a 2022 study by Aman Transparency Palestine.

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Last summer, social media in Gaza witnessed a wave of criticism directed at the leaders, “who can live in Gaza in the highest levels of luxury, yet choose to exchange them for hotels and villas in Doha and Istanbul.” During the “We Want to Live” protest movement last summer, which emerged as a social media campaign in Gaza, one woman remarked, “Everyone in Gaza suffers from this situation. The only people enjoying their lives are the officials and their children.”

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