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Was Desperate Gaza Man, Ready to Sell His Daughter, Once My Boss?

Tens of thousands of Arabs worked in Gush Katif and Israel before the Intifada in the late ‘80s. Today, literally today, a Gaza man said he is so poor he is ready to sell his daughter. Can the West connect the dots?
Palestinian Authority construction workers are usually involved in building the homes for both Jews and Arabs.

Palestinian Authority construction workers are usually involved in building the homes for both Jews and Arabs.
Photo Credit: Gili Yaari / Flash 90

This story happened today, Thursday, but it goes back 30 years, when this writer was a greenhorn in Israel, trying to learn the Israeli culture.

A Gaza man was reported on Thursday to be prepared to sell his six-year-old daughter because he is so desperately poor.

“Hani al-Hadidi, 33, a construction worker from Gaza’s al-Shajaiya neighborhood, says he is struggling to provide for his wife and five children,” the Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency reported. “No one dares to sell his children, but the hard situation we live in has forced me to make such a decision.”

The news site, closely affiliated with the Palestinian Authority, naturally followed this description of al-Hadidi’s dire state with the comment that Gaza “has been under a under a severe economic blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt since 2007.”

Now let’s go back 30 years to my greenhorn years, when I was trying to get the hang of Israeli culture after parachuting into Israel from planet America in October 1983.

By December, I was volunteering on the Jewish community of Atzmona in Gush Katif, which at that time was located a few hundred feet away from Rafiah. Even back then, Atzmona residents told me it was a drug smuggling capital.

I worked building greenhouses for a Jewish farmer named Chaim, but my foreman was Ahmed. That’s right, “Ahmed,” from Khan Yunis in central Gaza.

He had six children and told me life was good, he was making a decent living working for Chaim and that he could care less about politics.

Gaza’s few thousand Jews shopped in Khan Yunis and Gaza City for cheap vegetables and clothes. The Egged bus I took, when traveling north, rolled peacefully along the main drag through Gaza City.

Tens of thousands of Gaza Arabs worked in Gush Katif farming communities and in construction in the rest of Israel. Gaza was under Israeli control, but municipalities were run by Arabs, who – pardon the expression – never had it so good.

The unemployment rate in 1984, as seen in the chart below, was a miniscule 0.9 percent while it was four times that number for Arabs in Judea and Samaria.

I left Gush Katif in 1984 to learn more about other parts of Israel.

Three years later, an Arab in Gaza City stabbed an Israeli to death while he was shopping there. The following day, after four Arabs were killed in a traffic accident in Gaza, unfounded rumors spread the libel that Israelis had killed them as an act of revenge.

Arab blood was boiling, and the violence spun out of control, with a firebombing of an IDF patrol, mass rioting, blocked roads and tire burnings.

The Intifada was born and the unemployment rate began to rise.

In 1986, it was only 1.5 percent. By 1988, it climbed to 2.3 percent and then 3.8 percent in 1990.

Jews were thinking twice about employing Arabs because of terrorist attacks. In 1992, the jobless rate soared to 12 percent.

In the early 2000s, when Arabs were murdering Jews left and right, Arabs found themselves out of work not only in Gush Katif but also in the rest of Israel.  The unemployment rate soared to 50 percent  by 2003 and is estimated at more than 30 percent today.

Thirty years have passed since I worked for Ahmed in Khan Yunis.

I do not know Hanai al-Hadidi, the man who is ready to sell his daughter so she can eat and the family can have some income.

Maybe he is Ahmed’s son. Maybe not.

One can argue that money is not everything and that Arabs were deprived of their political rights, but the other half of the truth is that they had even less rights under Egyptian rule. The difference is that under Israeli rule, they can blame the Jews. If they had blamed Egypt, their lot would have been worse and they would not have gotten any sympathy from the anti-Zionist world, especially UNRWA, which has built up an empire than keeps more than half of Gaza’s population in bondage.

The facts are there, as they always have been there, but they are not facts that John Kerry want to see.

Is there anyone out there who can connect the dots between Ahmed and Hanai al-Hadidi?

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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4 Responses to “Was Desperate Gaza Man, Ready to Sell His Daughter, Once My Boss?”

  1. Yechiel Baum says:

    why isn't getting the aid from the UN and Arab league instead of asking aid and job from Israel, his enemy? Seems he cannot differentiate between who is the real enemy and who can be a friend.

  2. Yechiel Baum says:

    why isn't getting the aid from the UN and Arab league instead of asking aid and job from Israel, his enemy? Seems he cannot differentiate between who is the real enemy and who can be a friend.

  3. MaryDullinger says:

    It is horrible the way they victimize their own people than seek someone else to blame.

  4. I can certainly join the dots! The Arab League won't give a penny that's for sure. Saudi in particular likes things just the way they are! As I have remarked over and over Israeli Arabs are far better off under an Israeli government with representation in the Knesset. Terrorist are very likely responsible for the backlash after a Jewish man was stabbed to death. Israel isn't dumb enough to retaliate with more killings. Undoubtedly had the killer been found he would have done time and as for the four Arabs killed very definitely this would have been PLO operatives Arafat was riding pretty high by this time. So Israeli Arabs you want not to sell your daughters to libidinous Old men who will retain a six year old until her first mens and then marry her – whether she attains first mens at 9-11, unlikely by the time the poor girl is 13 her reproductive system will be under way and the old man is guaranteed a Virgin?

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