As punishment for voting Hamas, a Palestinian political party which does not wish to have diplomatic relationship with an Israel it considers illegal and an incessant invasive intruder into Palestinian land, the Europeans are cutting off its annual aid of some 600 million Euros to the Palestinian Authority.
The US-led movement to subjugate Palestinian democratic choice will now take a greater deeper bite with the Europeans implementing its threat to deny its annual aid to the Hamas staffed Palestinian Authority, the government of Palestine.
The UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) in Gaza, much hated by Israel when UNRWA was headed by Dane Peter Hanson, warned: "The Gazan population is extremely dependent on donor aid so, when it [European aid] is reduced, it has an immediate consequence on the ground. We are concerned about the consequences on the security side. If the security forces are not paid, how will they express that frustration, what will that mean for the general security in Gaza?"
The Red Cross also chipped in to say that Palestinians already face extreme hardship because of the Israeli-caused economic crisis through the latter’s deliberate restrictions on movement of people and goods.
Cutting off funding to the Palestinian Authority would provoke a broader humanitarian emergency because of reduced or even eliminated services such as water supplies and medical care.
But Ben Bot, the Dutch foreign minister, encapsulated the European loss of higher principles by saying bluntly what we all know already: "The Palestinian people have opted for this government, so they will have to bear the consequences."
He’s reminding the Palestinians: “You exercise democracy to pick someone the Israelis and Americans didn’t approve; we have to punish you for your nerve in exercising your democratic choice when you ought to have complied with Israeli dictates.”
However, the Arab world should not be allowed to escape unscathed. Their shameful sloth in coming to the financial support of their Palestinian kinfolks is also not vocally supportive enough. Sneaking a few dollars to the Palestinians quietly behind the American back is in reality genuflecting to US imperialism, though hardly surprising when most of the wealthy ones like Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Gulf nations are already in American pockets.
It may eventually fall upon the Persians to openly support a nascent Arab nation that has long been denied by the Israeli-American bloc its righful place among the community of nations.