What checks to corruption (if any) are there to the Hamas regime in Gaza, and how effective are they?

Related: Checks against corruption in the Palestinian Authority and their effectiveness

  • What do you mean by “checks to corruption”? Are you asking how Hamas investigates and punishes corruption?
    – divibisan
    May 23, 2021 at 22:59
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    @divibisan Not specifically Hamas. If in Gaza there was a "free parliament, free press, and civil society organizations" that could hold the Hamas government accountable, then those would certainly be part of the checks. But I don't think that's the case (I'd be glad to be proven wrong). Saying Hamas holds itself accountable is a rather ridiculous statement, given the nature of the Hamas regime. I'm asking more broadly: what factors/mechanisms prevents Hamas leaders from slipping their hands into the public till, or at least, from doing it too often?
    – Zev Spitz
    May 23, 2021 at 23:04
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    What do you mean by "corruption"? Would diverting funds meant for humanitarian purposes to production of weapons to use against Israel be considered corruption?
    – jamesqf
    May 24, 2021 at 3:53
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    @jamessqf Per Wikipedia quoting the World Bank, corruption "is a form of dishonesty or a criminal offense which is undertaken by a person or an organization which is entrusted with a position of authority, in order to acquire illicit benefits or abuse power for one's private gain." If we assume prioritizing weapons production over humanitarian purposes is not in the interests of the Palestinian people, I think it would follow that said prioritization is for some private gain, and thus would fall under this definition of corruption.
    – Zev Spitz
    Jul 18, 2021 at 15:09
  • @ZevSpitz You suggest that if Hamas does not act in the best interests of the Palestinian people then it is corrupt. That seems to presuppose a rather Western view of government, with some flavor of democracy. Why should it be Hamas' purpose to act in the best interest of the Palestinian people?
    – user44105
    Aug 16, 2022 at 17:41

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There really aren't any, because the media, the UN, and most countries are super-supportive of Hamas and the PA and Hamas.

Somebody asked for sources:

UNRWA schools are used as Hamas bases (https://unwatch.org/un-admits-palestinians-fired-rockets-unrwa-schools/, https://www.jpost.com/arab-israeli-conflict/unrwa-discovers-hamas-tunnel-under-gaza-schools-496394), their funds are used to build terror infrastructure (https://www.jewishpolicycenter.org/2007/08/31/how-unrwa-supports-hamas/, https://www.timesofisrael.com/where-do-the-billions-of-dollars-in-foreign-aid-to-gaza-really-go/), and their schools are used to radicalize kids (https://www.australianjewishnews.com/shocking-incitement-in-unrwa-school-materials/, https://www.newsweek.com/time-endjewhatred-unrwa-schools-opinion-1654096). This has been happening for years, and what happens? Nothing. The money keeps pumping into Gaza, Hamas uses it for whatever they want, and there is no accountability, not from the UN and not from the international community. Hamas continues to incite conflict, cause both Israeli and Palestinian (when their rockets misfire and land in Gaza) deaths, and to prevent any growth in the economy or betterment of living conditions in Gaza.


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