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

(Parallel question about the Palestinian Authority)

  • What do you mean by “checks to corruption”? Are you asking how Hamas investigates and punishes corruption?
    – divibisan
    May 23 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 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 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 at 15:09

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