The average per capita income for the people in Gaza and the West Bank is $2,900 per year according to the CIA Factbook. That means that Gaza-West Bank is listed way down on the list at 172 in the list of nations per capita income. On the other hand, Israel is ranked number 41 on the list with an average per capita income of $31,400 per year.
But, not everyone is suffering in Gaza.
Many top Hamas leaders are billionaires and millionaires.
Khaled Mashaal, the leader of Hamas, is worth an estimated $2.6 billion.
Hamas billioinaire Khaled Meshaal works out in a private gym in a fancy part of Doha, Qatar, where he lives. (Photo: Kate Geraghty)
The Globes reported:
Together with the donations from various countries, fundraisers began operating in the US to collect money for Hamas. Here, the Hamas leaders began to get their hands on some really big money. “One of those fundraisers was Dr. Musa Abu Marzook, the number 2 man in Hamas,” Elad says. “At the beginning of the 1990s, he began a fundraising campaign in the US among wealthy Muslims, while at the same time founding several banking enterprises. He himself became a conglomerate of 10 financial enterprises giving loans and making financial investments. He’s an amazing financier.”
The US administration ordered Marzook’s arrest in 1995 on charges of supporting terrorism. After he spent two years in a US prison, it was decided to expel him without trial. He kept the money. …
Another Hamas leader-turned-tycoon is Khaled Mashaal. “Estimates around the world are that Mashaal is currently worth $2.6 billion, but the numbers mentioned by the Arab commentators (based on their many sources) are much higher, varying from $2-5 billion invested in Egyptian and Persian Gulf banks, and some in real estate projects in the Persian Gulf countries,” Elad adds.
So while the average lackey in Palestine is living in squalor the Hamas leaders live as kings… in Qatar.
But they care. They really care.