Palestinians looted dozens of greenhouses, walking off with irrigation hoses, water pumps and plastic sheeting in a blow to fledgling efforts to reconstruct the Gaza Strip.
American Jewish donors had bought more than 3,000 greenhouses from Israeli settlers in Gaza for 14 million US dollars last month, and transferred them to the Palestinian Authority.
Former World Bank President James Wolfensohn, who brokered the deal, put up 500,000 dollars of his own cash.
Meanwhile in Gaza City, tens of thousands of Palestinians gathered for the largest Hamas demonstration ever seen there, celebrating the Israeli pullout a huge statement of strength by the militant Islamic movement.
Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar insisted his group would not disarm.
“These weapons will remain aimed at the chest of the enemy until we achieve liberation, God willing,” he told the crowd. “We are not going to rest until we raise the flag of Islam over the minarets of Jerusalem.”
Appeasement does not work. Period.