How not to improve the welfare of your citizens

Here’s what Ynet is reporting:

Red Cross in Gaza closes office due to violent protests

The International Committee of the Red Cross said Sunday it is temporarily closing its Gaza office after protesters repeatedly tried to storm it.

Spokeswoman Suhair Zakkout said the office will operate remotely until “local authorities in Gaza provide assurances that our premises, work and staff are respected.” Gaza is ruled by Hamas, an Islamic militant group that seized power there in 2007. Dozens of Gazans have protested daily at the office in recent weeks in solidarity with a Palestinian hunger striker detained by Israel, demanding that the Red Cross help bring about his release. They tried to enter the building forcefully on Sunday, smashing garage windows and causing other damage.

Does anybody doubt that Hamas allowed this to happen? Perhaps they even instigated the assault.

This is yet another dreadful episode that will go unremarked, unnoticed, and unpunished. So what lessons will Hamas an company learn? It’s OK to act in this manner, because there are no consequences, no down side. (You can just imagine what the uproar would be – and all those front page stories of censure and condemnation – if Israel allowed a similar incident. But Hamas are held to a lower standard. In fact, on reflection, Hamas are not held to any standards.

When will somebody out there, wake up and smell the coffee?