Vancouver - According to the Israelis, Gaza has been a ticking time bomb ever since January 2014. In early June, Hamas, the democratically elected Gaza party closed its financial banks. Hamas’ action was the outcome of a rift with Palestinian counterparts Fatah. Zilber states that 40,000 Hamas employees were deprived of their salaries for months due to financial malaise, while 70,000 Fatah ghost employees in Gaza were paid on time, as a result of Fatah pressure.

Mohamed Jassim is a student at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.