Wednesday 2 June 2010
Killing Them Slowly - GAZA
A Signpost to the Continuing Brutality of the Israelis in Gaza.
Items not allowed entry into Gaza: ' light bulbs, candles, matches, books, musical instruments, crayons, clothing, shoes, mattresses, sheets, blankets, pasta, tea, coffee, chocolate, nuts, shampoo and conditioner'. Israel claimed they allowed aid to come in but that is only 1/4 of the usual quota.
According to the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) 61% of Gazans are "food insecure", a typical PC bureaucratic substitute for the 'poverty and hunger that dare not speak its name'. And if the Gazans can afford to buy their food needs and the supply is ample - which is unlikely because of the embargo - they would still have the problem of getting enough cooking gas because the amount allowed in by the Israelis meets only 1/3 to 1/2 of their requirements.
So, why can't the Gazans grow and produce their own food, setting up the poor man's version of the self-sufficient Zionists' ideal of the 'kibbutz'? Firstly the Gazans are prohibited from exporting their flowers, fruits and vegetables. Furthermore, the FAO says $180M of trees, fields, livestock, greenhouses and nurseries were destroyed during the Invasion. But here's a piece of good news. In 2010 the Israelis allowed the entry of 'potato seeds, eggs for reproduction, bees and fertiliser that could not be used to manufacture explosives'. Aaah, now they can have chips and chicken chops just like any restaurant in downtown New York or Tel Aviv.
What about electricity? Again the Israelis' blockade made sure that the Gazans suffer 30-65 hours of power cuts per week. What effect will this have on the remaining hospitals?
Before the invasion Gaza had only 133 hospital beds per 100,000 population, compared to 583 in Israel. Of course we have to be realistic - how can anyone expect the Gazans to be treated as equals with the Israelis? During the so-called Operation Cast (in) Lead, six hospitals were damaged 'including one that had a new building completely destroyed, another lost two whole floors'.
And why can't these lazy bounders reconstruct their buildings?
Not when there is a blockade on bringing in cement, concrete and wood, spare parts for machinery and other materials needed for rebuilding the infrastructure. 12,000 homes were destroyed during the invasion and schools for 15,000 new pupils could not be made.
There's a long litany of sufferings inflicted on the people of this beleaguered piece of Allah's earth by this 0.002% of the world's population. You can see here that size does not matter when you're armed to the teeth by the United States of America and the Judaeo-Christian nations in Europe and countries like Britain and Australia are always bending backwards to soothe the Israelis' hurt and constant pain of victimhood.
I salute the many generous and courageous men and women who risked their lives and limbs in their effort to break this blockade.
What happened to Mavi Marmara is typical of the high-handed and brutal tactics of Israel. We only get platitudes of regret and sickening hand-wringing by Friends of Israel. As for the UN, all they can muster is a diluted version of reprimand. If the UN shows such impotence to act on the inhumane blockade of Gaza how can we expect them to have the stomach to rattle the Powers who are Israel's minders?
And Israel knows that too well and Israel doesn't care a damn about the rest of the world and its criticisms. They are after all The Chosen People.