H/t to the Contentious Centrist and Snoopy the Goon for bringing this article by ZioNation‘s Ami Isseroff to my attention. If you are not visiting all three blogs, you should. In the U.S., Radical anti-Zionists (are there any other kind?) often claim Israel is able to “get away with murder” because most Americans are unaware of the support we provide to Israel. “If only Americans knew,” goes the refrain, we would not be “turning Gaza into a prison.” Well, Mr. Isseroff is here to set the record straight.
“If Only Americans Knew” – What every American and everyone else needs to know about Israel and the Palestinians.
Palestinians, aided by “humanitarian” organizations and UN officials, have insisted that Gaza is under siege by Israel and that there is a “humanitarian crisis” perpetrated by Israeli actions. The truth is, that the Gaza leadership of the genocidal Hamas has been waging a propaganda war against Israel and a humanitarian war against its own people. Fuel meant for hospitals is commandeered for “police” vehicles and terrorists who drive around launching rockets at Israel.
Gaza will go down in history as a unique “siege” in which a country that was being pounded by rocket fire provided food and fuel to a vicious genocidal enemy bent on its destruction. It is also unique because it is the only time in history that a country has been condemned for “human rights” violations because it was defending itself against a rogue regime. Below is the record of shipments of humanitarian assistance to Gaza from Israel. Let’s not forget that Hamas terrorists shot up the fuel depot to prevent fuel supplies.
Let’s set the record straight about the “Gaza Siege.” The record is below.
24,358 trucks; 571,852 tons Humanitarian assistance to Gaza since Feb 27 escalation in terror
13 Jun 2008
Ministry of Defense Unit of Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) Total (June 16, 2007 – June 13, 2008): 24,358 trucks; 571,852 tons “No humanitarian crisis and no hunger in the Gaza Strip”
The Unit for Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories reports daily on the general humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip.
The data for the supplies transferred via the Karni and Sufa crossings is based on the reports of Palestinian merchants.
Two-way traffic at the Erez Crossing of international organizations’ staff, patients seeking medical treatment and people accompanying them (“medical evacuations”), and Palestinian civilians has been permitted for humanitarian and medical aid since 18 January 2007 and occurs almost daily.
Via the conveyor at the Karni Crossing, hundreds of tons of grain – wheat, barley, soy beans, corn and animal feed – are transferred from Israel to the Gaza Strip every week.
Via the Nahal Oz fuel depot, diesel fuel for transportation and the local Gaza power station, petrol, and gas for cooking and heating are transferred from Israel to the Gaza Strip, according to an assessment of civilian needs mandated by the Israeli court.
Via the Sufa Crossing, the following supplies are transferred by truck from Israel to the Gaza Strip: food, including: baby formula and food, rice and legumes, fruits and vegetables, meat, chicken and fish, dairy products, flour and yeast, oil, salt and sugar; hygiene products; raw materials for essential infrastructures; medicines and medical equipment; and a myriad of other items – ranging from school books to wheel chairs – needed by the civilian population.
The Kerem Shalom Crossing has been closed since 19 April 2008, due to terrorist attacks directed at it.
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In light of the recent “cease-fire”, the number of trucks crossing into Gaza has increased from 60-70 a day to 90. The UN and other organizations are calling for greater access as weapons, ammunition and explosives continue to be smuggled via the tunnel networks linking Egypt and southern Gaza.
Since the Hamas take-over of Gaza one year ago, Israel has provided approximately 580,000 tons of humanitarian aid. Divided evenly among Gaza’s 1.4 million residents, a family of ten would receive 1 ton of food and supplies per family. A family of five, two tons. The IDF estimates Hamas has smuggled over 100 tons of explosives into Gaza during the same period. I realize this is a crude way to understand the volume of aid but it helps to put things into perspective. Keep these numbers in mind the next time you watch the BBC.
I’ll be posting something on the cease-fire soon. In the meantime have a look at these:
Contentious Centrist on the Cease-Fire
Jonathan Dahoah Halevi: The Hamas interest in the Tahdiya (temporary truce) with Israel
Noah Pollak: The Cease-Fire is Over (or Should be)
Sultan Knish: The Prostitution of Peace