What Gets Through the Blockade?

[tweetmeme] Do you ever wonder what goods are allowed to be imported into Gaza – that is, what goods are let through the illegal blockade that surrounds and suffocates Gaza.  Ostensibly, the blockade is there to hurt Hamas and to protect Israel.  This, of course, is an effective way of obtaining those goals; only the blockade, while aimed at Hamas, is punishing Palestinian civilians – something that, and I’m pretty sure here – is illegal under international law.

Here is a list of things that Israel lets into Gaza and when they were first let in.  The list was compiled by BBC and the good ol’ Hat Tip goes to Al Jazeera.  Particularly disturbing is the fact that Israel allowed clothes and shoes to be imported only last month.

No. Type Date permission granted
1 wheat 1st half 2009
2 animal feed 1st half 2009
3 flour 1st half 2009
4 cooking oil 1st half 2009
5 cooking fat 1st half 2009
6 sugar 1st half 2009
7 salt 1st half 2009
8 pasta 1st half 2009
9 dates 1st half 2009
10 garlic 1st half 2009
11 chick peas 1st half 2009
12 rice 1st half 2009
13 beans 1st half 2009
14 lentils 1st half 2009
15 kidney beans 1st half 2009
16 margarine 1st half 2009
17 dairy products 1st half 2009
18 powdered milk 1st half 2009
19 frozen meat and fish 1st half 2009
20 frozen vegetables 1st half 2009
21 animal medicines 1st half 2009
22 gas for medical use 1st half 2009
23 empty bags for flour 1st half 2009
24 medicines and medical equipment 1st half 2009
25 female hygiene products 1st half 2009
26 nappies (diapers) 1st half 2009
27 toilet paper 1st half 2009
28 detergent 1st half 2009
29 washing liquid 1st half 2009
30 shampoo 1st half 2009
31 soap 1st half 2009
32 toothpaste 1st half 2009
33 toothbrushes 1st half 2009
34 cleaning products for tiles 1st half 2009
35 cleaning products for glass 1st half 2009
36 toilet-cleaner 1st half 2009
37 yeast 1st half 2009
38 fertilised eggs 1st half 2009
39 fruit 1st half 2009
40 semolina 1st half 2009
41 polythene for greenhouses June 2009
42 agricultural materials June 2009
43 tea October 2009
44 coffee October 2009
45 instant coffee November 2009
46 canned tuna November 2009
47 salami November 2009
48 canned meat November 2009
49 washing-up sponges November 2009
50 bath sponges November 2009
51 cloths for mopping the floor November 2009
52 baby wipes November 2009
53 other canned goods, with the exception of tinned fruit November 2009
54 zaatar (dried herb mix) November 2009
55 sesame seeds November 2009
56 black pepper November 2009
57 chicken stock powder November 2009
58 blankets November 2009
59 olives December 2009
60 matches December 2009
61 candles December 2009
62 sticks for brooms December 2009
63 rubbish bins December 2009
64 mops December 2009
65 hand-cleansing gel December 2009
66 aniseed December 2009
67 cinnamon December 2009
68 camomile December 2009
69 unfertilised eggs December 2009
70 glass (to a maximum of 200 trucks) December 2009
71 water-dispensers December 2009
72 potatoes December 2009
73 mineral water February 2010
74 tahini (sesame paste) March 2010
75 combs March 2010
76 hair brushes March 2010
77 clothes March 2010
78 shoes March 2010
79 wood (for doorposts and window frames) April 2010
80 aluminium April 2010
81 kitchenware April 2010

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