[tweetmeme] This year it has been common for Israelis and its supporters to claim that Gaza is in good shape. Among others, UN envoy to the Middle East Robert Serry claimed there was ‘no humanitarian problem’ in February; Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman as well as Defense Minister Ehud Barak made the claim in May; Newt Gingrich followed in June saying there was ‘no humanitarian crisis‘; Yuval Diskin (head of the Shin Bet) repeated the claim, also in June; again in June, Gerald Steinberg claimed that Palestinians were using the false crisis in Gaza for political gain;
Clearly, they are right. Gaza has restaurants and everything (although poverty levels soar over 70% and 61% of the population is food insecure)! The Gaza Gateway website does a great job (to the dismay of the crisis deniers) documenting the economic and social woes of Gaza. This week, things are looking, well, normal:
It really is a shame that all those anti-Semites don’t focus on reality and spend their time pining over security measures meant to protect Israel. The number of calories allowed into Gaza is, indeed, a security requirement. Ehud Olmert advisor Dov Weisglass explains:
“The idea is to put the Palestinians on a diet, but not to make them die of hunger.”
Items that are subject to arbitrary import policies include: Wheat, animal feed, flour, cooking oil, cooking fat, sugar, salt, pasta, dates, garlic, chickpeas, rice, beans, lentils, kidney beans, margarine, some dairy products, powdered milk, frozen meat and fish, frozen vegetables, animal medicines, gas for medical use, empty bags for flour, certain medicines and medical equipment, diapers, toilet paper, detergent, washing liquid, shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, cleaning products for tiles and glass, toilet cleaner, yeast, fertilized and unfertilized eggs, some fruit, semolina, polyethylene for greenhouses, some agricultural materials, tea, instant and regular coffee, canned tuna, salami, canned meat, bath and washing-up sponges, cloths to mop floors, baby wipes, some canned goods other than fruit, dried herb mix, black pepper, chicken stock powder, blankets, olives, matches, candles, sticks for brooms, rubbish bins, mops, hand cleansing gel, aniseed, cinnamon, camomile, water dispensers, potatoes, mineral water, tahini, combs, hair brushes, shoes, wood for doorposts and window frames, small amounts of aluminum, and some kitchenware.
The following items are prohibited because of security concerns: sage, cardamon, jam, vinegar, chocolate, fruit preserves and dried fruit, seeds and nuts, biscuits and sweets, fresh meat, fabric for clothing, fishing rods, musical instruments, writing implements, notebooks, newspapers, toys, razors, heaters, horses, donkeys, goats, cattle, and chicks.
How can the Holocaust deniers think that the policy is based on anything other than security?