15.000 tons of aid from Israel into Gaza

In a typical week, 15,000 tons of supplies enter Gaza from Israel.

Tons of aid is sent through Israel to Gaza. The Gaza «blocade» is a big Iie.

Truckloads of meat, poultry, fish, dairy products, fruits, vegetables, milk powder, baby food, wheat and other staples arrive in Gaza on a daily basis.

Building materials are also shipped in, when monitored by international organizations so as not to be commandeered by Hamas for the fortification of bunkers.

Since the ceasefire in January 2009, well over a million tons of humanitarian supplies entered Gaza from Israel – that is almost a ton of aid for each man, woman and child.

Israel has invited the organizers of the flotilla to use the land crossings, in the same manner as all the reputable international organizations. However, they are less interested in bringing in aid than in promoting their radical agenda, playing into the hands of Hamas. While they have wrapped themselves in a humanitarian cloak, they are engaging in political propaganda and not in pro-Palestinian aid.

Source: Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

My comment:

Read more about the aid convoy from Turkey towards Gaza.

3 thoughts on “15.000 tons of aid from Israel into Gaza

  1. What you seem to fail to realize is that 15,000 tonnes of aid is LESS than a quarter of what is actually needed for Palestinians to live a sustainable life (as reported by the United Nations). This is not a “huge” amount of supplies as you state; Israel is clearly restricting aid from Palestinians by refusing to allow even HALF of what is needed for Palestinian’s to able to live an average quality of life.

    You want to report on propaganda? How about Israel cloaking the fact that they are denying basic human rights from relief aid to Palestinian’s, and cloaking it as sending “huge amounts” of aid into Gaza.

    Your <> is a big lie.

    1. Dear Less B. Truthful

      Shalom, and welcome to this site.

      I agree that 15.000 tons of aid, is not enough for Gaza? The good question is why?

      1. When did the people of Gaza take care of their own needs? Why were they poor from 1948 to 1967, when they were under Egypt, protected by their Muslim brothers?

      2. Could it be that the people or Gaza harm them selves, by opting for Jihad to destroy the Jewish state?

      3. Why do Egypt keep the border with Gaza closed? Could it be, because Egypt do not accept Jihad, and do not want the Islamic terror regime of Iran expanding Hamas-rule into Egypt?

      People who blame Israel for a claimed «blockade» of Gaza, has been deceived by Radical Islamic lies. Take a look towards Egypt, and than in the mirror.

  2. Thank you for welcoming me into the site, and I apologize for the lack of a timely reponse. I’ll also apologize for the length of this post, I hope that it is not too long.

    I would like to address the first question you had proposed regarding Gaza’s ability to take care of their own needs. Firstly (and I will note that this not an attack on your credentials) anybody with the most basic understanding of political science can tell you that the welfare of a state is not simply, nor easy, as just “taking care of their own needs.” Once we take into account that Gaza itself is not even given proper state rights, the ability to address, and take care of the needs of people becomes increasingly difficult. Gaza requires a dependence on the state of Israel to allow advancement for the people in the region. Now the relationship between Egypt, and Palestine between 1948-1967 is exactly what it is, a relationship IN 1948-1967. Our focus is not of the past, but of the current situation in Gaza. The question now becomes “Why can’t Gaza take care of their own needs at this present date?”. One cannot argue that the well-being of an area is highly dependent on economic growth, as well as the dependence on agriculture advancements as a means to fuel economic growth. The results of growth in economy are quite self-evident (increased spending on medical care, infrastructure, education, food, shelter etc…)

    So why has Gaza not been able to achieve such advancements in economical growth? If we examine the agricultural case in Gaza we can see that part of the reason it has not been able to flourish is due to the systemic movements imposed by Israeli policies that have damaging affects on the agriculture industry. The Israeli state has imposed certain laws on Palestinian farmers and fishermen that hinder any agricultural progress. For example, it is only permissible for Palestinian farmers to dig 3 ft. deep for water. Not to mention that in 2009 reports had shown that in the past 8 years approx. 600+ applications filed by Palestinian farmers to allow them to locate new areas, and deeper measurements of digging for water had gone ignored by the Israeli government (to this present date only 12 of the possible 600 had actually been addressed). Jewish farmers in the same Westbank area are given more water per capita than Palestinian farmers are allowed; here you have a case of two people within the same geographical location, in which one of the people is given clear restrictions on the amount of water available to them. In this case you cannot argue that “these two live in two different geographical locations, and thus water should be allocated differently”, this is a clear cut case where Jewish settlers, and farmers are allowed more water than Palestinian’s in the same area. Lack of water is not only damaging to crops, and thus affect agriculture and growth, but it is also a major health issue. One can also look to the restriction of areas open for Palestinian fishermen that further debilitates economic growth in Gaza (as reported in Goldstone’s report for the UN). The blockade further cuts the available land for agriculture for Palestinian’s, and makes the availability of services and goods extremely difficult to obtain; fuel, access to medical facilities, electricity, water, etc… have become increasingly sparse for those in Gaza. These clear systematic movements made by the Israeli government have no real purpose other than to hinder, humiliate, and make life harder for the Palestinian people. How can one justify imposing limits on access to water? I cannot imagine any sort of security threat that can arise from being able to dig more than 3 feet deep. This is a clear case in which the welfare of the economy in Gaza is directly, and purposefully being hindered due to Israeli policies. Again, the people of Gaza cannot simply just “help themselves” and address their own needs when such policies exist that clearly limit, and diminish the possibility of progress.

    2. In addressing your second question I will take a two-fold approach. Do there exist individuals in Gaza that opt for Jihad and destroying the Jewish state? Yes, absolutely, it would be ultimately naive to pretend that such people do not exist; and yes, these people cause much more harm to those within Gaza. However you must be very careful with your use of rhetoric, we cannot assume that ALL people in Gaza which this on the Israeli state. Unless you yourself, or another has taken the responsibility to interview EVERY SINGLE person within Gaza and managed to find that ALL of them wish to destroy Israel than such an argument becomes void. Again there do exist people who wish such harm, and these people are the true criminals in the case, but realistically we know that not ALL people in Gaza want this. There exist both, on the Israeli side (those who wish Palestinians to be entirely destroyed) and those on the Palestinian side (who wish the reverse), and these people on both scales are wrong. We could look to the election of Hamas to see the common public opinion, but the election itself is shrouded in many controversies. There had been several false reports on the voter turn-out, but the reports provided by the actual electoral commission show that less than 50% of eligible voters had actually voted (there were massive numbers of ineligible votes, and issues with multiple votes being casted by single individuals, several eligible voters were removed off the registration list etc..). In such a case we can clearly see that the election of Hamas was not based on a common consensus of public opinion, nor reflective of the majority of Palestinian views. To state that the people of Gaza, which implies the majority of Gazan’s, wish to see the destruction of Israel is a statement made on a total lack of evidence, and most unfortunately ignorance.

    This leads to your third point in examining the issue of Egypt’s closed border with Gaza. I feel as if time is on my side in this case seeing as how today (June 1st) reports were released that Egypt has opened the border to Gaza. You stated earlier that Egypt is clearly afraid of the spread of terror regimes, mainly Hamas, that could make their way across the border. Why the sudden decision to open the border? If Egypt was entirely dedicated to the notion that closing this border was a security measure to stop a regime from spreading than they would have surely NOT opened the border at this present time. If the threat of the regime was eminent to Egypt than the border would have remained closed, but we now know it has not. Does this mean that Egypt is no longer afraid of regime spreading?
    We have to keep in mind that this Hamas regime has always been constant, the goals of Hamas remain largely the same. In fact the New York Times had reported that the state of Israel had provided financial support to Hamas as a means to take down Arafat. Hamas, a group that has gone largely unchanged in terms of goals, was openly financed by the Jewish state, which at the time worked with them. Hamas has not changed, and yet the Israel state now condemns the same group that they had financially supported (again, the source here is New York Times).

    But I digress, to open the border, in what was almost an overnight decision, shows that Egypt’s fear, and resistance to the spread of regime is not as real as we have expected (do not misunderstand me here, I’m not saying that there is no regime to be spread, or that it is not harmful). Egypt would not have opened their borders if they knew it would in any way compromise security;the fact that they have shows that they don’t see a compromise in security. This would mean that the closure of Gaza on Egyptian borders has a far more political aspect that is unseen to the public. I do not wish to engage in conspiracy theories, and the so-called “hidden relationship between Israel & Egypt”, as these things are far too convoluted and lack any real significant facts, and that is simply the nature of conspiracy. So why the sudden opening of the border? It’s not as if the terror regime had disappeared over-night, it still exists. But Egypt opening its’ borders shows that the risk of opening borders is not that major. If it had any major consequences than the border would remained closed, and not open for the “unlimited amount of time” that Egypt has offered.

    Now, if there is ANYTHING that I want you to pay attention to is this last portion of my post. I am totally okay with you ignoring the entire top part of my post, so as long as you read this part. I entirely agree with you that “blaming”, and also vilifying Israeli’s is a result of Radical Islamic propaganda and lies. I would like to make three statements in regards to this. Firstly, we cannot mistake of saying that ALL Palestinian’s can be put into the category of radical Islamist’s. This is simply untrue, and a state of obvious ignorance.

    Secondly, the conflict between Israeli’s and Palestinian’s is far too often shrouded by political, national, and religious affiliations. Time and time again I hear from people that “Israel is evil” “Israeli’s are the new Nazi’s”, and several statements that are anti-semitic. Of course, the reverse is also true when we hear people spouting “Palestinian’s are terrorists” etc… And these statements I ENTIRELY disagree with, we cannot base this conflict on these ideas of who is evil, and who is not. And I know for a fact, that due of the nature of your site, you must get THOUSANDS of poster’s expressing anti-semitism, and of course the same views expressed about Palestinians. This is one of the ultimate faults in this conflict, that we base our judgments on public opinion, and biases that exist on both sides. It is a grave mistake for us to partake in these notions of being Pro-Palestinian, or Anti-Israeli, and doing so will only lead to an argument filled with hot air that voids common sense.

    Secondly, the conflict between the two groups cannot be entirely understood through casualties and acts of war. We should not engage in debates of “who struck first?” “who has killed most civilians?” “who is the true physical aggressor?” etc… The reason why we should avoid these can be understood on two basic grounds. Firstly, both sides can be accused of committing criminal acts, there have been both deaths of both Israeli, and Palestinian civilians. For every example of physical aggression committed by Palestinians (suicide bombers, militants, etc).. we can find an example of Israeli acts of aggression that have clearly targeted civilians. We both know that such an argument is entirely cyclical in nature, it goes around, and around with no common agreement achieved. This is in no way trying to excuse the death of civilians of either side, as I had stated earlier, both sides have committed unspeakable acts, and the death count continues to rise. And the second point relates directly to this, the amount of civilian causalities is often misreported by the media, and very difficult to grasp a solid number on.

    The main point of my post here is to look at the systematic oppression imposed by Israel. The policies that continuously harm, hinder, and affect the progress of the people in Gaza that have been put into place by the Israeli government is a clear case of oppression. The limit of water, the damaging policies that hurt economic growth, policies that punish the Palestinian agricultural industry (farming, fishermen etc…) are all examples in which Israel is partaking in systematic form of oppression that really cannot be denied. And you yourself have stated that Israel is NOT allowing enough aid to go into Gaza. To restrict people from basic aid such as a food, clothing, water, medical care, etc… is a violation of human rights. I will repeat this once more, because I find it VERY important, this is NOT a case of being Anti-Israeli, or Pro-Palestinian. This is simply a case in which human rights have clearly been violated, and this violation demands a response from world leaders. It doesn’t matter whether the Israeli’s have committed it, or the Canadian’s have committed it, or the British. So as long as there is a violation of human rights by ANY state, than that state should be called to answer to such crimes. And this case of human rights being violated is something very clear, and very one-sided. The fact that leader’s continue to ignore this is quite worrying for future generations.

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