Skip to main content

View Diary: Israel Launches 'Palestinian-Only' Bus Lines (152 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  Oh, and since Ashraf Abu Al-Houl's visit... (0+ / 0-)

    here's a link to all of the shipments from Israel during the "seige":
    http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/...
    Note that even during the rocket attacks Israel was shipping material per instructions from the Gazans - "A wide variety of commodities - including spices, cakes and candies, toys, cosmetic products, housewares and other items according to the demands of the vendors and the customers"

    I haven't been here long enough to be considered a Kossack, does that mean that I'm just a sack?

    by Hey338Too on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 09:07:52 PM PST

    [ Parent ]

    •  Once again (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Diane Gee, Flyswatterbanjo, poco

      most Gazans do not have the money or the income to pay for these goods. Just because some goods get smuggled in by tunnels and are available in one shop or several does not mean the supply is sufficient for the demand. Now please go and read the links I provided to you and get your facts straight, rather than your anecdotes. When you realize just how large a percentage of refugees there are in Gaza and just how the unemployment rate is, you might actually begin to grasp the scale of this Israeli-made tragedy and stop trying to defend a policy that has left 10% of Gazan children's growth stunted.

      •  So in Gaza the basic law of supply and demand... (0+ / 0-)

        ... is suspended?  Business is business, if there isn't demand there will not be supply.  No one orders and pays for products to have them sit, or worse, to spoil.  There are tons and tons of goods coming from from Egypt AND Israel.  That does not sound like a siege by any definition.  It appears that there is wealth and money to be made in Gaza, how that wealth and money is distributed is not Israel's fault.

        I haven't been here long enough to be considered a Kossack, does that mean that I'm just a sack?

        by Hey338Too on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 09:49:15 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  I checked out the link you (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Diane Gee, Flyswatterbanjo, poco

      supplied and even they admit that there was a point in the seige where supplies were much more restricted than they are now. Not that they are generous now by any means. But if you go back to diaries here at around the time of the last Israeli attack on Gaza, you'll find a lot of talk here about 'terrorist crayons' and 'terrorist lentils' since those were basic items that the UN could not get into Gaza at the time. And while the Jewish Virtual Library bills the shipments as 'Israeli Humantarian Aid' it's actually the UNRWA and other aid organisations who actually supply it and have the frustration of coordinating it with the Israeli authorities.

      And despite what your link says abut the recent increases in goods supplied, Gazans are still chronically short of medical and educational supplies as well as many other goods. There are still issues with electricity and sewage. Additionally, for years, Gazans were not allowed to export anything and only just recently were some shipments of strawberries allowed to go to Europe.

      The point is that the economic devolution imposed on Gaza and the West Bank has been documented in innumerable World Bank, IMF, EU and reports by many NGOs. The fact that this situation exists, that Palestinians have their right to work and earn their living made difficult to impossible by Israel is a mark of shame for Israel. Just imagine if this was being done to Jews.

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site