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Saturday, January 03, 2009

Humanitarian Aid to Gaza: Fact vs Fiction

Trucks were lined up nearly out of the line of sight early yesterday morning outside the Keren Shalom Crossing, each carrying a full load of food, medical supplies, cooking oil, or other necessities. Each one of the 72 trucks made its way from Israel, through the crossing, and to the people of Gaza. A similar line of trucks has brought supplies into Gaza already twice this week –and on Sunday more trucks will lining up to make that journey. Of course, this is a weekly occurrence. Every Friday morning, every Sunday and every Tuesday and Wednesday see supplies delivered into Gaza. Below is a brief clip of the supplies flowing from Israel to the people of Gaza taken yesterday morning.

Once again, what you see with your own eyes is a lot more reliable than what you read in propaganda-ridden media. Starving Gazans? Nope. No medical supplies? Nope. No help or aid? Um, it's coming from the "enemy". Those Zionist Dogs. What I want to know is, who the hell is going to take care of the Palestinians if Israel stops? For sure it isn't going to be their Arab neighbors. They haven't so far, and they're not going to start now. They'll sell them guns to kill their mutual enemy, but will they supply food and medical aid? I think not. This is called biting the hand that feeds you. This is called denying the facts and believing the fiction.

1) Fiction: There's no food in Gaza and people are starving.>News reports, including one produced by TV station 2 on Dec. 29, showed a resident in a food store saying: "Apparently, there is nothing, as you can see. There are no natural products for the kids. There is no milk. There is nothing here.

Fact: Warehouses in Gaza are filled to capacity, according to international aid groups. In the same France 2 TV clip referenced above, upon closer inspection, shelves filled with food can be seen in the reflection of a refrigerated door in the store.

To see clip: click on http://jt.france2.fr/20h/; click on "Lundi 29" – below the small screen; to the right of the new screen, click "Vie dans la bande de Gaza"

The World Food Program informed Israel that it would cease shipment of food to Gaza because the warehouses there are at full capacity, with enough food to last two weeks.

During a one-day period alone – Dec. 31– Israel facilitated the transport of 29 truckloads of food, including 15 truckloads of flour, into Gaza. And even as Hamas was firing rockets and mortars during the ceasefire, Israel facilitated the delivery of 2,500 tons (delivered on 93 trucks) of humanitarian aid, medical supplies and medication through the Kerem Shalom cargo terminal.

Since the beginning of the operation, about 6,500 tons of aid have been transferred into >Gaza at the request of the international organizations, the Palestinian Authority and various governments. Preparations are underway to facilitate further shipments.

2) Fiction: Gaza has no medical and other aid supplies to help the injured.

Fact: During the first 5 days alone of Operation Cast Lead, Israel has facilitated the delivery of 6,500 tons of aid, 179 truckoads -- into Gaza at the request of international organizations, the Palestinian Authority and various governments. The deliveries include basic food commodities, medication, medical supplies and blood units. Another 106 truckloads of humanitarian aid are expected to arrive in Gaza on Jan. 31.

The crossings to Gaza are open for the transfer of humanitarian aid from all international organizations, in full cooperation with the Israeli authorities and without restriction.

In a one-day period – Dec. 31 – enabled the transport of 9 truckloads of medicine and medical supplies, along with 10 ambulances, into Gaza

3) Fiction: Israel is refusing to allow injured Gazans into Israeli and Egyptian hospitals for treatment.

Fact: Israel has allowed a number of Palestinians into Israel for medical treatment they couldn't receive in Gaza. On Dec. 31, for example, 12 Palestinians accessed Israel for medical treatment in Israeli hospitals. Two of those evacuated were injured children; the remaining were chronically sick people, and their escorts, who were allowed into Israel for treatment not available in Gaza.

Further, Hamas – in an effort to exploit the suffering of innocent civilians - has refused to allow injured Palestinians to leave Gaza to go to Egypt for treatment.Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abu al-Gheit said earlier this week that Hamas was not allowing wounded Palestinians to cross the border into Egypt for treatment: "We are waiting for the wounded Palestinians to cross. They are not being allowed to cross."Asked who was to blame, he referred to Gaza by saying, "Ask the party in control on the ground in Gaza".

4) Fiction: Israel is purposely targeting civilians.

Fact: While Israel goes out of its way to minimize civilian casualties, Hamas actually places civilians in harm's way and uses them as shields. Because Hamas is known to use civilian residences to hide their weapons, on Dec. 27, the Israeli military – before launching an attack on such storehouses - called thousands of civilians in Gaza on their cell phones and left Arabic-language messages urging them to leave homes being used for weapons storage.

On Dec. 30, a reformist Iranian newspaper published a statement by a student organization that criticized Hamas for risking civilian lives, including children, by hiding its forces in nurseries and hospitals. The Iranian Culture Ministry shut down the newspaper after it printed the statements.

Israel has publicly stated time and again that it regrets the loss of any civilian life and considers each one a tragedy . However, both Iran-backed Hamas and Iran-backed Hezbollah have a history of faking deaths and funerals. For example, in Spring 2002, Palestinians were filmed as they attempted to stage a fake funeral as part of a gross exaggeration of the number of people killed in Jenin. The film shows Palestinians wrapping, then carrying a 'corpse' on a funeral pier; the 'corpse' falls off several times and gets back on – including in front of a large and surprised crowd.

Click here for video of faked funeral.

Although some reports say a quarter of the deaths during "Operation Cast Lead" have been civilians, Palestinian terrorists' history of deceptions and false claims require reporters to work to verify such information.

During Israel's defensive war against Hezbollah two years ago, the phenomenon was so common that it became known as "Hezbollywood." One of the best-known instances was when a man purporting to be a rescue worker at the site of a bombed village appeared in various photos in the international media, repeatedly displaying the same child's dead body at different times – and in different poses – throughout the day. The man, identified as Salam Daher, wore a green helmet in all of the photos, earning himself the nickname "green helmet guy." Daher was also found to have directed a camera shooting the scene.

5) Fiction: Israel has cut off electricity to Gaza.

Fact: In the past, Hamas officials have committed deceptions such as pulling dark curtains in mid-day while holding a meeting to make it look as though they were being forced to work by candlelight – a sham exposed by journalists who showed that it was actually daylight outside at the time.The ruse was carried out with the complicity of some Arab satellite TV stations. More recent such deceptions have come to light as recently as November 2008, when Palestinian Authority officials said Hamas staged new blackouts to try to get sympathy from the international community and provoke civilian violence against the Palestinian Authority and Israel. Further, terrorists in Gaza have fired rockets at – and hit - the power station in the Israeli city of Ashkelon that provides Gaza the majority of its electricity.

The terrorists also have fired on Israeli workers at a depot that provides fuel to Gaza and a suicide bomber destroyed lines providing electricity from Israel into Gaza. There's no shortage of fuel in the Gaza Strip and the Electricity Company is continuing to function normally," a PA official said in November. "Our people in the Gaza Strip have told us that the blackouts are all staged as part of the Hamas propaganda. There's enough fuel in the Gaza Strip," he said. "Even when Israel reduces the fuel supplies, Hamas continues to smuggle tens of thousands of liters through the underground tunnels."

6) Fiction: Palestinian journalists are unbiased and show what's 'really' happening in Gaza.

Fact: Some Palestinian journalists are manipulating and exploiting unintended victims of the Israeli strikes. Said one Palestinian journalist, members of the Palestinian media are 'directing' civilians to cry and telling them what to say in interviews: "A mother of one of the martyrs stood by the door of the intensive care unit while crying... relatives and those around her were telling her what she should say to the television cameras: 'Say your son [before he died] prayed and went out.' Another tells her: 'Curse the Arab leaders'... The journalists [in the hospitals] are going overboard in their insensitivity and taking advantage of the [difficult] moments, with the explanation that they are showing this to the world. One cameraman told a mourning mother: 'Hit your face, cry, do some action.'"

[1] "Vie dans la bande de Gaza," France 2, Dec. 29, http://jt.france2.fr/20h/ [to see clip: click on http://jt.france2.fr/20h/; click on "Lundi 29" – below the small screen; to the right of the new screen, click "Vie dans la bande de Gaza")

[2] "12 Palestinians from Gaza transferred to Israeli hospitals for assistance and 2500 tons of humanitarian aid transferred to Gaza," Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dec. 31, 2008

[3] "Presentation to Military Attaches," Ministry of Defense, Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories, December 2008

[4] "12 Palestinians from Gaza transferred to Israeli hospitals for assistance and 2500 tons of humanitarian aid transferred to Gaza," Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dec. 31, 2008

[5] Ibid.

[6] Martin, Patrick, "Israel shoots down ceasefire proposal," Globeandmail.com, Dec. 30, 2008, ; "FACTBOX-Countries pledge aid to Palestinians in Gaza," Reuters, Dec. 31, 2008, ; "Israel increases humanitarian effort to the Gaza Strip," Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dec. 30, 2008,

[7] "FACTBOX-Countries pledge aid to Palestinians in Gaza," Reuters, Dec. 31, 2008, ; "Israel increases humanitarian effort to the Gaza Strip," Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dec. 30, 2008,

[8] "Humanitarian aid to Gaza following the 6-month calm," Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jan. 1, 2009

[9] "Presentation to Military Attaches," Ministry of Defense, Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories, December 2008

10] "Israeli Humanitarian Aid to Gaza," Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dec. 31, 2008, Communicated by the Ministry of Defense - Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories

[11] Shahine, Alaa, "Egypt: Hamas denying Gazawounded treatment in Egypt," Reuters, Dec. 28, 2008

[12] Ibid.

[13] Barzak, Ibrahim and Teibel, Amy, "Israeli assault on Hamas kills more than 200," Associated Press, Dec. 27, 2008.

[14] Al-Ayyam, Jan. 1, 2009 via Palestinian Media Watch: Gaza Update 8, Jan. 1, 2009, "Hamas hiding forces in nurseries and hospitals."

[15] Lerner, Aaron, "Israel screens fake Palestinian funeral for reporters," Independent Media Review Analysis (IMRA), May 2, 2002

[16] Lyons, Andrew Ford, "Digitally Erasing a Massacre: Why Hezbollywood Was Born," Counterpunch, Aug. 15, 2006

[17] Kalb, Marvin and Saivetz, Carol, "THE ISRAELI-HEZBOLLAH WAR OF 2006: The Media as a Weapon in Asymmetrical Conflict," research paper prepared at the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, for presentation at the U.S.-Islamic World Forum in Doha, Qatar on Feb. 18, 2007, "'Green Helmet Man' accused of staging pix," Fox News Channel, Aug. 15, 2006

[18] Soltis, Andy, "Hamas Dim Bulbs in Fake-Blackout Ruse," The New York Post, Jan. 30, 2008,

[19] Abu Toameh, Khaled, "PA: 'Hamas is staging Gaza blackouts,' The Jerusalem Post, Nov. 19, 2008,
[20] Coughlin, Con, "Gazans should make the most of their liberation – it won't last," The Daily Telegraph, Jan. 25, 2008

[21] "Terror in Gaza 12 months since the Hamas takeover," Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, June 16, 2008,

[22]Abu Toameh, Khaled, "PA: 'Hamas is staging Gaza blackouts,' The Jerusalem Post, Nov. 19, 2008,

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Blogger Greg said...

The humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip is grim and getting worse by the day. Despite significant obstacles, Mercy Corps is getting aid to families who need our help.
On Sunday, staff and volunteers distributed food boxes to 180 families in Khan Younis, and delivered another $7,000 worth of mattresses, blankets, powdered milk and other relief items to families in Rafah.
As Israel announced stepped-up attacks inside Gaza, Mercy Corps continued to distribute emergency aid to families displaced by the fighting.

12/1/09 4:00 PM  
Blogger RivkaSarit said...

Thanks for the effort you put into this report! Your referneces are wonderful. I'm quoting your blog on my own! Keep up the good work!

1/2/09 7:00 AM  

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