Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hamas and Islamic Jihad attack humanitarian aid entering Gaza, as usual

Islamic Jihad took credit for a recent attack on the Kerem Shalom crossing

Today, Hamas or one of its terrorist allies in Gaza, fired a 107 mm rocket at the Kerem Shalom border crossing between Israel and Gaza.

Indeed, Palestinian terrorists have targeted the Kerem Shalom crossing throughout their current war against Israel. What makes this bizarre is that this is the border crossing where nearly all humanitarian aid enters Gaza.

Since the beginning of the war, more than 5,000 trucks carrying tens of thousands of tons of humanitarian goods, including medical equipment, food, fuel, gas, and other goods have crossed via Kerem Shalom into Gaza.

Why do Gaza hospitals have medicine and other medical supplies? Because the Israeli army keeps the border open. Why don’t Gazans starve? Again, because the IDF protects this crucial border crossing and ensures that supplies get into Gaza.

On a couple occasions, the terrorists have even managed to briefly close the border. For example, on August 10, an Israelis spokesman announced:
After continuous and intentional rocket fire at the Kerem Shalom Crossing this morning and this afternoon, during which trucks carrying flammable materials to the Gaza Strip were almost hit, we took the exceptional decision to close the crossing in order to protect the lives of workers and traders.

Of course when the terrorists succeed in closing the border, they close down all humanitarian aid to Gaza.

But these on-going attempts by Hamas to prevent aid from entering Gaza have gone largely unreported in the international press. Human rights groups haven’t protested, the UN remains silent, and pro-Palestinian groups are utterly indifferent. 

As the Elder of Ziyon remarks: “You almost get the impression that they would prefer to have Gazans starve so they have something else to blame on Israel.

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