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Friday, January 30, 2009


Iran's help to Gaza not the only one blocked

I've written about the 2,000 tons of medical and food aid sent from Iran to Gaza which has been refused entry by Egypt. No doubt apologists for Israel (and Egypt) would claim that this has to do with "smuggling weapons" or the like (although actually as far as I know they haven't even bothered to offer an excuse).

Of course any such excuse would be nonsense. As is proved by the latest development:

The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Friday that Israel had blocked the entry of a water purification station into Gaza, forcing the repatriation of the equipment.

French foreign ministry spokesman Eric Chevallier commented that the Israeli ambassador to Paris was summoned to expound on why Tel Aviv denied Gazans the much-needed system.
Once again, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, who's busy telling the world they're going to start raising money for humanitarian aid for Gaza, and George Mitchell, who's busy shaking hands with butchers, could (in conjunction with his boss in Washington) actually do something to see that that humanitarian aid starts flowing now (like, threaten an immediate cutoff of U.S. aid to Egypt unless the aid is released). Once again, no such luck for the people of Gaza.

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