In Gaza-Palestine, Hamas’s effective dictatorship means it is the authority responsible for infrastructure. In West-Bank-Palestine, the dictatorship of Mahmoud Abbas (president for life) is the authority responsible for infrastructure there. In Gaza-Palestine the aid Hamas receives from international donors goes primarily into funding terrorist activities and since Hamas took control of Gaza and turned the area into a launching pad for its attacks against Israel, ordinary Gazans have suffered.
Even now, in 2014, even after the damage and deaths suffered by Gazans during Operation Cast Lead, Hamas continues to provoke Israeli responses through rocket-fire into Israeli civilian areas. In late 2012, Hamas targeted both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, evidence that its goal is to cause as much human suffering as possible.
Supplies into Gaza from Israel across the crossing-points of Erez and Kerem Shalom are carefully examined and restricted to stop machine parts and other materials that can be forged into weaponry from getting in. This is not an ‘occupation policy’, an accusation which is often levelled at Israel, but rather it is a necessary defensive move taken by an embattled state which is fighting a prolonged conflict. Materials that can be fashioned into munitions still arrive however through the porous and tunnel-burrowed border between Gaza and Egypt.
Occupation policy? What occupation? There are no Israeli citizens in Gaza. There are no Israeli troops in Gaza. The Israeli Navy does however guard against weaponry and other materials that can be forged into weaponry from getting in to the entity. But, this is not ‘occupation’. Since the beginning of January 2014, some 6,762 trucks have crossed into Gaza-Palestine from Israel, and have carried 349,660 tons of food and equipment. 159,092 litres of diesel fuel for the power plant have been imported from Israel. In the short period between 3 February and 6 February 2014, some 1,445 trucks carrying 42,898 tons of goods have crossed. Oh…! Did somebody mention an Israeli blockade of Gaza-Palestine? Some might argue that there ought to be a blockade of the entity, but no, there isn’t.
In addition to the billions of dollars of aid from international bodies and individual countries into the ‘black hole’ which is Gaza-Palestine, and with little public infrastructure to show for it (but then they do continue picking fights with the big boys don’t they, and continue being bombed back to the stone age), the World Bank recently announced that it will be donating US $ 6.4 million to assist in the building of infrastructure. The grant will be augmented to the tune of US $11.1m by an Islamic organisation, the Islamic Development Bank, in order to construct water tanks and distribute water.
This new aid will help them towards ending the digging of ‘pirate wells’ and in allowing wastewater to flow into streams untreated…. both in breach of the obligations they have signed up to through the Oslo Water Agreement.
Imagine that!!!… Palestinians breaching agreements! Who would have thought that !