Monday, October 03, 2005

Israel sends gift of tons of food to Gaza Arabs - what about poor Israelis?

The Sufa crossing point into southern Gaza opened for business today as IDF troops transferred tons of food to the Palestinian Authority (PA) for distribution among the Arabs of Gaza.

Twenty trucks carrying milk, beef, fruits, entered the Gaza district, after the food transfer was coordinated between the PA and an IDF unit responsible for coordinating government activities in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza.

The head of that unit, Col. Nir Press, said that the food transfer was approved as “an exception” to Israeli policy, by Gen. Dan Harel, head of the Southern Command of the IDF.

Since the August pullout from Gaza, crossing points from Israel into the Gaza district have been closed, because Israel and the PA have failed to reach agreement on how to operate them.

Today’s food transfer was made pursuant to a PA request prior to the Islamic holiday of Ramadan.

It all seems so admirable that Israel is willing to provide aid to the poor Palestinian Arabs who get more money per capita in aid than any other people on Earth.

However, one in three Israeli children live below the poverty line. Over 100,000 Israelis are considered poor.

And it just so happens that today is the eve of a Jewish holiday as well.

Here is an organization that should be receiving "tons of food" from the IDF.