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Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Free Gaza ignores increased aid to Gaza

Israel has steadily been working to increase the number of goods being brought into Gaza. The average number of trucks entering Gaza with goods has gone up from 140 to 250, and Israel is expanding both the number of hours and the size of the Kerem Shalom crossing.

This is all in response to the flotilla incident, so pretty much anyone would agree that the organizers of the flotilla have succeeded in helping ordinary Gazans, as prices have plummeted for consumer goods and the Gaza economy is in significantly better shape today than it was only two months ago.

Yet the Free Gaza movement is almost silent on this accomplishment. In fact, rather than celebrate its role in helping Gaza, it is dismissive of any increased aid, quoting UNRWA's Chris Gunness on its website as saying that any limitations on goods going into Gaza is still collective punishment and illegal. One would think that they would at least be somewhat self-congratulatory on helping Gazans - their supposed goal - but they are not.

I have not seen anything from Free Gaza or similar groups that suggest any way to limit Hamas' ability to build or import weapons aimed at Israeli civilians.

It sure sounds like their goal is not to help Gazans but to help Hamas. Which would be consistent with the published positions of these "peace activists"  in favor of violent "resistance."