Sunday, April 07, 2013

NGO map of Gaza reveals quite a bit

An enterprising Gazan created an interesting interactive map of Gaza City.

Here, in one section downtown, you can see how many NGOs that are listed by the site:

On the website, you can mouse-over the icons and see which NGOs each represents.

There is certainly a lot of outside money being funneled into Gaza.

On Friday, Ben Dror Yemini in Maariv linked to an old post of mine that showed graphically the top twenty recipients of humanitarian aid per capita from 2000-2009 - and the amount spent per Palestinian Arab was off the charts compared to everyone else:

Just today, I was sent this article from UNDP, talking about $11 million being spent in the West Bank and Gaza on HIV awareness and treatment. The article says that there are only 8 cases of HIV known in Gaza, and only several dozen in the WB. Last year I mentioned the same program, which organized a conference for 100 people to attend about the topic, just for Gaza - some twelve times more people attending the conference than known HIV patients!

In a world with unlimited cash, spending millions to save the lives of a handful of people might make sense. But we don't live in that world, and it is pretty clear that the Palestinian Arab cause has managed to take away much needed humanitarian aid from, well, hundreds of millions of people who need aid more than they do.

NGOs themselves are businesses, and they look at the territories as places that are relatively safe but that they can raise lots of money for and gets lots of people to volunteer to go. This situation of huge inflows of cash to the territories, towards organizations that often rely on demonizing Israel to raise more cash, is a perpetual motion machine.

The entire NGO industry in the territories is a scandal, but no one is willing to blow the whistle.

(h/t Gidon Shaviv, Avi Mayer)