Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Gaza: We’ve been had
I’m sure you’ll all be shocked to hear that Ban Ki-Moonbat and Tony BLiar and all those other people who have told you about untoward suffering in Gaza have beenÂ embellishing the storyÂ lyingÂ aboutÂ what’s going on in Gaza. At least that’s what Yvonne Green says.
I flew to Tel Aviv and on Wednesday, January 28, using my press card to cross the Erez checkpoint, I walked across the border into Gaza where I was met by my guide, a Palestinian journalist. He asked if I wanted to meet with Hamas officials. I explained that I’d come to bear witness to the damage and civilian suffering, not to talk politics.
What I saw was that there had been precision attacks made on all of Hamas’ infrastructure. Does UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon criticize the surgical destruction of the explosives cache in the Imad Akhel Mosque, of the National Forces compound, of the Shi Jaya police station, of the Ministry of Prisoners? The Gazans I met weren’t mourning the police state. Neither were they radicalized. As Hamas blackshirts menaced the street corners, I witnessed how passersby ignored them.
THERE WERE empty beds at Shifa Hospital and a threatening atmosphere. Hamas is reduced to wielding its unchallengeable authority from extensive air raid shelters which, together with the hospital, were built by Israel 30 years ago.Â Terrorized Gazans used doublespeak when they told me most of the alleged 5,500 wounded were being treated in Egypt and Jordan. They want it known that the figure is a lie, and showed me that the wounded weren’t in Gaza. No evidence exists of their presence in foreign hospitals, or of how they might have gotten there.
From the mansions of the Abu Ayida family at Jebala Rayes to Tallel Howa (Gaza City’s densest residential area), Gazans contradicted allegations that Israel had murderously attacked civilians.Â They told me again and again that both civilians and Hamas fighters had evacuated safely from areas of Hamas activity in response to Israeli telephone calls, leaflets and megaphone warnings.
THE GAZA I saw was societally intact. There were no homeless, walking wounded, hungry or underdressed people. The streets were busy, shops were hung with embroidered dresses and gigantic cooking pots, the markets were full of fresh meat and beautiful produce – the red radishes were bigger than grapefruits. Mothers accompanied by a 13-year-old boy told me they were bored of leaving home to sit on rubble all day to tell the press how they’d survived. Women graduates I met in Sajaya spoke of education as power as old men watched over them.
No one praised their government as they showed me the sites of tunnels where fighters had melted away. No one declared Hamas victorious for creating a forced civilian front line as they showed me the remains of booby trapped homes and schools.
From what I saw and was told in Gaza, Operation Cast Lead pinpointed a totalitarian regime’s power bases and largely neutralized Hamas’s plans to make Israel its tool for the sacrifice of civilian life.
Corroboration of my account may be found in tardy and piecemeal retractions of claims concerning the UNWRA school at Al-Fakhora; an isolated acknowledgment that Gaza is substantially intact by The New York Times; Internet media watch corrections; and the unresolved discrepancy between the alleged wounded and their unreported whereabouts.
World, we’ve been had to the tune of $4.481 billion.Â Read it all.
Do I hear $4.481 billion?
The ‘donors’ conference’ at Sharm el-Sheikh in the Egyptian-occupied Sinai (heh) pledged $4.481 billion for Gaza over the next two years. That’s nearlyÂ an additional $3,000Â for every man, woman and child in the ‘impoverished,’ ‘overcrowded’ Strip (which is ‘one of the most densely populated areas in the world’). /Bull dung.
Most of the funds will come from the United States, European nations and Persian Gulf states. Saudi Arabia pledged $1 billion, the U.S. Plans to give at least $900 million, the European Union pledged $554.1 million, Qatar promised to donate $250 million and the United Arab Emirates $174 million.
Just think how many Madrassas they can build with all that money…. Just think that the American government is doing this as the economy lurches deeper into recession and the Dow fallsÂ below 7,000Â for the first time in 12 years. How productive!
Turkey, Italy and Japan also gave millions.
Dozens of countries and international aid groups attended the conference, which was called by the Palestinian Authority. The PA asked nations to give $2.8 billion. PA leaders have called to channel most of the money through the PA, which is based in Judea and Samaria.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul-Gheit and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon pushed to open Israeli crossings to Gaza as well. “Our first and indispensable goal.. is open crossings,” Ban said.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy pushed for open Israeli crossings as well, saying, “Gaza should not actually be a prison with open skies.”
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton emphasized that the money for Gaza would not go to Hamas, but rather would be used to rebuild structures demolished during Operation Cast Lead earlier this year, with a focus on vital infrastructure such as electric and sewage systems and on medical and educational facilities.
Donor nations have not yet determined how to rebuild in Gaza without going through Hamas. Hamas leaders have voiced their anger over their exclusion from the reconstruction efforts.
Does anyone really believe that Hamas is not going to get any of that money? Whom are they kidding?
The money raised Monday follows pledges of billions in aid to the PA in 2007 andÂ the provision of free food, electricity, education and water to most residents of Gaza for the past several years. [No wonder they don’t have jobs. Who needs to work under these circumstances! CiJ]
The PA’s fundraising efforts have been increasingly successful despite warnings from the World Bank, which concluded last year that foreign aid was used to increase the public payroll, and the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), which warned that funding the PA and Gaza allowed Hamas and other terrorist groups to continue attacking Israel with no need to take responsibility for the economic consequences of their actions.
I know a lot of beggars in Israel who should take lessons from these people.
I can’t decide whether all these Western governments are fools who really believe they are helping poor people or whether they are pleased to finance anti-Semitism (as Saudi Arabia, for example, undoubtedly is).
What do you all think?