* Classic! Hamas fux up big in Gaza and then blames the Jooozzz and the rest of the world for getting stuck in their own filth, but none of that bothers the entitlement brigades from the UN or the WHO
by Mehdi Lebouachera
The World Health Organisation voiced alarm on Monday about the health consequences of the “intolerable” isolation of the Gaza Strip, sealed off by Israel after Hamas seized control six months ago.
The WHO, which organised a Jerusalem symposium to highlight its concern, voiced particular alarm about Israeli fuel cuts, which it said affected Gaza hospitals, and limited access to outside treatment for those seriously ill.
“There is a situation of physical and mental isolation that has become intolerable,” Dr Ambrogio Manenti, head of the WHO for the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, told AFP on the sidelines of the conference.
“We as health professionals have to denounce this situation and the international community cannot tolerate it any longer,” he added.
Israel closed the Gaza Strip to all but essential humanitarian supplies after radical Islamist movement Hamas — which does not recognise the right of the Jewish state to exist — seized armed control in mid-June.
“The situation is under control, there is no outbreak of diseases but because of the social determinants we expect problems very soon,” said Manenti, who stressed there was no shortage of medication, imported without problem.
The WHO and the UN agency for Palestinian refugees urged “all parties involved to ensure that in the future all health facilities in Gaza are supplied with the appropriate amount of electricity and fuel.”
Israeli aid workers and the WHO charge that Israeli restrictions on patients being allowed to leave the Gaza Strip for treatment have endangered lives since Israel declared the Hamas-run territory a “hostile entity.”
The WHO says that 23 percent of requests in October for treatment in Israel were refused, compared with 17 percent in September and 10 percent in June.
“A number of people died in this process,” said WHO official Mahmud Daher.
But statistics on deaths blamed on the closure vary. The Palestinian health ministry says 23 people have died in recent months, while Physicians for Human Rights-Israel puts the number at 17.
Israel’s military rejects such statistics, saying only a small minority of requests are denied and that these apply only to people who pose a “security risk.”
But Manenti likened the system of granting permits to a Franz “Kafka novel,” with an increasing number of hoops to jump through to get a green light.
“They control how humanitarian cases are defined and entirely block the system,” said Hadas Ziv, director of Physicians for Human Rights.
In September, she said cancer patient Nael al-Kurdi was considered a security risk while he was “stuck in his bed and couldn’t move.” He died on November 17.
* Strangely, the UN sponsored WHO didn’t mention anything about the daily barrage of Quassam rockets into Israel…
Hamas leader whines to U.S. about deplorable conditions Hamas has created
Chutzpah Alert. “Hamas asks US to free Gaza ‘ghetto,'” by Martin Chulov in The Australian (thanks to JW):
THE Hamas rulers of Gaza have implored the US to bring an end to the crippling boycott of the Gaza Strip, which they have likened to the World War II siege of Warsaw’s Jewish Ghetto.
In the militant group’s first public appeal to the US since it won democratic elections in the Palestinian Territories in January last year Hamas said yesterday it did not have “any ideological arguments with the West”.
Say what? Well, I suppose after Annapolis, it isn’t so farfetched to think that the West subscribes to the Hassan Al-Banna epigraph in the Hamas Charter: “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.”
Hamas spokesman, Ahmed Yousef, said the group had tried unsuccessfully many times to directly contact US and European Union officials.
* Fatah scumbag Mahmoud Dahlan spills the beans in an interview to a Kuwaiti newspaper, and sez aloud what most people already know:
IsraelNN.com) Senior Fatah terrorist Mahmoud Dahlan spoke to a Kuwaiti newspaper this week, saying that Hamas must turn control of Gaza over to the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority before the two groups can reunite. The groups have similar long-term goals, he said, “From a practical standpoint, there are no large differences between the two sides.”
Both groups demand control over Judea, Samaria, historic Jerusalem, and Gaza, he said. Both also demand the “return” to Israel of several million foreign Arabs who claim descent from those who fled the country during the War of Independence. The main difference between the two groups is that Hamas does not recognize the authority of Fatah, the Oslo agreements, or the PA, he said.
* What would they do with it? Destroy it like everything else they ever touched?