Reality disproves Charles Krauthammer’s claim in his 6-4 column that Israel would simply truck the goods on board the aid flotilla to Gaza after inspecting for military material.
The flotilla contained aid items Israel has not been permitting in. Like paper. Like water purifiers to mitigate the high incidences of kidney disease and “blue baby” syndrome.
Israel says, and Krauthammer repeats, that “every week 10,000 tons of food, medicine and other humanitarian supplies are sent by Israel to Gaza.”
Yes, Israel allows some aid in. But what, and compared to what? Not parts necessary for repairing medical equipment. Not fresh meat. Not shoes (until recently). The Israeli organization Gisha.org has a partial list of items banned.
BBC recently saw a disturbing document showing how Israel calculates the caloric needs of Palestinians based on weight to avoid crossing “red lines” that would lead to literal starvation.
M.J. Rosenberg says in his “Lying About the Gaza Flotilla Disaster” article: “The World Food Program says Gaza requires a minimum of 400 trucks a day to meet basic nutritional needs – yet an average of just 171 trucks worth of supplies enters Gaza every week.”
Amnesty International calls Israel’s blockade “a flagrant violation of international law.” Human Rights Watch calls it “collective punishment.” Law professor George Bisharat recently laid out his legal reasoning as to why the blockade is illegal.
We need an international inquiry into Israel’s blockade and the events surrounding the aid flotilla’s attempt to break it.