Israel allows some once-banned products into Gaza

Dear editor,

Some utter nonsense has crept into the report “Israel allows some once-banned products into Gaza” by Associated Press Writer Diaa Hadid.

Israel has allowed some previously banned food items into the Gaza Strip… [which]does not include the most-sought items in Gaza, such as cement, steel and other materials needed to rebuild the war-devastated strip.”

In reality Israel does allow these building materials in if they are received by the Red Cross, the United Nations or other relief organizations, so that they don’t fall into the hands of the Hamas dictatorship. See below a quote from “Behind the Headlines: The Israeli humanitarian lifeline to Gaza,” Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, May 25, 2010, as you may find here: http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/About+the+Ministry/Behind+the+Headlines/Israeli_humanitarian_lifeline_Gaza_25-May-2010.htm

(We will not go into the further one-sidedness of the report, apparently only aimed at slandering the Jewish state. Unbecoming!)

Please correct. Thank you,

MM

 Building Materials:

  • While the import of cement and iron has been restricted into Gaza since these are used by the Hamas to cast rockets and bunkers, monitored imports of truckloads of cement, iron, and building supplies such as wood and windows are regularly coordinated with international parties. Already in the first quarter of 2010, 23 tons of iron and 25 tons of cement were transferred to the Gaza Strip.
  • On 13 May 2010, Israel allowed approximately 39 tons of building material into Gaza to help rebuild a damaged hospital. The construction material for al Quds hospital was transferred after safeguards in place and French assurances ensured that the construction material would not be diverted elsewhere.
  • On 24 May 2010, Israel opened Kerem crossing to 97 trucks loaded with aid and goods, including six trucks holding 250 tons of cement and one truck loaded with five tons of iron for projects executed and operated by UNRWA.
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