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Israel does allow aid to Gaza

September 12, 2018

In his “Where I Stand” column Sept. 6, “Humanitarian aid blocked from reaching Gaza,” Gulamhusein Abba pretends the ship Al Awda was about bringing needed humanitarian aid to the oppressed people living in Gaza.

Israel transfers massive amounts of goods to Gaza, including humanitarian aid, every day. As many as 1,000 trucks have crossed into Gaza through the Kerem Shalom crossing in a single day. Transfers are frequently blocked, unfortunately, because of repeated attacks by the very Arabs for which the humanitarian aid is meant. (Shades of the Menendez brothers.)

Ironically, two days before Abba’s column appeared, masochistic Arab rioters attacked and disabled the Erez crossing, though which an average of 1,000 Gazans cross into Israel every day, for medical care, studies and business; they won’t be able to cross again until Israel repairs the damage.

Israel does act to restrict the import of some goods into Gaza: weapons for terrorists. The true purpose of Al Awda was to break that partial blockade, because larger, heavier, more lethal weapons could more easily be smuggled into Gaza by sea than overland.

The carefully chosen name for the ship, “The Return,” makes this purpose clear. It’s all about “returning” millions of Palestinian Arabs to a foreign country in which they’ve never lived, Israel, ultimately overwhelming the Jewish population and using demographics to destroy the world’s only Jewish state.

There is a simple way for supporters of the Palestinian Arabs to end Israel’s partial “blockade” of Gaza: Stop firing rockets at our cities, stop burning our fields, give up the goal of eliminating our state.

That, of course, is unrealistic to expect, since the entire Palestinian struggle is not a positive one, a struggle for the independence they rejected in 1937, 1948, 2000, 2001 and 2008, but a negative one, a struggle for the destruction of the Middle East’s only real democracy.

Alan Stein

President Emeritus,


(Promoting Responsibility

in Middle East Reporting)