Israel wipes its hands of Gaza… with the toilet paper it is withholding from Gazans at the border crossing2
March 12, 2009 by theradicalmormon
As an illustration of the punitive measures the Israelis are taking on allowing items into Gaza for humanitarian purposes, toilet paper is apparently sometimes not allowed in:
The United States is protesting to Israel over seemingly random restrictions on deliveries to the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip of harmless goods such as soap and toilet paper, diplomats said Wednesday.
In one case, Israel blocked for weeks a World Food Program (WFP) shipment of chickpeas, used to make the Palestinian food staple hummus, the U.N. food agency said…
But U.S. and Western officials complain the limited list of humanitarian goods that Israel allows into Gaza changes almost daily, creating major logistical problems for aid groups and donor governments which are unable to plan ahead.
“It is totally surreal,” one European diplomat said of Israeli decision-making. “One day we had 600 kg (1,300 pounds) of pasta at the Kerem Shalom crossing but they said, ‘Today, pasta can’t go in’.”
Another Western diplomat said: “It’s ever-changing. One week jam is okay and the next week it’s not.”
In addition to soap and toilet paper, the officials cited restrictions that come and go on imports of certain types of cheeses, toothbrushes and toothpaste.
And, of course, what is Israel’s response to all of this?
In a letter of response, obtained by Reuters, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Israel was cooperating with international organizations and would keep Gaza’s border crossings open to humanitarian assistance “for exclusively civilian needs.”
Of course it is well known that pasta, toilet paper, chickpeas, cheese and toothpaste, mixed together in the correct proportions, and strapped to the belt of a person with the proper motivation, could wreak havoc on Tel Aviv. Or could it be a fear of waking in the morning and finding that the separation wall was TP’d?