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Palestinians Demand Aid For All In Gaza

From a heart-broken Reuters:


Palestinians in Gaza appeal for more aid

By Nidal al-Mughrabi Thu Jul 19

GAZA (Reuters) – Children raced to help parents collect food from U.N. aid distribution centers in the Gaza Strip as women sat in the shade near trucks, waiting for their names to be called to receive their food rations.

The enclave’s isolation has deepened since the Islamist Hamas group routed their Western-backed rivals to seize control last month. Israel, effectively at war with Hamas, has sealed off key border crossings, stifling trade and forcing thousands of Palestinians to seek handouts from U.N. aid bodies.

The U.N. aid agency for Palestinian refugees says that up to 825,000 of Gaza’s 1.5 million inhabitants, classed as refugees, currently receive food rations, and the U.N. World Food Program aids a further 200,000 people.

As U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon prepared to meet fellow members of the Quartet of mediators in Lisbon on Thursday, Palestinians urged the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) to widen its program to feed more people.

“We now have only God and then UNRWA,” said Ahmed al-Jammal, a father of five, inside an aid centre in Gaza City. “We have no other source of income,” he said as he received sacks of flour and rice and bottles of cooking oil…

Saeed Darwish, a father of 10, said U.N. food aid had become the “lifeline” for hundreds of thousands of Palestinians.

“There are many families who are in need of your help and they do not get it,” Darwish said as sacks of flour piled in front of him…

Umm Saleh, wearing traditional Muslim attire that covered most of her face, said her family, including seven children, depended on UNRWA aid but had other things to worry about.

We need money, we have children who study at schools and universities, they need clothes and stationery,” she said at another aid distribution centre in Khan Younis in southern Gaza…

Weren’t we told that if the Israelis gave the Palestinians Gaza it would become a model of a well run country and heaven on earth?

Were we lied to?

Look at the math:

The U.N. aid agency for Palestinian refugees says that up to 825,000 of Gaza’s 1.5 million inhabitants, classed as refugees, currently receive food rations, and the U.N. World Food Program aids a further 200,000 people.

As U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon prepared to meet fellow members of the Quartet of mediators in Lisbon on Thursday, Palestinians urged the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) to widen its program to feed more people.

825,000 + 200,000 = 1,025,000 of the 1,500,000 population. And still they want the program expanded.

They want everyone to get a UN (read US) handout. And, of course, not just food:

“We need money, we have children who study at schools and universities, they need clothes and stationery”

Oh, God, the humanity.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, July 19th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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