Where is the Outrage?Israel Continues to Block Gaza Humanitarian Aid

So many voices have loudly protested the rudimentary Hamas rocket attacks from Gaza but very few voices are being heard condemning Israeli crimes in denying Gazan access to food and other necessities.

In "US Complains of Blocked Gaza Aid" Chares Levinson writes in the Wall Street Journal of March 13, 2009:

"The US has complained to Israel over the holdup of aid shipments to Gaza of items as basic as jam, toothpaste, and toilet paper, which US officials say are being frequently trapped amid an erratic decision-making process...On Thursday, Israel rejected a shipment of 960 boxes of tuna, canned meat, diapers, wet wipes, sterile gauze, blankets, and candles, along with 184 boxes of flashlights."

It is wrong for the Gazan to fire rockets indiscriminately at Israeli civilians. Is it not a violation of international law to block the Palestinians from receiving humanitarian aid? Where is the outrage? Are Palestinian lives not equal to Israeli lives in international law?

Years ago suicide bombing was talked about as the be all end all of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Recently, the firing of rockets from Gaza was dealt with as the be all end all of the conflict. This fixation on sporadic suicide bombing and rocket firing ignores the daily indignities and violations that Israel has been engaging in with impunity against the occupied and persecuted Palestinians.

A muted moral outrage to Israeli crimes and violations helps perpetuate the vicious cycle of conflict.


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