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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

'Blockade'? What 'blockade'?

On Monday alone, over 73 trucks and 440,000 liters of gasoline was poured into the Gaza Strip as international aid. Since September 1st, over 448 truckloads of international aid including over 1,320,000 liters of gasoline have been given to the Gaza Strip. Since the end of Operation Cast Lead on January 18th, now over 2,000 truckloads of far more than 37,000 tons of humanitarian aid has been delivered to the Gaza Strip.

While sitting for hours watching truck after truck drive in and out of the Gaza Strip, over the phone with Dr. Adriana Katz, director of three of the mental health and trauma centers in Sderot told how there is no change in the lack of budget for the closing Sderot centers. The Emergency Center in Sderot was shut down this past July, and the director of the Sderot Trauma Center, Dalia Yosef, has been let go, and the area's four remaining centers are all set to be closed by December 1st.

How can a world that prides itself on slogans and political jargon of "both sides of the conflict" and "two states for two peoples," completely turn its back on the side of Sderot?

Let's go to the videotape. I'll have more afterward.

Daily, I receive statistics from the IDF about how many truckloads of aid are allowed into the Gaza Strip. Today, Tuesday, 440,000 liters of fuel and 81 aid trucks will be crossing. But you don't hear that from the world's media. Nor do you hear that Egypt is also keeping its border with Gaza closed and not allowing anything in. Nor do you hear any context about why items that are being sent into Gaza are restricted. Nor do you hear how Hamas confiscates any aid that could be useful to them, leaving their constituents to starve.

Guess why.


At 2:30 PM, Blogger Jacob Shrybman said...

Great post. Please put the link to the article on our website
and note the author Jacob Shrybman.

Thank you for creating the awareness we need in this world.

-Jacob Shrybman
Sderot Media Center

At 11:06 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Jacob, what kind of government do you have in your country that supplies the enemy with generous aid while Jews at home go in want?

It makes me sick!

At 12:06 PM, Blogger Jacob Shrybman said...

Norman, Its the same gov't that removed 9,000 of its citizens from the Gaza Strip and created the launching pad for over 7,000 rockets in 4 years.

I understand your frustration but it shouldn't be just the Israeli government that makes you sick but Jews and others around the world that allow these atrocities occur.

Why has this daily rocket reality been going on for 8 years? When along the course of these 8 years has it become so acceptable?

I am on your side Norman. We need your help to change things.

-Jacob Shrybman
Sderot Media Center


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