Israel wipes its hands of Gaza… with toilet paper it is holding at border-crossings

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?

http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSTRE52A5TA20090311?pageNumber=1&virtualBrandChannel=10112

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2 Responses to “Israel wipes its hands of Gaza… with toilet paper it is holding at border-crossings”


  1. 1 Vien AM April 19, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Like a big state or big family which its people has a possibility to disobey and break the rule even the rule is very good, so do Islam. In Islam more than one perception could be happened.But since they obey the Quran and hadist entirily , they are still called good Muslims.

    To well- understand Islam you can not take just 1, 2 or more ayats. You have to understand many thing ; the situation where, when, why the ayat happened, how the prophet Muhammad ( peace be upon him) reacted with the ayat. And so did the 4 of caliphates.

    “With Him are the keys of the unseen, the treasures that none knoweth but He. He knoweth whatever there is on the earth and in the sea. Not a leaf doth fall but with His knowledge: there is not a grain in the darkness (or depths) of the earth, nor anything fresh or dry (green or withered), but is (inscribed) in a record clear (to those who can read)”.(QS.Al-Anam(6):59).

    “To Allah belongeth all that is in the heavens and on earth. Whether ye show what is in your minds or conceal it, Allah Calleth you to account for it. He forgiveth whom He pleaseth, and punisheth whom He pleaseth, for Allah hath power over all things”.(QS.Al-Baqarah(2):284).

    “O mankind! if ye have a doubt about the Resurrection, (consider) that We created you out of dust, then out of sperm, then out of a leech-like clot, then out of a morsel of flesh, partly formed and partly unformed, in order that We may manifest (our power) to you; and We cause whom We will to rest in the wombs for an appointed term, then do We bring you out as babes, then (foster you) that ye may reach your age of full strength; and some of you are called to die, and some are sent back to the feeblest old age, so that they know nothing after having known (much), and (further), thou seest the earth barren and lifeless, but when We pour down rain on it, it is stirred (to life), it swells, and it puts forth every kind of beautiful growth (in pairs)”.(QS.Al-Hajj(22):5).

    163. And your Allah is One Allah. There is no god but He, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
    164. Behold! in the creation of the heavens and the earth; in the alternation of the night and the day; in the sailing of the ships through the ocean for the profit of mankind; in the rain which Allah Sends down from the skies, and the life which He gives therewith to an earth that is dead; in the beasts of all kinds that He scatters through the earth; in the change of the winds, and the clouds which they Trail like their slaves between the sky and the earth;- (Here) indeed are Signs for a people that are wise. (QS.Al-Baqarah(2): 163-164).

    “Say ye: “We believe in Allah, and the revelation given to us, and to Abraham, Isma’il, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and that given to Moses and Jesus, and that given to (all) prophets from their Lord: We make no difference between one and another of them: And we bow to Allah (in Islam).” (QS. Al-Baqarah(2):136).

    “Those were some of the prophets on whom Allah did bestow His Grace,- of the posterity of Adam, and of those who We carried (in the Ark) with Noah, and of the posterity of Abraham and Israel of those whom We guided and chose. Whenever the Signs of ((Allah)) Most Gracious were rehearsed to them, they would fall down in prostrate adoration and in tears”.(QS.Maryam(19):58).

    “The Messenger believeth in what hath been revealed to him from his Lord, as do the men of faith. Each one (of them) believeth in Allah, His angels, His books, and His apostles. “We make no distinction (they say) between one and another of His apostles.” And they say: “We hear, and we obey: (We seek) Thy forgiveness, our Lord, and to Thee is the end of all journeys.”
    (QS.Al-Baqarah(2):285

    “Say: He is Allah, the One and Only; Allah, the Eternal, Absolute; He begetteth not, nor is He begotten; And there is none like unto Him”.(QS.Al-Ikhlas):1-4)

    In other words,
    1.There’s nothing what Muslims do but always in Allah’s way.
    2.Killing with any reason out of syariah is forbidden.( ex. when someone is in danger, Islam allows him to kil).
    3.Haram As-Syarif ( Al-Aqsho and Dome of The Rock ) is always a mosque that belongs to all Muslim all over the world. So it must be defended.
    4.The Palestinians have the right to continue their life normally, with sufficient facilities( clean water , electricity, healthy life and so on).
    5.Hamas has right and responsibility to protect their people from being humiliated.
    6.Palestinians have right to have their own state.

    Best Regards,
    Sylvia Nurhadi(Indonesia).

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