There have been so many rocket attacks, entirely of a terrorist nature and with not the slightest connection to a military assault (they don't even claim to be firing on our army, and even if they did claim it, it would be a complete nonsense) that even the most concerned resident of the Israeli communities under bombardment will have a hard time recalling one attack from another.
|Goods vehicles lined up to deliver supplies to the Gaza Strip|
But while it's not the numbers, today we do want to share some numeric data.
Week after week, the military of this country are engaged in constant interactions with the people responsible for the Gaza Strip. This is no mere abstraction; it comprises countless trivial steps that, together, allow life to go on for the people on both sides. Thankfully, we don't need the army intervening in the day to day minutiae of our lives - Israel is a robust society in every sense. But the lives of most Gazan Arabs, manipulated by several generations of Egyptians, Palestinians, "allies" and NGOs, are a well-documented catastrophe. Phenomenal, unprecedented sums of foreign aid - relatively little of it coming from Arab nations for reasons too shameful to detail here - poured in over decades have kept people alive. But they have done virtually nothing to turn their lives and communities into something sustainable and better. Gaza's electric power supply is subject to massive shortages with frequent blackouts in the past few days - no small problem in this unusually chilly winter. Unusual too is that few voices are blaming Israel for this. Yes, of course there are people who are responsible for the mess. But it's not the Israelis, so the miserable situation does not rise to headline-level news. It's just not news-worthy if Israel can't be blamed for it.
What's also not news is the volume of food, supplies and materials that pass through Israeli hands into Gaza week after week without fanfare. This goes literally unreported on a constant basis. Why? Not worth explaining if it's not obvious to you. According to the IDF (statistics here), deliveries into Gaza in the six days starting Sunday February 12, 2012 included
- More than a thousand cargo trucks delivering 25,342 tons of goods including 905 tons of cooking gas.
- 169 international organization staff members entered Israel via the Erez Crossing
- 206 international organization staff members left Israel to go into the Gaza Strip (Erez)
- 307 Gazan Arabs entered Israel for medical treatment (Erez)
|While we created the table, these are official donation numbers |
provided by UNRWA itself [source] covering all donations for the year 2010
and ranked by size of overall contribution. "Overall" includes payments for the core programme,
projects, emergency appeals for West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon and NBC.