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International humanitarian aid still enters Gaza

September 26, 2018

The recent Al Awda flotilla referred to in writer Gulamhusein Abba’s letter of Sept. 18 was an organized attempt to call attention to Israel’s embargo of Gaza and to reinforce the ongoing Hamas-led right of return violent border demonstrations.

However, the international media attention given to the flotilla should not be allowed to mask the violent terrorist history of Gaza under Hamas that has led to never-ending conflict with Israel and economic disaster for its population.

The original Palestinian Authority leadership in Gaza, which hoped to someday have a state of its own including the West Bank and Gaza, was subsequently overthrown by Hamas in 2007 and this has created a three-way nightmare for Israel, the PA and the civilian population of Gaza.

Hamas does not recognize Israel’s right to exist and decades later is still focused on the overthrow of Israel and the right of return of all who were displaced by the 1948 Arab War against the new State of Israel.

Hamas’s import of rockets and other weapons subsequently fired by the tens of thousands against Israel populations and the construction of infiltration tunnels under Israel’s border led to the embargo of arms and strategic materials.

When Israel unilaterally withdrew from Gaza in 2005 there was hope that given its location along the sea and its agricultural resources, that the Palestinians would build housing for those in refugee camps and hotels along the sea and new industry that would lead to economic development and jobs and self-sufficiency for its residents. Instead their leadership diverted resources to terrorism and used civilians as shields against counter attack.

International humanitarian aid still enters Gaza through the port of Ashdod and by daily trucks from Israel and via the United Nations. But as long as Hamas rules Gaza, there is no reason to expect that the future will be brighter for its long-suffering civilian population since this is a government that prioritizes hatred, war and martyrdom over past defeats, instead of fulfilling the current and future needs of its population.

Bert Boyson

Southbury

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