Jan 4 2009
While the Palestinians receive more financial aid per capita than any group of people on earth, it is sadly not enough. Imagine being forced to choose between eating a hearty meal and purchasing a 122mm Qassam rocket. Oh the injustice!
Do these people look like they are destitute? This was shot on Dec. 3rd. Their markets are overflowing with the spoils of American and European $$billion in aid and supplies.
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BOO HOO…POOR GAZA FAMILIES ARE REDUCED TO EATING GRASS TO SURIVE?
“We had one meal today,” said Abu Amra, 43, showing the leaves of a plant that grows along the streets of Gaza. “Every day, I wake up and start looking for wood and plastic to burn for fuel and I beg. When I find nothing, we eat this grass.”
AS a convoy of blue-and-white United Nations trucks loaded with food waited last night for Israeli permission to enter Gaza, Jindiya Abu Amra and her 12-year-old daughter went scrounging for the wild grass their family now lives on.
The only grass I could find was being used by masked Palestinian militants from Islamic Jihad as camouflage as they hold their weapons during a rally in Gaza City.
Well, maybe they were too busy enjoying the carnival to look for food.
According to the Times, Gazans are foraging for wild grass just to stay alive (apparently between waits for the Ferris Wheel and bumper car.
Abu Amra and her unemployed husband have seven daughters and a son. Their tiny breeze-block house has had no furniture since they burnt the last cupboard for heat. (7 daughters and 1 son? And her husband is out of work? Gee, maybe they should try birth control)
“I can’t remember seeing a fruit,” said Rabab, 12, who goes with her mother most mornings to scavenge. She is dressed in a tracksuit top and holed jeans, and her feet are bare. (I guess she isn’t looking very hard)
A Palestinian worker supervises the washing of grapefruits at the Gaza Juice Factory in Gaza City on December 18, 2008.
Conditions for most of the 1.5 million Gazans have deteriorated dramatically in the past month, since a truce between Israel and Hamas broke down. Israel says it will open the borders again when Hamas stops launching rockets at southern Israel.
Palestinians buy and sell pastries at market as they prepare for the EID holiday
Israel controls the borders and allows in humanitarian supplies only sporadically.Families had electricity for six hours a day last week. Cooking gas was available only through the illegal tunnels that run into Egypt, and by last week had jumped in price from 80 shekels per canister (£14) to 380 shekels (£66).
Sure doesn’t look like supplies of sweets and candy are in short supply
The UN, which has responsibility for 1m refugees in Gaza, is in despair. “The economy has been crushed and there are no imports or exports,” said John Ging, director of its relief and works agency.
No shortage of goats and sheep for sale
“Two weeks ago, for the first time in 60 years, we ran out of food,” he said. “We used to get 70 to 80 trucks per day, now we are getting 15 trucks a day, and only when the border opens. We’re living hand to mouth.” He has four days of food in stock for distribution to the most desperate – and no idea whether Israel will reopen the border. The Abu.
For a ‘starving people’ they certainly were only too happy to attend a giant rally for Hamas’ 21st birthday, where tens of thousands of cheering Gazans rejoiced.
PHOTOS courtesy of:www.daylife.com
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