Feeding the Mouth that Bites: IDF Lets Gaza Imports Continue


gaza-aidThe IDF Spokesman’s Unit proudly announced today that Israel is continuing to allow supplies into Gaza. “In the shadow of the recent increase in rocket and mortar fire from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel, the IDF is continuing to move forward with its broad policy of aiding the civilian population of the Gaza Strip,” it said. “The policy is carried out in coordination with the Palestinian Authority, with the help of the international community.”

Over the past week, an average of 300 aid trucks entered Gaza per day (as far as Thursday is concerned, that makes about 30 trucks per missile fired at Israel – ed.). The trucks carried a variety of materials, including wheat, gravel and animal feed, among other items.

The goods were transferred into Gaza via the Kerem Shalom crossing, operated by the Ministry of Defense Crossing Authority, instead of the Karni crossing, which was recently closed due to security threats.

In the second half of 2011, it is expected that 450 trucks will enter Gaza daily to meet the import and export needs of the civilian population.

The IDF continues to aid the civilian population of Gaza in construction. Around 19,000 tons of aggregates (gravel used in the construction process to reinforce concrete) have been transferred to Gaza thus far.

Gravel is generally prohibited from being imported into the Gaza Strip due to concerns it will be used by terrorist organizations for the construction of bunkers, for example. However, coordinated deliveries of gravel are permitted for civilian projects only. The projects are funded and monitored by international organizations that operate in Gaza, and are intended for improvements in the areas of education, welfare and housing. Among other things, aggregates are to be used in the construction of hospital wings, residential buildings and schools.

{Read more at Arutz Shevah/Matzav.com}


  1. If Israel is going to enforce the Gaza blockade (which I think it should) then it has the moral responsibility to take care of the civilian population. It’s a fair deal, no?

  2. It is not the fault of the average civilian arab what the evil people do
    Prosecute the murderers, but we cannot lump all Arabs together

  3. This report should put further lie to the idea that the State of Israel does not care about the people in Gaza. But some people will only magnify the negatives of another whilst minimising the positives. As I have been stating now for more than seven years the entire region will benefit through mutual co-operation and trust building. The potential GDP of the region is great. Of course when attempting to work with another party it is prudent to be act on their negative and potentially dangerous modes of thinking and behaviour. The relationship between the Jewish people and their neighbours will continue to go through various trials and tests.