Last week, the Hamas celebrated the one-year anniversary of Pillar of Defense, that bizarre mosquito vs. F-16 conflict in which several Israeli buildings were hit by Gazan rockets and three Israelis were killed in their sleep (including one baby), and, on the other side of the border, large portions of Gaza were reduced to rubble.
Normal people wouldn’t celebrate this kind of misery, they would hang their heads in shame. But the Hamas is not staffed by normal people. The Hamas would literally swim in a pool of human refuse rather than recognize the right of its Jewish neighbors to the north and east to be alive.
A case in point: Jodi Rudoren’s report on raw sewage that’s been flooding the streets of a southern Gaza City neighborhood, the Islamist Hamas government shut down Gaza’s remaining power plant on Nov. 1, which, in turn, caused a pump station to flood.
In a crowded place like Gaza, one of the most crowded places on the planet, raw sewage flooding the streets means the outbreak of cholera and other plagues can’t be far behind. And three more sewage stations in Gaza City and 10 others across the Gaza Strip are about to overflow, sanitation officials told The Times.
Oh, and if Israelis living in luxury homes with great ocean views feel that this is someone else’s problem, it appears that 3.5 million cubic feet of raw sewage is gushing into the Mediterranean Sea daily.
Freshly caught fish, anyone? We get daily deliveries…
The Gaza sanitation department is warning that without sufficient electricity, it won’t be able to pump drinking water to Gaza homes. Gaza’s 1.7 million residents are now experiencing daily power failures of 12 to 18 hours. They sit in the dark, surrounded by pools of human excrement, and there’s no water.
Welcome to the 21st century’s Heart of Darkness, where yesterday’s bad things are today’s nostalgia.
Of course, we all know who is to blame for this – ask Juan R.I. Cole, the Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan, who two days ago wrote the immortal headline: Israel forces Gaza Children to Wade through Sewage as Creepy, Evil Blockade Continues.
Except that, according to Gisha, an Israeli group advocating freedom of movement to Gazans, even those with explosive overcoats, the number of Palestinians allowed to leave Gaza through Israel’s Erez crossing is up nearly 30 percent since July. And the number of trucks bringing goods, including fuel, into Gaza from Israel has increased 18 percent since July.
It’s exits and supplies through Egypt’s Rafah crossing which have been cut by two thirds since the Hamas patrons in Cairo had been hauled to prison.
Prof. Juan Cole desperately needs a new article generator.
The fact is, Hamas’s insistence that the only solution to Gaza’s problems is for the Jews to die en masse is coming back to haunt them. First, the Jews are not accepting this oprion for the moment. Second, Hamas’s defiant mode of supplies, through smuggling tunnels, is being effectively blocked by both Egypt and Israel. It’s a tossup right now who is more hell bent on bringing the Islamists down, Israel or the new rulers of Egypt. My money is on the Egyptians.
Finally, Hamas is not getting along with their brethren, the Fatah, either. They refuse to pay the $6.48 per gallon Fatah wants for the Israeli fuel it resells them. They say they won’t pay more than $3.16 per gallon, take it or leave it.
Fatah said, Leave it, and Hamas closed the last operating power plant. Now, that’s defiance.
It’s true that in comparison with Gaza, the PA’s Ramallah looks like a shining star of efficiency and prosperity—if not democracy. But that only works with the comparison thing. Otherwise, you won’t find a single, solitary Israeli Arab citizen willing to switch sides. Ask Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, he proposed it. Why not do a land swap, he asked innocently (OK, not innocently). Let the settlements become part of Israel, and in return the thriving Arab cities of Taibe and Um El Fahem would join the Palestinian State. You should have seen their raging response: they called him a racist and a fascist, for suggesting they become proud, independent Palestinians…
Juan Cole wrote: “Children are risking cholera and worse because they have to walk through raw sewage to get to school. The sewage has flooded the streets in Gaza City because the sewage treatment plant has no electricity. It has no electricity because the Israelis are blockading the strip, including its children (50% of the population). The Israelis are not letting cheap fuel in.”
But none of it is even remotely true, except for the fact that a high percentage of Gazans are children. The Israelis don’t sell fuel to Gaza, cheap or otherwise, the PA does. And Egypt used to.
It’s no fun wading through Gaza’s pools of you know what, and it won’t be any fun reading about the inevitable outbreak of mega diseases there. I also have no idea whether the rainy season, which is upon us, is good or bad for the conditions there. But I do hope that the inevitable mass suffering in Gaza would finally bring about the toppling of the Islamist monsters who are sitting on the necks of the Palestinians.
Gaza first.Yori Yanover
About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.
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