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'Gaza refuses to receive medicines sent by Israel'

Gaza Arabs on Tuesday prevented the entry of truckloads of drugs from the Israeli Magen David Adom into the Gaza Strip, Ma’an reported. The group of “activists” prevented the entry of trucks via the Kerem Shalom crossing in the southern Gaza Strip, declaring they refuse to help “beautify the image of the occupation by sending medicines.”

The National Commission for the “camps of the return march and breaking the siege in the Gaza Strip,” which is the name Hamas agents use to describe their riots headquarters, refused to receive any medicine, after discovering that Israel added truckloads of meds to a convoy of medical supplies coming from Ramallah, calling it “Israeli arrogance.”

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The Commission warned that it would deal with these “attempts to improve the image of the occupation” by using “open-ended upheaval.”

The Commission called on the authorities to take the necessary measures to return the medicine and not to receive it, stressing that “the lifting of the siege is required and we will not allow the improvement of the image of the occupier at the expense of the blood of innocent martyrs.”

In “Apocalypse Now,” the Vietnam version of Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness,” Colonel Kurtz, played so memorably by Marlon Brando, recalls his time with US Special Forces: “We’d left the camp after we had inoculated the children for polio, and this old man came running after us and he was crying. He couldn’t say. We went back there, and they had come and hacked off every inoculated arm. There they were in a pile, a pile of little arms, and I remember, I…I…I cried, I wept like some grandmother. I wanted to tear my teeth out. I didn’t know what I wanted to do. And I want to remember it. I never want to forget it. I never want to forget. And then I realized like I was shot, like I was shot with a diamond, a diamond bullet right through my forehead. And I thought, ‘My God, the genius of that. The genius. The will to do that. Perfect, genuine, complete, crystalline, pure! And then I realized they were stronger than me because they could stand it.”

As Hamas is sending out calming messages seeking “hudna” (a ceasefire to be broken as soon as you’re refreshed and ready to pick up the fight again), Israel must not forget the stern willingness of Hamas to let its injured civilians go without medicine in order to deny the other side the public relations “victory.” They must not be allowed to reap the benefits of throwing their human shield civilians at the border fence. They must lose this war.

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