Globe And Mail Commentator Accuses Israel Of Implementing “Near-Total Aid Blockade On Gaza,” Ignoring 15,000+ Aid Trucks Delivered

March 7, 2024

A common technique among many anti-Israel activists, when accusing Israel of a crime or misdeed, is simply to ignore inconvenient information, rather than meaningfully addressing it.

In his March 5 opinion column in The Globe and Mail entitled: “Dropping food from the sky might deliver more harm than help,” Chris Houston, the president of the Canadian Peace Museum and former head of logistics for the World Health Organization in Yemen, fell into this trap.

Houston criticized recent steps by the United States to airdrop humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip, labeling it “a last resort” and saying that “what Gazans need is hundreds of tons of food aid delivered daily.”

Readers of Houston’s commentary would be left with the impression that, since the Hamas-launched war five months ago, no aid has been sent into Gaza.

In fact, tens of thousands of trucks filled with humanitarian aid, including food and medicine, have been delivered into the territory, and in recent days, a new record was set when nearly 300 trucks entered in a single day.

Even those figures can increase, as Israel’s government has repeatedly and explicitly stated, “there is no limit” to the amount of humanitarian aid that can enter the strip.

Once inside Gaza, that does not necessarily mean that all the aid reaches those it is intended for; Hamas fighters have stolen aid and used it for themselves, an open secret within Gaza, but a fact which Houston simply ignored altogether.

Houston also addressed UNRWA, the disgraced United Nations (UN) agency with extensive ties to Hamas terrorism, referring to the organization as “Gaza’s most important aid agency,” and saying that Canada should resume funding to the organization.

While Houston does acknowledge that the funding “pause was a response to Israeli allegations that UNRWA staff participated in the horrendous events of Oct. 7,” he failed to tell readers that the actions of UNRWA staff in Hamas’ October massacre are just the tip of the iceberg.

UNRWA is ideologically committed to Israel’s destruction and spreads hateful incitement in its “educational” resources for Palestinian schoolchildren. Israel says more than one-tenth of its Gaza staff have ties to Palestinian terrorist groups, and in early February, Israel shared video footage showing an extensive Hamas data centre tunnel underneath UNRWA’s headquarters in Gaza, which the agency then implausibly claimed to have no knowledge of, a claim that beggars belief.

The litany of problems with UNRWA are more than just isolated issues; together they represent a fatal flaw that means UNRWA is not only decidedly not a positive player in helping to deliver aid to the people of Gaza; it is an obstacle standing in the way of peace.

Notwithstanding widespread stories alleging that famine is imminent in Gaza (which have been claimed for five months straight), first-hand images from the enclave show a very different picture, where markets are bustling and food is available.

In sharp contrast to Houston’s hyperbolic accusation that Israel has implemented a “near-total aid blockade,” deliveries continue to enter Gaza, and more will continue to arrive.

The biggest threat to the safety and security of Gazans is not Israel, but Hamas, the genocidal terrorist group which has kept the territory under a permanent state of poverty for ideological reasons, because it has prioritized funding war against Israel over the betterment of life for Gaza’s people.

Chris Houston’s opinion column in The Globe and Mail, by accusing Israel of preventing aid from entering Gaza, and ignoring the huge amounts of aid which have been delivered, presented a dramatically false picture which bears little resemblance to reality.

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