Gaza lacks construction material?

Or so we are told by organizations(Amnesty International, Christian Aid, the Norwegian Refugee Council, Oxfam International and Save the Children UK) who claim that Israel is not living up to Gaza promises.

Here are two excerpts from the article in JP: here from the organizations who accuse Israel of wrong doing:

“it has so far only approved 7 percent of the building plan for UNRWA’s projects in Gaza, and of that 7%, only a small fraction of the necessary construction material has been allowed to enter for projects including schools and health centers.”

Israel responds:

The simple reason for this is to prevent the trickling of material into the Gaza Strip that can be used by terrorist organizations for hostile activities or other military purposes.
Since the cabinet decision Israel has approved 64 new projects, in addition to 14 that were approved prior to June 2010 – 26 of them were approved for UNRWA. To date, 1,052 truckloads of building material have entered Gaza.

but I found this article from Haaretz to be rather intriguing and judging by the photo in this tragic story, it appears that construction material that has entered the Gaza strip has not necessarily been used to rebuild homes…

Moreover, have the above mentioned organizations not heard about the latest rocket attack in israel, where terrorists fired shells containing phosphorous over densely populated areas – or are they of the view that there is one set of humanitarian concerns for Palestinians, and none for innocent civilians who happen to be israelis?

And now, after infamous WikiLeaks (Whackyleaks?) is transpires that what Israel has claimed all along is true, that Iran and other peace loving states in the region use ambulances, Red Crescent or otherwise, to smuggle weapons into not only Lebanon, but as we have seen in other well documented revelations, into Gaza. Again, it was not exactly flowers that landed in the flower fields of the Eshkol region on November 19 this year.

And, if only for sake of decency, what would happen if the same organizations in stead of obsessing over Israel, should put even a fraction of a percent the attention, energy and zeal that is dedicated to whether or not Israel is picking her nose, or simply watching the sun set, towards other and perhaps more pressing items on the human rights front. I think the leaders of said institutions should take some time to reflect on, and preferable also internalize the message from Iranian human rights campaigners in the wake of the murder of Shahla Jahed, of blessed memory, who exhort the international community to not be distracted from its duty to intervene to save lives. Here, verbatim from Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson of Iran Human Rights:

“The world should not silently witness Shahla’s execution”. He continued: We ask all the UN, all the governments, the civil society and every single individual to do what they can do to stop this execution”. “Spread the news, write e-mails to your governments and ask them to protest against Shahla’s scheduled execution”

Or, as Mr. Amiry-Moghaddam is quoted in Dagbladet: A continuous and consistent pressure on Iranian authorities is required so that individual cases are not determined by the press coverage it gets.

Food for thought.

Prof. M. McGonagall