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06:59 PM on 10/24/2012

Israel’s formula for a starvation diet



'Six and a half years go, shortly after Hamas won the Palestinian elections and took charge of Gaza, a senior Israeli official [Dov Weisglass. adviser to Ehud Olmert] described Israel’s planned response. 'The idea,' he said, 'is to put Palestinians on a diet, but not to make them die of hunger.' ... few observers treated his comment as more than hyperbole.."

"[Last week, ] after a three-year legal battle by an Israeli human rights group, Israel was forced to disclose its 'Red Lines' document. Drafted in early 2008, as the blockade was tightened..., the defence ministry paper set forth proposals on how to treat Hamas-ruled Gaza.

"Health officials provided calculations of the minimum number of calories needed by Gaza’s 1.5 million inhabitants to avoid malnutrition. Those figures were then translated into truckloads of food Israel was supposed to allow in each day."

"...While the health ministry determined that Gazans needed daily an average of 2,279 calories each to avoid malnutrition – requiring 170 trucks a day – military officials then found a host of pretexts to whittle down the trucks to [just 67.]"

"There can be no doubt that the diet devised for Gaza... was directed at every man, woman and child...."
02:19 PM on 10/25/2012
The real suffering in Gaza
04:07 PM on 10/25/2012
Wait, how come none of they people claiming Israel is the victim refute this display of fact that Gazans are in fact the victim?

I do understand why Israel feels threatened, there are many hostile countries near them, but don't take it out on the people of Gaza. They are the true victims.
06:37 PM on 10/24/2012
THose kids in the southern towns should be able to sleep knowing that the sirens will not sound in the night. By the same token, Palestinian kids should be able to sleep knowing their homes will not be invaded by the IDF, there will not be fighter planes or drones releasing bombs, that there will not be another full scale invasion and that settlers will not rough them up at any given moment without impunity. These things all happen, and there is no symmetry whatsoever. Palestinians have borne the brunt of this conflict. Ordinary Israelis and ordinary Palestinians should be able to live in peace, with justice, full human rights and the capabilities for human flourishing. Mr. Ostrovsky, like most Israelis, you have these things. Use your anger to ask your powerful government to end the occupation.
01:24 PM on 10/25/2012
Waiting for politicians to do anything is rarely the correct response. Where is the responsibility of Hamas in all of this?
02:41 AM on 10/26/2012
Hamas' responsibility is administrative--and they do a lousy job. BUt they were elected--as Likud was elected. THe infrastructure was devastated in 2008, and Israel has blockaded an entire population. THis blockade makes it easier for a group like Hamas to stay in power. Imagine if people could fish and farm--if kids could go to school and sleep without fear of attack. If Palestinian students could travel outside for higher education. If the port were open to trade--like every other port in the world. I don't think the people would keep electing Hamas.
06:33 PM on 10/24/2012
Article so one sided. Know peace no war.
The rest of the world doesn't needs to be dragged into this garbage.
01:25 PM on 10/25/2012
By that logic every country should mind its own business and there should be no humanitarian aid. I agree though that there should be a focus on peace but that will only be the result of grassroots movements.
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06:20 PM on 10/24/2012
You speak as if this were a one-sided situation. This conflict has gone on for centuries. Before there were bombs, there were stones. It is never ending. Whenever one side does something, the other one retaliates & it continues.

Numerous peace processes, accords & meetings have happened over my lifetime with nothing much to show for it. After the meetings, blame & condescension rain down from both sides. Any rules that have been agreed to are quickly broken. The cycle then repeats.

To read your article is to think that Israel has never done anything wrong & the Palestinians have never done anything right. The fact of the matter is that both sides are to blame & it seems both sides will never give in.

What’s worse is rather than address your own people; you come looking for approval outside of your country. The Middle East conflict has been going on as long as I can remember. You have no one to blame but yourselves.

If you want to solve the situation you need to work that out with the Palestinians and stop involving the rest of the world.
01:28 PM on 10/25/2012
Don't you see? This is a tug of war between east and west and this conflict is really just a playing field for the interests of those profiting from this conflict? The real solution is grassroots peace. Polticians don't solve anything, their hands are tied.
09:27 PM on 10/28/2012
Israel has peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan. Lord knows they've tried to make peace with the Palestinian Arabs.
09:47 AM on 10/29/2012
Not sure what other treaties have to do with their conflict with the Palestinians.

Even a broken clock is right twice a day.
06:19 PM on 10/24/2012
Make peace with your neighbours.
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