Save Gaza from Greenblatt

Mar 14,2018 – JORDAN TIMES –

It was dubbed as a meeting to save Gaza. The meeting summoned by the US peace envoy Jason Greenblatt was called a humanitarian mission and the American convener asked everyone to park their politics outside.

The problem is that the Gaza Strip does not have a humanitarian problem. No earthquake has hit the strip and the World Health Organisation has not declared the breakout of an epidemic affecting Gaza’s nearly two million people.

Gaza’s problem is totally political and the main source of the humanitarian crisis is the illegally imposed Israeli siege on it. Yet, in the 1,500-word opening statement proudly reprinted on the US State Department’s website, the term “siege” is not even once stated. In fact, throughout that opening statement that excluded the key party, the Palestinians, not a single word, statement or hint was given to Israel’s responsibility.

Naturally, as far as Greenblatt is concerned, there was a lot of blame to be placed on the doorstep of the Islamic Hamas movement which, according to the American official, bears total responsibility for the huge humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

Greenblatt, whose tweets are full of words of sympathy for every killed or injured Israeli settler, has finally found the time to “balance” his posts by expressing sympathy for Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, who has escaped injury in a Gaza bombing by unknown assailants on Tuesday.

Greenblatt wants representatives of neighbouring countries to feel with the Gazans by visiting Israeli towns bordering the strip and reviewing the tunnels that Hamas has built. He also wants Hamas to return bodies of Israeli soldiers without mentioning the fact that Israel is also holding bodies of Palestinian fighters as well as Palestinian prisoners without trials or charges for months and years. No comment on administrative detentions will ever come out of Mr. Greenblatt’s mouth of course.

Yes, Gaza is going through a humanitarian problem that is the result, first and foremost, of the Israeli siege and the pressure by Israel on Egypt not to allow free access on their side.

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