Food, Water Running out For Gaza's Children
The humanitarian crisis in a civilian Gaza under attack from Israel is worsening, according to United Nations agencies. They had already warned over the weekend that given that half of Gazans are children, that the adult unemployment rate is 40 percent, and that malnutrition had already been widespread, the further degradation of electricity, water and food delivery systems by Ehud Olmert threatened a humanitarian catastrophe.
Even the Jerusalem Post is reporting Tuesday morning:
' International aid organizations reported on Tuesday morning that basic foodstuffs, including flour, sugar and oil, will run out within a few days. The aid organizations submitted reports on the issue to the UN headquarters in New York. In addition, the organizations will report that water supplies are scarce due to the lack of electricity and that the sewage system was no[t] functional.
Palestinian 4-year-olds have not committed any crimes, to be deprived of food, water and medical care.
Dr. Mona El-Farra explains how bad the situation is.
See Sandy Tolan and Tom Englehardt on "Deja Vu in Gaza.".
These photos give a sense of the impact of conflicts like the current one on Gaza's children.
Rabbi Michael Lerner writes poignantly of his recognition that Israel has crossed a moral boundary in its latest collective-punishment policies toward ordinary Palestinians.
Black humor alert.
The Israeli military still hasn't stopped the Qassam rockets or found its kidnapped soldier, but it has located some Palestinian farms and orchards with dastardly anti-Israel olive trees and other crops that have now been destroyed before they can strike again.
I continue to challenge progressive bloggers to link and speak out on the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, which is man-made and entirely avoidable. It is being deliberately created by Ehud Olmert.
There is a link on the right for writing your congressional representatives. Use it.