Isn't it odd all of the calls for humanitarian assistance in the Gaza Strip?
I mean, are we not hearing almost hourly pleas that Israel stop its "fiery", "massive", "holocaust"-like, "disproportionate" attack upon the Hamas terrorist murdering organization? They justify these calls for Israel, and Israel alone, to stop their attack in order to get food, water and flour (???) to the "starving" Gazans.
But, lest we get sucked in to far to the media's anti-Israeli bias, let us remember a few things.
Recall the 3,000 some greenhouses that Israel left behind when it vacated the Gaza Strip? Recall that Hamas and the Palestinian people there destroyed nearly every one of them. When Israel left, what did the "civilians" do in return? They rioted for months and destroyed most everything that wasn't sand or tree.
A week after they descended like locusts on the greenhouses that Jewish settlers nurtured in Gaza, looters continue to pillage what should be a prize asset for a fledgling Palestinian state. And the Palestinian Authority, which took over Gaza after the Israelis evacuated the territory, appears powerless to stop them.
When a Daily News correspondent visited abandoned Jewish settlements in Gaza, he found brazen vandals dismantling farms that once produced some of the world's finest tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers. The now-gutted greenhouses were gifts to the Palestinian people from U.S. philanthropists, who raised $14 million to buy them from departing settlers.
"All over Gush Katif the greenhouses have been damaged and a lot was stolen from them," Karim said, referring to former Jewish settlements in southwest Gaza. In Gadid, much of the expensive equipment used to tend the crops was stolen. So were the water pumps, irrigation lines and all the fuse boxes.
At the former Katif settlement, a Palestinian soldier, Pvt. Mohamed Cidawi, said looters made off with most of the metal support beams and even stole the plastic and canvas coverings that protected the vegetables from the hot sun.
In the nearby Neveh Dekalim settlement, there were no soldiers to stop 29-year-old Samir Al-Najar and his eight-man crew from demolishing a half-acre greenhouse. Al-Najar insisted the land was his family's before Israel occupied it in 1967 and that he was reclaiming it.