Guardian fails to challenge NGO claim on ‘restrictions of medicines’ into Gaza (UPDATE)

Here’s an entry on July 8th from the Guardian’s Live Blog on the war between Israel and Hamas.


Though the blog’s editor allows the claim made by MAP (a radical NGO whose leaders misuse their reputation as medical experts to support Palestinian political goals) to go unchallenged, the suggestion that there has been any Israeli restrictions on medicine into Gaza is flatly untrue.

Despite shortages of certain medicines in the Palestinian controlled territory, the problem, per COGAT, “emanates primarily from a dysfunctional relationship between the Palestinian Ministries of Health in Gaza and Ramallah” and has nothing whatsoever to do with Israel.

We also spoke to Yigal Palmor (spokesperson for the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs) today about the shortages in Gaza, and he told us that whatever shortages they experience are due to the “mismanagement of PA health authorities” who failed to purchase or to fund the acquisition of necessary equipment or materials.  Further, Palmor stated unequivocally that “Israel has NEVER imposed restrictions on medical shipments of any kind“.  

Additionally, Arab Israeli journalist Khaled Abu Toameh addressed this very issue in a column in January.

Here are excerpts from his article:

Palestinian patients in the Gaza Strip have become the latest victims of the ongoing power struggle between the two Palestinian governments of Fatah and Hamas.

Until recently, the two governments used to blame Israel for the shortage of various types of medicine in the Gaza Strip: spokesmen for the Hamas and Fatah governments claimed that the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip was depriving the ill of many badly needed medicines.

This week, the two rival Palestinian governments held each other — not Israel — responsible for the health crisis in the Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian government in the West Bank, headed by Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, announced that Hamas had been stealing or hiding most of the medicine that was sent to the Gaza Strip. Many Palestinians are believed to have died because of the lack of drugs and medical equipment.

According to the Fayyad government, Hamas militiamen have been confiscating shipments of medical supplies donated by the international communities and later offering the medical supplies for sale.

The medical supplies are sent first to the West Bank, where the Fayyad government is responsible for distributing them to Palestinians, including those living in the Gaza Strip.

Some Palestinians residents of the Gaza Strip and Western aid workers have confirmed the Fayyad government’s allegations, saying that Hamas has indeed been confiscating most of the medical supplies that are sent from the West Bank – putting the lives of many patients at risk.

Hamas, for its part, has retorted by leveling similar charges against the Fayyad government. According to Hamas spokesmen, if anyone is to blame for the severe crisis in the Gaza Strip’s hospitals and clinics it is the Fayyad government.

Hamas claims that the Fayyad government has been using the medicine to “blackmail” Palestinians in the Gaza Strip in a bid to undermine the Islamic movement’s regime.

So, to recap:

There are NO Israeli restrictions on medical supplies into Gaza, and there have evidently never been such restrictions.

Whatever shortages do exist are caused primarily by political infighting between Hamas and Fatah.

The Guardian continues to edit reports to impute guilt to Israel, and hold Palestinians blameless, regardless of the evidence.  

UPDATE: We recently received the following statement from a Defense Ministry spokesman:

Border crossings into Gaza are open but for limited use.  Kerem Shalom and Erez crossings are open for emergency medical assistance and the transfer of humanitarian aid  (i.e. televisions, appliances etc. are not being let in, but food, medicine etc. is).  Yesterday alone more than 180 trucks crossed into the Gaza Strip via the border crossings

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  1. Hamas should have thought about it before they started firing rockets at Israel. i sugest they ask Egypt for help.

    • To recap: there are shortages of drugs in Gaza and restrictions, something which CIF Watch could have easily checked with the World Health Organization, rather than with an Israeli spokesperson only. This is the difference between genuine journalists and bloggers – the former cross-check information. Not something people on CIF Watch would do, it seems.

      • “This is the difference between genuine journalists and bloggers – the former cross-check information”

        How very true.
        Such a pity that “The Guardian” does not employ genuine journalists anymore.

      • To recap, Hamas likes to use civilians as human shields.

        I just had dinner with a friend. He was all mad about Israel, and not like I am. He was going ga-ga over how Netanyahu blamed Hamas without any evidence for the kidnapping of 3 kids “about a week ago.” I told him they were missing for 3 weeks and were found dead only last week. I also told him about Hamas’ calls for more kidnappings, and how Fatah ran a diagram of 3 rats in a trap. He’s a sweet, loving man and he had no idea any of this was happening.

        Maybe if news organizations would carry all the information, there wouldn’t be a need for blogs.

        • NATAL has done it again: exposing this site and it’s bloggers for the liars and peddlers of disinformation that they are.

          The WHO clearly states the situation on the ground, but they use an Isreali spokesperson!?

          Shoddy. Proper shoddy. No wonder this author doesn’t write for a proper publication.

  2. I recall that the pro-Hamas foreign ‘peace activist’ flotillas that were attempting to break through the (legal) naval blockade of Gaza were, among other things, carrying medicines and medical items and the boat Lauren Booth was on on one such trip was carrying a few hearing aids.
    It subsequently turned out that the medicines were well over the use-by dates so were just a prop for these cynical publicity stunts. I don’t know if the hearing aids were usable, I genuinely hope they benefitted some people who needed them.
    In another article on CiFwatch I see George Galloway is featured and rightly criticsed for presenting an old photograph of a wounded child as if it is new. Galloway also claimed after the Haiti devastation that Israel harvests body parts — although he claimed that he didn’t believe it ‘at first’ — which actually strengthend the sound of his story.
    The sick and disabled and anyone needing medical help are clearly very useful props for the enemies of Israel.

  3. Of course the bombing of Gaza, hitting vehicles that move demolishing buildings has no impact on the movement of supplies and oh yes Israel is allowing a free movement of supplies to Gaza. Pigs are flying today – you racist prick.


      The only way out, Jane, is to be put out of your misery.

      You racist cross-dressing bigot asshole.

    • Jane is afraid of the impact on the mobility of rocket launchers and jihadists to fire them at Jewish children whom they must slaughter to please Allah, because, you know, they’re the sons of apes and pigs. These are Jane’s anti-racist credentials.

  4. It was legal to be racist under the 3rd Reich Laws.does not make the Nazi racist laws legal except of course within the racist regime like Israel where it is the race of the person determines which law applies. Do they get killed with impuunity or their house gets demolished or they get beaten up by the security services even if they are children.

    • “Do they get killed with impuunity(sic)..”
      So tell me Tehran Jane what is ‘impuunity’?
      Is it some kind of Zionist secret weapon?

      Are you illiterate in more than one language, or is it only English that you have a problem with?

    • Jane,
      It’s legal to be racist under Hamas and the PLO. They’ve been at it for years. Maybe time for you to catch up.

  5. HAMAS can now attack from one end of Israel to another. Also, they can now send their troops into Israel. So get used to living in your bunkers. Life is not being on the beach anymore for the racists

    • Jane pay now attention to the words of your boss who sends the civilians of Gaza to die for his (and your) bloodthirsty dreams:

      Also, they can now send their troops into Israel.
      They are not exactly on the job Jane.

      Apart from hiding behind civilians their performance is somehow very poor. But no worries Jane: The 5×72 virgins are on their place and waiting for them…

    • Jane this is for you too: About four hours ago your Fuehrer Meshal gave a very brave and fierce speech on Al-Jazeera sending his troops to fight. The only small problem is that he’s in Doha at the moment…

    • Not really they didnl;t get all the way to Akko or Metula which is really the other end of Israel. Eilat is the other end by the way. People of the south have been living like this for the past 9 years. Quiet pathetic and childish really but that is arab for you allways threatening you with nothign to back it up. I remember it back in 1967 before the 6 days war they promised us that they will kill all of us and push us to the sea bla bla they even said at the begining of the war that their soldiers are close to Tel Aviv but we know what the truth was, So your attempts to frighten us are a waste of time. But if it makes you feel better go for it. LOL

  6. Hungarian whatever – your friiends are child killers and abusers. So, by your estimates how many children did you and your firneds kill today. and please this this is not about any libel – this is about real children dying because the fascist regime in Israel thinks it is above international law. And please no excuse about rockets –


    • “alexa rethink your colonial project and piss off”
      Rethink yours. Oh, sorry, I forgot, you haven’t got a brain. Only straw. Oh, you’re a failure because you haven’t got a brain. Tell us, Jane, what would you do with a brain, if had had one?
      She would while away the hours
      conferring with the flowers…

      No brains, no heart, no courage. Jane could do all three parts. Four, if you count the wicked witch.

      • Wait a minute. Are you saying the Wizard of Oz could be seen as a Zombie Apocalypse? It can only happen while simultaneously playing The Dark Side of the Moon.

        Dude. I’ve a got a Volcano and a DVD player, so I’m ready to give this a whirl.

    • Oh dear me Tehran Jane.
      “alexa rethink your colonial project and piss off”
      That is abusive!

      What is wrong?
      Is sitting in a pool of your own excrement causing you psychological damage or is your natural abusive personality surfacing?