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Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Blame anyone except Hamas. UNRWA Gaza head Robert Turner & the bigotry of NO expectations
11 September '12..
Robert Turner, Director of Operations in Gaza for UNRWA, in his ‘Comment is Free’ post (“Gaza: an early warning of disaster”, 9 September 2012), expended approximately 650 words describing in great depth the many alleged socio-economic trends that, he claims, will turn the Gaza Strip into the world’s next Darfur.
Citing the “findings” of the just published “Gaza in 2020: a liveable place? “report – which Hadar Sela fisked recently – Turner pulls at his readers’ heart strings with a vivid portrayal of a Gaza on the brink of humanitarian disaster.
In the name of all that’s good and right, shouldn’t the international community come together in an effort to prevent this looming crisis?
Well, first, Mr. Turner tips his hand by referring to Gaza as “occupied Palestinian territory”. And in the final paragraph of his piece, Mr. Turner conflates the “avoidable” disaster in Gaza with the Israeli blockade of the Strip, demanding a “… a lifting of the blockade, which is costing the international community hundreds of millions of dollars each year.”
Blame the blockade.
Mr. Turner’s “prescription” for saving Gaza’s Palestinians is based on a severe case of historical myopia. For it’s the one word that Mr. Turner neglected to use in his anti-Israel screed that is in fact behind Gaza’s rapidly devolving state: Hamas.
I visited Hevron in November 2000 after the outbreak of the Rosh Hashanah War to see what could be done to assist in the face of the growing daily attacks on the community. After returning to work for the community in the summer of 2001, a bond and a love was forged that grows to this day. My wife Melody and I merited to be married at Ma'arat HaMachpela and now host visitors from throughout the world every Shabbat as well as during the week. Our goal, "Time to come Home!"