|Flooding in a Gazan urban street: Not this week,|
and not because of anyIsraeli dams
(there are none in the area) but because
of heavy rain in November 2014 and chronic
Hamas municipal malfeasance [Image Source]
This Ongoing War..
23 February '15..
The "independent" Palestinian Arab news agency Ma'an (about whom we had some comments just a few hours ago) ran this story as its main lead during the evening hours yesterday (Sunday):
Hundreds of Palestinians were evacuated from their homes Sunday morning after Israeli authorities opened a number of dams near the border, flooding the Gaza Valley in the wake of a recent severe winter storm.
Aljazeera ran with a similar report, as did Agence France Presse, the Chinese Xinhua news agency, Russia's RT and Egypt's al-Akhbar. All quoted Gaza ministries. None of them named the dams. None of them said their reporter saw anything to confirm the central claim. But all were able to report that this was malicious and intended to increase Gazan suffering.
It's not the first year we are hearing of un-named Zionist dams that are opened at precisely the same time as torrential rains wash through Gaza's under-invested, sewer-deficient communities bringing havoc in their wake. See "How Hamas used the weather to defame Israel" from last winter, as an instance.
There were also torrential rains in the area at the start of the winter, just a few weeks ago. The reliably hostile UNRWA published reports [here] about the damage along with appeals for more help, without once mentioning an Israeli hand in the disaster. That's because there was none. Of course, it might have been helpful if they had said what they know about Hamas' chronic and deliberate failure to improve infrastructure, facilities and life for the unfortunate Gazan population living under their rule. But that's not in UNRWA's charter.