"Collective punishment"? All humanitarian aid can be brought into Gaza via Ashdod after inspection for weapons -- such as the shore-to-ship missiles being smuggled to Gaza on the Victoria in March or the advanced anti-tank missile fired from Gaza at a yellow Israeli school bus in May, which killed one boy. It is also worth noting how Rose doesn't trouble herself to mention: • the two luxury hotels opening in Gaza this month; • the gourmet restaurants (e.g., Roots, Carino's) found in Gaza; • the three-story, $2 million wedding hall under construction in Gaza; • the Mercedes and hot tubs that passed into Gaza last week via Israel; • the hundreds of BMWs and pickup trucks that have been imported into Gaza in recent months; • the opening of a second new shopping mall with escalators from Israel next month; • the abundance and widespread use of cell phones and personal computers throughout Gaza; • that all 130 engineering firms in Gaza are busy with work; • that hundreds of new homes are being built; • that two dozen new schools are about to go up; • that unemployment has fallen dramatically to 25% according to Hamas's economic minister, Ala al-Rafati (compare with over 21% in Spain); • that statistics for literacy, live births and longevity are better in Gaza than in Turkey or in most of the surrounding Arab countries; • that health conditions are far superior to most of the developing world. Six thousand tons of goods are trucked into Gaza from Israel every day, and as acknowledged by Robert Serry of the UN, there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza. The goods which the flotilla says it is bringing comprise only a third of the goods brought from Israel into Gaza each day. Rose also decided not to mention that the inhabitants voted Hamas into power in 2006, knowing full well that their charter calls for the elimination of Israel by Jihad and the murder of all Jews (not just Israelis). When Hamas seeks to realize these aims by targeting Israeli civilians with more than 10,000 mortar shells, rockets and missiles, those who brought this terror organization to power are in no way accountable?
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