One short and concise article in Arutz Sheva (h/t Mum) about Israel’s Electric Company (IEC) fixing some downed lines in Gaza summarizes all that is madly surreal with regards to Israel’s much-maligned and barely existent”blockade”. (Emphases are mine):
The photographs below were taken by an anonymous Arutz Sheva reader who witnessed a strange scene on the Gaza perimeter recently. They show an Israel Electric Company (IEC) employee hoisted on a crane in order to fix a malfunction that denied electricity to Gaza City.
The operation, which of course is carried out by Israel for the benefit of Gazans, has to be carried out with military protection, because Gaza terrorists regularly target Israelis on the perimeter fence, including those they know are trying to assist them by fixing infrastructure or letting in goods. Numerous Israelis have been killed and wounded in precisely this way since 2000.
Soldiers therefore fan out around the electrical pole where the fixing needs to be carried out. The IEC workers are briefed and they put on helmets and flak jackets. To top it all off, a large metal wall is hoisted into the air by a crane in order to protect the IEC worker as he supplies power to Gazans, including the very people who will shoot him dead if they get a clean shot.
The question that arises immediately is “Are we insane?”. Especially as Israel is constantly, persistently and perniciously accused of blockading Gaza, denying Gazans vitally necessary goods and services like electricity and water – all of which accusations are demonstrably false.
And do we ever hear condemnation from anyone anywhere outside Israel of those “poor innocent Gazans” who attack the very people who come to their aid? Imagine the outrage if the IEC refused to fix any more electrical faults because of the very real danger to their workmen? To be honest I am staggered that any IEC workers agree to work in Gaza in the first place. Their life-insurance must be astronomical.
It’s not only IEC workers of course who are targeted by those “poor innocent Gazans”. They regularly attack the border crossings where hundreds of trucks laden with thousands of tons of goods cross daily into Gaza. Why would anyone think the IEC would be exempt?
World outrage to start in 3…2…1…. crickets.