Under fire from Hamas Israel sends humanitarian aid & basic goods to Gaza

The NGO, ‘Legal Forum for the Land of Israel’ calls for closing the Kerem Shalom crossing during the conflict: “It is obvious to everyone that food and medical supplies won’t be used just for the civilian population in Gaza because, first and foremost, it will go to the heads of Hamas.”

By Edna Adato & Lilach Shoval

 

 

Israel allowed the resumption of humanitarian aid and basic goods transfer to the Gaza Strip on Sunday, through the sole cargo terminal at the Kerem Shalom crossing on the Israel-Gaza border.

A Palestinian girl stands next to humanitarian supplies in a refugee camp in Gaza. – Photo: AP

In response to the move, the Legal Forum for the Land of Israel, a right-wing advocacy group, submitted an emergency claim to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Maj. Gen. Eitan Dangot to immediately halt the flow of supplies to the Gaza Strip.

The forum’s attorney, Avi Har Zahav, wrote in the claim that “the security of Israeli citizens is more important than any humanitarian consideration. It is obvious to everyone that food and medical supplies won’t be used just for the civilian population in Gaza because, first and foremost, it will go to the heads of Hamas.”

The border crossing was opened on Sunday based on Israeli efforts to ensure the entry of essential goods and equipment to Gaza residents. Eighty trucks with medical supplies, food, household gas and basic necessities passed through the crossing, according to army officials.

In addition, 35 diplomatic representatives and international aid workers crossed the border. Twenty-six patients and their escorts also entered Israel from Gaza for medical treatment.

View original Israel Hayom publication at: http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=6455

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