Some Gaza Victim Swept UNder the
Rug, UN Date Bars Not in Data Base
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
NATIONS, January 30 -- The
range of responses to the Gaza crisis from different UN agencies, even
particular agencies, shows a wavering relationship with truth and
In the face of reports
of a particular Palestinian teenage girl, needing an
operation in France but denied the right to exit the Gaza Strip at
crossing to Egypt, apparently upon the orders of Fatah's Palestinian
health ministry in Ramallah, UN humanitarian spokesman Chris Gunness
"I do not have any information on this case. I suggest [Inner City
contact [its] stringer in Gaza or approach the Ministry of Health."
But shouldn't the UN be concerned by the report? The
story had already
been in the Emirati
press, and on Arabic satellite TV. It seems unlikely the UN
wouldn't know of it. And even if Inner City Press' written query was
they heard of it, shouldn't one expect the UN to look into such
it seems, is that the UN like the EU want only to deal
with Fatah's Palestinian Authority, and not Hamas. Therefore anything
done by the PA is swept UNder the rug.
The victim, in Gaza's Shifa hospital, (c) The
National, UNRWA spokesman not shown
On the controversy of the BBC refusing to carry a
Gaza appeal, Inner
City Press on January 29 asked UNRWA's Karen AbuZayd what she thought
"It's up to the BBC," she said and walked away. Meanwhile her
putative deputy, John Ging, on January 30 began by saying he didn't
tell the BBC what to do, but went on to say, we need aid here. The
was, the appeal should have been run.
On January 29, the World
Food Program's chief for the Middle East
bragged about the date bars WFP delivers to the Gaza Strip. Inner City
asked him if the date bars are donated by Egypt's government, or
buys them. Video here.
He referred in his answer to
the private sector, which means that they are bought. But date bars do
appear in the recent months on the WFP's procurement data base. WFP
World Bank, it emerges, made loans to Egypt to build up a date bar
We'll have more on this.
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