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The Associated Press reports: UN official slams Israeli block of paper shipments

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The top U.N. official in the Gaza Strip has criticized Israel for blocking shipments of paper to the Palestinian territory to print textbooks for a new human rights curriculum that will be taught to children there.

Israel also has refused to allow 12 truckloads of notebooks into Gaza as well as plastic sheeting, which is turned into plastic bags to distribute food that the U.N. provides to some 900,000 people, John Ging, head of Gaza operations for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency. Ging spoke Monday in a videoconference with reporters at U.N. headquarters.

He said 60 percent of the textbooks needed in Gaza have not been printed, so children don’t have the material they need to study.


Israeli officials said they were not willing to allow raw materials designated for one purpose to be shipped into Gaza, where they could be processed for another use altogether. They prefer having items made in the West Bank and shipped into Gaza as finished products that can be more effectively inspected.

“We’re working together with the U.N., and we’ve suggested that the books and bags be made in the West Bank and shipped to Gaza,” military spokesman Peter Lerner said.

“We will not faciliate what Hamas wants to do,” Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev said. “We will not give Hamas the opportunity to steal the materials.”

The U.N. halted aid shipments last week after Hamas officials, who control Gaza, took thousands of U.N. blankets, food parcels and tons of rice and flour.

Israel is being very reasonable, and I’m amazed at how fast the UN has forgiven and forgotten what Hamas did to them last week.

And what the hell is a ‘human rights curriculum’ anyways? “Children, Israel violates all your human rights and you have an obligation of resistance!” Let’s not forget what UN teachers teach in Gaza:

In one classroom Saturday, when UNRWA schools reopened, a Palestinian teacher was filmed asking children about their trauma during the war. The unidentified teacher then told the children that Palestinians have to “wage war against them (Israelis) until they leave their land,” and asked her students, aged about 8, how they should react.

Two children in the class suggested hurling stones or rockets back at Israel. “Okay,” the teacher said, apparently summing up her class’ position. “We throw rockets at them, we throw stones at them,” she said.

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