This would be funny if it wasn’t so tragic:
The United States is protesting to Israel over seemingly random restrictions on deliveries to the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip of harmless goods such as soap and toilet paper, diplomats said Wednesday…
In one case, Israel blocked for weeks a World Food Program (WFP) shipment of chickpeas, used to make the Palestinian food staple hummus, the U.N. food agency said…
“It is totally surreal,” one European diplomat said of Israeli decision-making. “One day we had 600 kg of pasta at the Kerem Shalom crossing but they said, ‘Today, pasta can’t go in’.”
Another Western diplomat said: “It’s ever-changing. One week jam is okay and the next week it’s not.”
In addition to soap and toilet paper, the officials cited restrictions that come and go on imports of certain types of cheeses, toothbrushes and toothpaste.
Hummus as a weapon of war. It would take an Israeli bureaucrat to devise rules this arcane. The next time anyone tells you the Occupation doesn’t corrupt thought and reason absolutely, remind them of this.