Israel floods Gaza

Will the wanton cruelty never end?

 

The Gaza Valley (Wadi Ghaza) used to host a river with lush banks from Hebron to the Mediterranean. For the past many years it has been transferred into a trickle of sewage after Israeli authorities built a dam and cut the water flow.
Yesterday, the Israelis decided to open the dam, causing the banks of the trickling river to flood the homes of Gaza residents.
The BBC, silencing the perpetrator, turned the incident into an act of nature.
"On Monday seven people were killed in the region when heavy rains caused the worst flash floods seen in a decade."
Human Rights Group Al-Mezan described it differently, "For the second time in less than ten years the Israeli occupation forces have flooded Palestinian homes, fields and possessions of tens of families in the Gaza Strip."
No deaths means the English-speaking media is uninterested.

 

 

 

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Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.