To the NYT: Humanitarian Aid to Gaza by Israel – Enough or not?
Sir, Re: "Humanitarian crisis revealed in Gaza" (2009/1/20).
Your editorial described starving Gazans and ridiculed the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) statement that during the Gaza Operation Israel had provided Gaza with sufficient humanitarian aid, primarily food. Who is right?
The updated official figures of food and other humanitarian aid transported into Gaza by Israel during the Gaza Operation are: 1,365 truckloads - or 33,580 tons. But, is this sufficient? Hard to say; we don't buy food by the truckloads; not even in tons.
In more practical units this is 33,580,000 kilogram food supplied for 1.4 million Gazans in 21 days. This is 24 kg for every person; or 120 kg flour, oil, milk powder and other basic food commodities for a 5-member family; 6 kg every day.
This is equivalent to roughly three times more - 18 kg ready-to-eat food daily. It doesn't sound too low for a day, does it? Of course only in case it really reaches the population and doesn't disappear on the hands of the Hamas regime - as it turned out more than once.
A clear correction on your behalf would be appropriate.
(For more on the subject see http://www.takeapen.org/ )