Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Lost for Words

"Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has urged the international community to intervene over power cuts in Gaza blamed on an Israeli blockade. Gaza City was plunged into darkness on Sunday after managers shut down the Hamas-run Gaza Strip's only power plant, saying they had no fuel left.

But Israel, which is continuing to provide 60% of Gaza's power, says the Strip still has sufficient fuel stocks. It accused Hamas of closing the plant as a "ploy" to attract sympathy."
"At least 800,000 people are now in darkness. The catastrophe will affect hospitals, medical clinics, water wells, houses, factories, all aspects of life," said senior official Derar Abu Sissi as he shut down the Gaza plant on Sunday night." As published in the BBC site today

I have no comment except that every time I think of the plight of the Palestinian people especially the women, children, elderly, and the sick, I feel a lump in my throat and a heavy heart (empathy? guilt? not sure). This blog is a meager attempt to express my support & a way to say:"You are not alone." As for the PA or Hamas, I don't really care for either of them.

Now back to the article. It mentions that:
  • Gaza uses 200 megawatts of electricity
  • Israel supplies 60% of this, and Egypt 8%
  • The remaining 32% is produced by Gaza's power station
  • Israel supplies the fuel oil for the Gaza power station
Doesn't that mean that:
  • Israel is actually controlling 92% of Gaza's power supply
  • Egypt supplies Israel, but not the Palestinians with Oil & Gas
  • Oil-rich gulf countries don't supply Gaza with any Oil or Gas
Did I get that right??????
Again, the only thing I can say, without getting into too much trouble, is: "No comment."


david santos said...

Hi Nahoul
A beautiful place here!
Excellent post! You are Master.
Thank you.
have a good day

nahoul said...

Thank you David for your kind words.