I was interested to see what sort of things Israel prohibits from entering Gaza.
Sage, cardamom, cumin, coriander, ginger and nutmeg are forbidden, as is fresh meat, although za’atar spice, black pepper and sesame are permitted. Frozen meat is also allowed, along with flour, sugar, rice, pasta and kidney beans.
This security measure, presumably, is designed to prevent the pesky Palestinians from rustling up this tasty meal. I didn’t realise how much of a threat curry recipes posed to the Israeli authorities.
If you live in Gaza, not only are you prevented from enjoying a terrorist beef curry, but after your permitted dinner of frozen meat, pasta, rice, semolina and lentils you can’t have biscuits, sweets or chocolate, for these too are forbidden.
Why? I suppose it’s because chocolate, sweets, biscuits and crisps are highly explosive and can be mixed together to make rocket propellant. For many years, NASA has used chocolate and biscuits to power the space shuttle, and Hamas know this perfectly well.
The also know how to make a fruit-preserve bomb, using seeds, nuts, dried fruit and jam. When combined with flavour- and smell-enhancers, this is a deadly explosive mixture, known to terrorists everywhere, which is why Israel has banned these foods from Gaza. The deadly chemical, vinegar, is used as a detonator.
Of course, terrorists can’t build rockets and bombs without houses, and this is why Israel has wisely pursued a two-pronged approach, flattening Gaza in Operation Cast Lead, and preventing the import of plaster, tar, timber, cement, iron and tarpaulin sheets for huts. You can’t have a million potential terrorists putting roofs over their heads.
Who knows what sort of jam rockets they might build out of sight of the satellites?
Apart from that, there a a few other well-known terrorist things that Israel has banned from Gaza.
Things like fabric for clothing, fishing rods, fishing nets, tractor parts and irrigation systems. Things like razors, sewing machines, horses, donkeys, goats and cattle. Things like paper writing, newspapers, pens and pencils, notebooks and toys.
And musical instruments. You never know what those Palestinians might do if they got their hands on a guitar. Can’t be too careful when dealing with terrorists, but of course, the real worry is that they might somehow manage to acquire Soviet-built attack accordions.
Imagine what would happen if all these items were allowed into Gaza. It’s perfectly possible that Palestinian terrorists would form a cavalry regiment and charge the Israeli forces on their horses, donkeys, goats and cattle with razors and pencils tied to the end of their fishing rods while playing banjos and firing chocolate-powered biscuit-bombs.
When you look at it this way, you can see the logic of the prohibitions. Can’t you?
frozen meat, fish, and vegetables
vitamins and oil for animal feed
empty bags for flour
medicine and medical equipment
feminine hygiene products
shampoo & conditioner
floor cleaning fluid
cleaning liquid for bathroom
insecticide for household use
sponges for cleaning dishes
toys for washing
canned food except canned fruit
powdered chicken stock
wastewater purification powder
glass – 200 trucks
water coolers + heaters
Tahini (sesame paste)
wood (for doors and window frames)
soft plastic bags
pesticides for agriculture
soil for agriculture
particles for soil dilution
plastic crates for fruits and vegetables
plastic chicken cages
cartons for transporting chicks
fiberglass and plastic trays for planting
various kinds of agricultural seeds
eggs (for eating)
various kinds of veterinary medications and products
seeds and nuts
biscuits and sweets
gas for soft drinks
wood for construction
tarpaulin sheets for huts
fabric (for clothing)
flavor and smell enhancers
various fishing nets
ropes for fishing
nylon nets for greenhouses
hatcheries and spare parts for hatcheries
spare parts for tractors
dairies for cowsheds
irrigation pipe systems
ropes to tie greenhouses
planters for saplings
heaters for chicken farms
size A4 paper
sewing machines and spare parts