There have been a couple of posts stating something like the people of Gaza are starving because that’s what Hamas wants to happen - totally discounting the effect the Israeli blockade has had on the economy in Gaza ever since 1967. For those who may not know, Israel controls not only land access into Gaza but also patrols both air and sea so that nothing goes in or out without their permission. They’ve also restricted fishing, what used to be a primary food source for Gazans. Here are a couple of articles on that topic:
“In 2007, after the election of Hamas, Israel imposed a total blockade of Gaza -- no imports, no exports, no movement by land or sea, reduced electricity, fuels and drinking water. Some food aid was allowed to dribble in. Palestinians survived by pulling food through hand-dug tunnels from Egypt. The effects have been devastating.
Today, only 23 of Gaza's 3,900 industrial enterprises are operating. Gaza is forced to dump 70 million liters of raw sewage daily into the Mediterranean Sea because Gaza lacks the fuel and spare parts to operate the sewage treatment plant. Eighty percent of Gazans would starve if not fed by aid agencies. Normally the fall sardine-fishing season provides a cheap source of protein for Gazans. This year, the Israeli Defense Forces reduced Gazans' fishing area, preventing Palestinians from harvesting sardines.”
“When asked about major differences between pre- and post-1967, he elaborated, “For me, the most important to mention is the destruction or usurpation of Gaza’s natural resources and thus our self-sufficiency and ability to trade. For example, our water. The [Mediterranean] sea provided the backbone for Gaza’s economy, so Israel instituted policies that removed our ability to live off our resources, such as preventing fishing and refusing to allow Palestinians to trade or sell goods to other countries.” (Palestinian goods must pass through Israel by Israeli law, and Palestinians must accept whatever Israel decides is “fair market value.”)
In addition to limiting freedom of movement, restricting trade and destroying Gaza’s natural resources or access to them, Israel also has decimated a thriving economy over the past four decades. Prior to 1967 Gaza exported citrus, carpets, pottery, embroidery, textiles and woven fabric throughout the world. The elimination of Gaza’s industries transformed the small coastal strip from a wholly independent into a dependent society.”