Kourosh Ziabari - The veteran anti-Zionist journalist and peace activist Uri Avnery believes that Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu is lying when he says that the Gaza siege exists in order to prevent the entry of illegal weaponry into the strip.
As a matter of fact, the anguishing blockade of 1.5 million people living in the enclave is exercised in order to lay on the line the political power of the democratically-elected government of Hamas and decrease its popularity in the eyes of the people of Gaza who have so far supported their beloved government unconditionally, even in the most excruciating situations of poverty, unemployment and homelessness.
The inhumane and merciless blockade of Gaza which was set in motion with the complicity of the government of Egypt in 2007 has caused a tragic humanitarian crisis in the region and provoked international protests, even in the United States and other Western countries whose governments have blindly submitted themselves to the atrocious statesmen of Israel.
Since the beginning of the imposition of siege on Gaza which is about to enter its fourth year next month, the Zionist regime has even prevented the entry of construction materials, automobiles, foodstuffs, medicine and other basic humanitarian needs into the strip. This siege seems so bizarre and nonsensical that has even irritated the American politicians. "When have lentil bombs been going off lately? Is someone going to kill you with a piece of macaroni?" asked US Republican Congressman Brian Laird in a March 2009 visit to the Gaza Strip upon finding that pasta, macaroni and lentil seeds are in Israel's list of forbidden commodities which should not be allowed entry to Gaza.