Red Cross says no humanitarian crisis in Gaza

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GAZA (BNO NEWS) — The Red Cross in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday said that there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza despite problems such as daily rocket fire and the blockade in the region.

“There is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza,” said Mathilde Redmatn, deputy director of the Red Cross in Gaza. “If you go to the supermarket, there are products. There are restaurants and a nice beach. The problem is mainly in maintenance of infrastructure and in access to goods.”


Redmatn added that despite the problems the city endures a “surprising normalcy” but remarked that the rocket attacks from both sides of the Gaza Strip are a violation of international law.

“Rocket fire from the Gaza Strip is against international law because it is directed at civilians,” The Red Cross deputy director said. “We conduct dialogue with Hamas on the matter.”

The Red Cross official also said that blockade on Gaza Strip severely affects the proper delivery of all the needed humanitarian assistance in the region. Most of the infrastructures cannot be improved due to the closure.

“We are mainly engaged in the areas of water and sanitation. We are talking about a highly dense population. Most of the infrastructure cannot be improved due to the closure so we try to improve the situation with existing tools,” the director said.

The Red Cross in the Gaza Strip began operations in 1967. The organization works on an ongoing basis with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) as the situation in the region requires it.

“We are documenting human rights violations according to international law and we speak with relevant parties on how to take care of the issue,” Redmatn added. “We are talking about captives, soldiers, wounded people, and in fact anyone defined by the Geneva Convention.”

The Red Cross played a role in the Gaza flotilla incident in May 2010. The deadly raid resulted in the death of nine Turkish activists, causing global outrage for what some said was unnecessary violence. A United Nations Human Rights Council mission ruled in September that Israel used “totally unnecessary violence” and an “unacceptable level of brutality.

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  • joel

    Red Cross has never heard of a “Mathilde Redmatn”. There is no Red Cross “deputy director” in Gaza. More specific: the Red Cross doesn’t operate in Gaza at all. This is done by the Red Crescent Society. And a Red Cross employee would NEVER give an exclusive ‘interview’ for the IDF (website), or any other occupying army.

    Don’t degrade yourself with spreading this malicious propaganda.

  • Sarah

    Joel,

    You cannot simply deny something you don’t agree with, in this case the living conditions of Gaza. An aid worker reports no humanitarian crisis, so you deny her existance. Redmatn is actually one of a handfull of aid workers who, on seeing Gaza with their own eyes, realize that it is not nearly as impoverished as many believe.

    The report is very true, by the way. Gaza has the eighth highest obesity rate in the world and an average lifespan of seventy-three years. Unfortunately, the media often focuses only on the refugee camps in attempt to make it seem universally destitute. It is paramount to if someone took pictures of the homeless population of the United States and then presented them to the rest of the world as the the way all Americans lived.

  • Mountainbirds

    .http://mondoweiss.net/2011/04/mathilde-redmatn-and-the-humanitarian-crisis-in-gaza.html#more-41746

    Findings are this story is false “there is no one bearing the name “Mathilde Redmatn” in the employ of the ICRC.”

    Mathilde Redmatn’ and the humanitarian crisis in Gaza
    by Tim Haughton on April 26, 2011

    “As one might expect, this “bombshell” was quickly scooped up by the corporate press, and covered (sometimes with extra spin) by CNN, Haaretz, JPost and so on. Now, I’m naturally skeptical of anything that appears in the corporate press or in a government press releases, and this was no exception, although I do have respect for the ICRC.

    The story was going to be important in terms of the War of Narratives, so I thought it prudent to check it since it didn’t come in the form of an official ICRC publication. What became immediately apparent is that seemingly no one within the corporate media had bothered to check the veracity of the story. Had they done so, they would have found that there is no one bearing the name “Mathilde Redmatn” in the employ of the ICRC. There is someone called “Mathilde De Riedmatten”, a trivial fact that I was able to glean from speaking with the ICRC in Jerusalem, a fact that not one journalist seemed to care about enough to check.

    This is a perfect example of what Herman and Chomsky described as the corporate media’s “symbiotic relationship with powerful sources of information” – the simple, reciprocal understanding that if you provide the information, I’ll print it, without question.”

    The gloating of the Israeli right surrounding this story is an indication of just how far their moral compass is out of alignment. That one person at a respected human rights organisation, in an unofficial document stating that “there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza,” can be a source of unbridled joy is certainly perplexing. We already knew from the Palestine Papers that:

    “As part of their overall embargo plan against Gaza, Israeli officials have confirmed to (U.S. embassy economic officers) on multiple occasions that they intend to keep the Gazan economy on the brink of collapse without quite pushing it over the edge,” whilst keeping the Gazan economy “functioning at the lowest level possible consistent with avoiding a humanitarian crisis”.

    A noble strategy indeed.

    The entire article can be read here.

    http://mondoweiss.net/2011/04/mathilde-redmatn-and-the-humanitarian-crisis-in-gaza.html#more-41746

  • Mountainbirds

    Findings are this story is false “there is no one bearing the name “Mathilde Redmatn” in the employ of the ICRC.”

    Mathilde Redmatn’ and the humanitarian crisis in Gaza
    by Tim Haughton on April 26, 2011

    The entire article can be read here.

    http://mondoweiss.net/2011/04/mathilde-redmatn-and-the-humanitarian-crisis-in-gaza.html#more-41746

  • Monkey of Japan

    For the REAL position of ICRC and its staff on the situation in Gaza, please read the following article:

    http://www.icrc.org/eng/resources/documents/interview/2011/palestine-israel-interview-2011-05-19.htm

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J5DX5EZIP4YBJ4XVSZEQI4E3DM Chaya

    There is no reason for this flotilla except as a provocation against Israel.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J5DX5EZIP4YBJ4XVSZEQI4E3DM Chaya

    Yes, there is hardship for the people of Gaza; but that isn’t Israel’s fault.  It is the fault of Hamas who – since taking over Gaza – continues shooting rockets at Israel.  Hamas steals food supplies intended for the people and then sells it back to them at inflated prices.  Only about a quarter of the population would vote them in again. They are making the lives of the people there miserable. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J5DX5EZIP4YBJ4XVSZEQI4E3DM Chaya

    Not only is there a Red Cross office but it was attacked by some Hamas people because the Red Cross is telling them to allow visits by them to Gilad Shalit!

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