Friday, May 27, 2011

Follow The Yellow Brick Road

Elton John's Yellow Brick Road goes, in part:

You know you can't hold me forever,
I didn't sign up with you
I'm not a present for your friends to open

...So goodbye yellow brick road
Where the dogs of society howl

That came to mind when I was referred to a BBC report, which included a reference to Gisha:

Egypt will permanently open its Rafah border crossing into Gaza beginning Saturday, an Egyptian official reported Wednesday...All the country's security apparatus will be involved in the security of the border, he said.

Rafah Crossing has been a portal to the rest of the world for Gaza's 1.5 million Palestinian residents since Israel "...all but closed Erez Crossing to Palestinians" four years ago, said the Israeli non-governmental organization Gisha, which advocates on the issue of Palestinian freedom of movement.

Erez Crossing is on the border between Gaza and Israel. Passage through it has been limited to "extraordinary humanitarian cases, especially urgent medical cases," which has prevented Palestinians from traveling between Gaza and the West Bank, the group says.

Rafah was closed after the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was captured in June 2006; it stayed largely closed until last June, when Egypt opened it after an incident in which nine activists aboard a flotilla of ships carrying aid to Gaza were killed, according to Gisha.

As a friend noted, will Gisha be taking credit or will they deny any responsibility when the weapons and terrorists that will use this border-crossing are involved in attacks on Israelis?

Well, what do you think?

But what about that yellow brick road reference?


Who conduits money for Gisha?

Oh, oh:

We appreciate your contribution to Gisha - Legal Center for Freedom of Movement.

Donations from the US may be made by:

3. donation through the New Israel Fund:

Tax-exempt donations to Gisha of $100 or more may be made through the New Israel Fund, which is recognized as a 501(c)(3) organization under the U.S. tax code.

Contributions should be clearly marked as donor-advised to Gisha 5276 (in the memo of the check and in an accompanying note), and the check should be payable to the order of the "New Israel Fund".

The address for checks is:

New Israel Fund
P.O.B 91588
Washington, D.C.
20090-1588 USA

** We apologize, but the New Israel Fund cannot accept donor-advised donations online, and it cannot accept donor-advised donations of less than $100.**

4. Matching Gifts:

The Federal Employee Identification Number for the New Israel Fund is: 942607722.

Can I ask: will NIF take responsibility for any deaths, injuries or property damage as a result of feeding money to a group which is entralled that the Rafah Crossing is open and most probably will thus permit arms, weapons and such to be entered into the Gaza Strip and used against Israel?

Will they?


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