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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Nicotine Withdrawal

Maybe Israel won't need to cut electricity or reduce gasoline shipments after all:

Throughout the summer, various media outlets reported that the price of cigarettes has skyrocketed due to the closures of the sundry crossings into Israel which Hamas has been shelling on a rotating basis. That fact, coupled with Hamas's attempt to corner the cigarette market, has made cigarettes prohibitively expensive.

Now, cigarettes from Israel are a thing of the past. Last night, watching the Israeli news with Tilda, she explained that Israel is closing the crossings to all but "humanitarian" supplies: food, water, medicine and so forth.

Cigarettes aren't on the list. Cigarettes are not a "humanitarian" necessity, an Israeli spokesman stated.

One Gazan disagreed, appearing on television to explain that his enforced withdrawal from nicotine was turning him into an angry man who frightened his children, hence cigarettes truly do fall under the aegis of "humanitarian aid."

So picture this -- several million angry Arab men, all smokers of up to two packs a day, deprived of their drug of choice for an indefinite period of time......

They'll either overthrow Hamas by the end of the week, or kill each other, or both. Maybe we should arrange a deal: every day without a Kassam attack gets you a truckload of cigarettes?

2 Comments:

Blogger RR said...

When the violence, child abuse, etc. goes up in Gaza, I have no doubt Israel will be vilified in the world press for causing it all by not letting the ciggies in!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007 at 11:38:00 AM GMT+2  
Blogger aliyah06 said...

rr--absolutely! Hey, if the killer tsunami in the Indian Ocean a couple of years ago is Israel's fault, then why not child abuse in Gaza? and AIDS in the Middle East? and failing grades in Nablus? and anything else who's blame can readily be deflected to Israel?

Tuesday, October 30, 2007 at 1:18:00 PM GMT+2  

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