This spring while I was in Israel for Passover my Israeli Palestinian friends in Haifa showed me pictures and stories of disabled people(men, women and children) in Gaza using sticks instead of crutches or utterly house bound for lack of a wheelchair. Many of the disabled were as a result of the Gaza war. Understandably, I was very moved by their plight even though I don't have any sympathy for Hamas. My Nephew who is a captain in the Golani Brigade arranged a meeting with the IDF bureaucrats responsible for the the Gaza blockade to hear my request to provide some wheelchairs and crutches for Gaza thru official Israeli channels.
My request was not only denied but scoffed at. I don't know if there is some valid security reason for the denial or if it's because I'm on Shin Bet's shit list. As a result I contacted the people of the Free Gaza movement and I personally purchased 20 wheelchairs and 50 sets of crutches from an Istanbul Medical Supply house for delivery with the Freedom Flotilla.