The worst winter storm in decades has left thousands of people across the region in various degrees of misery, and the residents of the Gaza Strip are certainly no exception. But of course no crisis in Gaza can go to waste without blaming it on Israel.
In a case of what appears to simply be making sh!t up, the “Middle East Monitor” has simply concocted the tall tale of how…:
Israel has opened the Wadi Sofa Dam east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, flooding dozens of houses and leaving hundreds of people homeless.
And of course its all true because:
Rafah City Mayor Issa Nashar confirmed the incident on Sunday, saying, “Israel has indeed opened the dam which led to drowning the neighbouring areas with accumulated rain water up to 1 metre deep.”
Here’s the accompanying picture to prove it:
It all sounds so diabolical. We simply notice its raining pretty hard, so why don’t we use the rain as cover, open a dam, and drown the poor, miserable residents of the Gaza Strip. No one will ever suspect it! Of course the story will be parroted across the internet as you can see from the sharing stats of the article here:
There’s only one problem: There is no dam east of Rafah. What there is is a small reservoir which can not be opened or closed. As Ha’aretz explains here:
Nehemia Shahaf, the Israeli municipal official responsible for the drainage system in part of the northern Negev, said there was one dam in the area, a one-meter cement structure in the Tze’elim area that directs water to a reservoir in Israeli territory, but that it could not be opened or closed. Shahaf said the water level was so high that the dam couldn’t stop it from reaching Gaza. Not much of the water goes to the reservoir because most of it seeps into the ground beforehand, Shahaf added.
(My apologies for pointing you to an Ha’aretz article, but when even Ha’aretz suggests there is nothing evil here, its worth noting it as a source.) And BTW, here’s the reservoir and its proximity to the Gaza Strip. I’ll let you judge for yourself if you think its raging waters could cause such utter devastation.
(H/T to Nicci Thomson on Facebook for pointing me towards the Ha’aretz article)