The Real Reason the Gaza Blockade Banned Toys
Israel says its blockade of Gaza is for security, that its purpose is to protect the safety and well-being of ordinary Jewish Israelis by preventing weapons from being imported to Gaza. But the fact that the blockade, until recently at least (it is changing as I write as Israel tries to deflect the world's outrage), banned items like foodstuffs and toys demonstrates that it had (and has) a very different purpose.
The real purpose of the blockade, the real purpose of banning toys and other such non-weapon items, is to make life as miserable as possible for Palestinians in order to make them leave all of Palestine (Gaza, the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Israel itself) and never even dream of returning to their homes and villages where they were born inside of Israel. Banning toys for children in Gaza really does make something more secure, namely Zionist ethnic cleansing and the Jewish state based upon it. What the blockade makes more secure ought not even to exist!
The real purpose of everything that the Israeli government does--not just the Gaza blockade, but also the "separation wall," the Occupation, the "settlements," and military attacks on people in Gaza and Lebanon--is indeed "security." But what does "security" really mean to Israeli leaders? It does not mean the safety and well-being of ordinary Israeli Jews, even though Israeli leaders want people to think that is its meaning. No! By "security," Israel's leaders mean security of the Zionist project of ethnic cleansing: the removal of most of the non-Jews from what is now Israel in 1948, and the denial of their right of return forever. "Security" means making the Palestinians give up their effort to abolish the ethnic cleansing and to abolish the Jewish state that defines itself as a state sufficiently cleansed of non-Jews that it has at least an 80% Jewish population. For Israel's Zionist leaders, "security" means the security of Zionism, i.e. ethnic cleansing.
In fact, the security of Zionism, the blockade's real purpose, causes terrible insecurity for ordinary Israeli Jews. It causes Jews to be the object of hatred by all of the people in the world who hate ethnic cleansing and who believe the Israeli government's claim that it acts in the name of "the Jewish people." It causes Israeli Jews to be the victims of increasingly brutal economic inequality inside Israel, driven by the Israeli ruling class of billionaires and generals and politicians who are only able to get away with this attack on Israeli Jews by ensuring that they fear Arabs and Muslims more than their Jewish ruling class. Creating this fear is precisely the purpose of Israeli leaders in carrying out the ethnic cleansing that makes Jews an object of hatred in the first place.