And read here readers' comments on the logic or the illogic of the blockade.
''The list does not compute. It isn't intended to. The objective of a list is to demonstrate power. More important, to demonstrate lack of power. To emphasize impotence by grinding one's face into an assortment of petty, illogical regulations.''Chirangu wrote:
''There is some method to the 'madness' for some of the items:
1) Canned and dried fruit can be stockpiled, whereas fresh fruit and frozen fruit cannot (especially given the power outages Gaze is prone to having). If Israel wants to really clamp down, large stores of preserved foods are not going to help them.
2) Fishing rods and and ropes for fishing allow the people to provide their own food, rather than be dependent on foreign help. Fishing could also be a livelihood for some.
3) Same thing for bolts of cloth vs. clothes. The fabric could provide jobs for tailors.
4) It will take longer to raise chicks to adulthood, when they lay eggs and procreate, and are large enough to make a meal.
5) Banning livestock but permitting feed allows the people to maintain the animals they have, but not rapidly increase their numbers. I suppose animals could also be used to smuggle in drugs and explosive substances like humans do.
6) I don't know why chemical fertilizer is permitted, considering it can be used as an explosive.
I think this is why "The Economist" arranged them this way, to make it clearer.''