Israeli econ. blockade devastates 52% of Gazan households

Israel’s curious pursuit of “peace” with Palestinians. Consider it a reverse Marshall Plan.

MIDEAST: Poverty in Gaza Hits “Unprecedented” Level (IPS)

In both the West Bank and Gaza, young people aged 15 to 24 are the most likely of any group to be unemployed, while the number of households in Gaza below the poverty line has reached an historic high of nearly 52 percent, according to a new report by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) issued Thursday.

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  • http://velveteenrabbi.blogs.com/blog/ Rachel

    What a tough situation. I spent one day in the West Bank last week, and it just about broke my heart…

  • Kiwi

    You forgot to mention that the Egyptian and Jordanian crossings are also closed – how does this help their Arab brothers? To be one eyed about a situation is not critical thinking, especially when you realise why the Israeli’s had to close their crossings. Surely you shouldn’t bite the hand that fees you. Why do Jordan and Egypt close their crossings when the Palestinians are not even shooting them, firing rockets or suicide bombing their countries.

  • Kiwi

    Should be ‘feeds’ you, of course – apoplogies.

  • http://akramsrazor.typepad.com svend

    Hi Kiwi
    Thanks for the comment. There’s a whole lot to be said here, but most fundamentally those are other countries which are not responsible for what happens inside Israel. Israel–which unlike its neighbor is a (schizophrenic) democracy and a first world nation–is, and Israel is intentionally squeezing the life out of them by cutting them off from their normal sources of employment and trade. This is really, really dangerous and inhumane, and it’s bound to escalate the conflict (which is fine by most of Israel’s invariably hawkish leadership).


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