This is economic war on the Palestinian people. It benefits Israel in eliminating another of their regional economic competitors.
Canadians should be ashamed of our Government directly contributing to the economic poverty and oppression of the Palestians in the occupied territories, while the same Government praises Israel unconditionally. While lecturing China on human rights violations, the Harpocrites remain silent on the economic and military war the Israeli State is conducting against the Palestinians in Gaza.The Harpocrites have failed to criticize the Isreali State for its continuing war against civilians in Gaza.They are as guilty as the Israeli State for the continuing plight of the people of Palestine.
When you have no hope, then you become hopeless, and the actions of hopelessness are self sacrifice. The result is suicide bombers.
UN Reports Unprecedented Decline in Palestinian Economy
The report from the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees, known as UNRWA, says there has been a 64 percent increase in the number of Palestinians living in what the U.N. describes as deep poverty or on about $2 a day since 2005. According to the report more than one million Palestinians live in deep poverty.
The report also says there has been an overall household decline in income of more than $300 million in the past year, accelerating a trend which began in 2000 when the second Palestinian intifada began. About 30 percent of Palestinians are unemployed - a figure that has also more than doubled since 2000.
A U.S. economist who compiled the report for UNRWA, Salem Ajluni, says the rise in so-called deep poverty and a sharp drop in manufacturing, have been especially noticeable in the Gaza Strip.
"When you reduce household incomes from the public sector alone by about $330 million you are going to get an increase in deep poverty, there is a result there. It is always the case that there is a disproportionate impact on the Gazan economy," he said. "If the public sector takes a hit they get it magnified there. If there are movement restrictions it affects them more."
The U.N. report says the current economic crisis in the Palestinian territories has largely been induced by a cutoff of customs and tax revenue that Israel turns over to the Palestinian Authority, and a suspension of donor aid from the international community, especially from the United States and the European Union. The revenues were suspended months ago after the militant group Hamas took control of the Palestinian government and refused to modify its stance of not recognizing Israel, renouncing terrorism, or recognizing previous agreements between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
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