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U.N.: Gaza at the Breaking Point

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Posted on Sep 8, 2006
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Sealed borders, regular military incursions and poor quality of life have brought Gaza to the breaking point, a U.N. official has said.  Karen Abuzayd, head of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, also warned that current tactics for dealing with Gaza have failed to inspire a spirit of compromise among Palestinians, and instead foster anger and resentment.


BBC News:

Ms Abuzayd said that Gaza was becoming increasingly isolated by financial sanctions, the Israeli siege of the territory and daily targeted killings.

“It would be great to have an international presence, civilian, military, whatever,” she said, adding that an international force of peacekeepers could offer Gaza’s 1.5m people some protection.

“The strangulation of commerce and trade has ruined the economy, it has brought the institutions of government to a point of near-meltdown and badly shaken the society,” she said.

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By So Tired Of Having America's Name On All This, September 10, 2006 at 4:52 am Link to this comment
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Of course, Israel’s defenders will just say, “Let them stop all violence and then we will let them out of their prison”

People who defend what Israel is doing should also approve of other forms of collective punishment that would surely make us “safer” much more effeciently than our present system.

For example, how about this modest proposal: put all the men in prison.

Most violent criminals are men. We would probably reduce the problem of violent crime dramatically if we put all men in a prison where they didn’t get enough food and water and would be regularly shot or mistreated by heavily armed guards for any or no reason.

If they complained, we could just say, “When we are sure that the violence will never resume, we will release you.” Every escape attempt or violence against a guard would be taken as proof that the prisoners mustn’t be released and deserve their fate.

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By khadim hussain, September 9, 2006 at 1:20 pm Link to this comment
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History is being repeated and as expected world is just watching; Sad but true. However, nothing is ever lasting and one day there will come an end to the zionist / us mo-op operations and collective suffering being inflicted on women, elderly and children. It even hurts more when people at the helm of this claim to be decent and civilized and democratic.

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By Geronimo, September 8, 2006 at 2:03 pm Link to this comment
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Gaza and The Warsaw Ghetto

same place
different times
while the world stood by
genocide
live

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By kevin99999, September 8, 2006 at 7:15 am Link to this comment
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Israel is the cause of problems in the middle east and palestinians are paying the price for Israel’s occupation of arab lands and its terroristic activities. If there is to be any solution in the middle east, those fighting Israeli occupation must be supported finacially economically.

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