In Warsaw, a street sign states,"Jews are forbidden to walk on this side
of the street."
Palestine, the new Warsaw
Per the article below, we now have some solid evidence of what the Israelis are accomplishing with the Palestinians. Their intent is to starve and destroy an entire population of people. Their intent is to inflict virtually every single humiliation and racial and religious prejudice on the Palestinians that Hitler inflicted on the Jews prior to and during World War II.
How is it possible that the Israelis with so many survivors from the death camps living within their borders find it impossible to see that their treatment of the Palestinians is exactly the same as the treatment of the European Jews by Hitler.
The Palestinians are not animals. They are not war mongers any more than the European Jews were sixty years ago. The Palestinians are also not anything like the Nazis. The Israelis are the Nazis in the current drama.
The Jews have a world wide campaign in which they continue to tell the world of the evils of racial and religious prejudice. Unfortunately, and ever so sadly, their campaign only applies to the Jews. They have no ability to generalize to all races, all religions and all nations their experience under the Nazis.
The lesson the Jews learned in World War II was one of intolerance and hatred and racial prejudice and the proof is in their treatment of the Palestinians whose land they occupied through terrorism at the end of World War II.
As the Jews were removed from Europe, they removed Palestinians from Israel. As they were portrayed as vermin by Hitler, they now portray the Palestinians as less than human. They kill and maim men and women and children and destroy buildings and choke off every semblance of human existence they can.
The question is where is all of this leading? Will the Israelis starve to death the entire Palestinian population? Is that the goal? Will the world nations eventually have to step in and feed these people?
The Palestinians are not by any means free of guilt and innocent blood spilled. But is the solution continued hatred and the infliction of pain and suffering on the Palestinians?
So went Hitler, so goes Sharon. So went Nazi Germany, so
U.N.: Palestinian Economy in Ruins
By STEVEN GUTKIN
JERUSALEM -- Israeli restrictions have caused "deeper and broader" economic fallout in Palestinian territories than previously thought, with unemployment reaching 50 percent and poverty in the Gaza Strip at 70 percent, the U.N. envoy to the Middle East said Thursday.
Terje Roed-Larsen urged Israel to ease its restrictions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip -- and called on both sides to resume peace talks as the only viable solution to the current Mideast impasse.
Roed-Larsen said the statistics were the first international numbers on the Palestinian economy since Israel reoccupied major Palestinian urban areas last spring in response to suicide bombings.
"I am deeply disturbed by the figures," Roed-Larsen said. "But I am not surprised, given the iron grip that Israel has imposed on the West Bank."
Israel has imposed curfews and sealed off much of the West Bank, severely restricting the movement of people and goods. Residents of six of the eight major urban areas in the West Bank are confined to their homes, often for days at a time.
Roed-Larsen said the curfews and closures have pushed up unemployment in the West Bank in the second quarter of 2002 from 36 percent to 50 percent. Unemployment in Gaza, he said, has remained steady at 50 percent.
According to U.N. figures, poverty, defined as per capita consumption of $2 or less per day, is 70 percent in Gaza and 55 percent in the West Bank.
Since last March, 56 percent of Palestinian households lost at least half their income, and about 20 percent lost all their income, according to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics.
"Aid cannot fill the gap, but without it the economy would collapse. Against this backdrop, and before the eyes of the world, the Palestinian civilian population is scrambling to survive."
The U.N. envoy acknowledged that easing restrictions could pose new security risks to Israel, but he said failing to do so will fuel the very extremism Israel is trying to quell.
"We have to break through this central dilemma," Roed-Larsen said. Humanitarian, economic, political and security issues must be negotiated at the same time, he said, or cease-fires will be destined to fail.
Israel says the measures are necessary to prevent Palestinian terrorists from entering Israel. More than 250 Israelis have died in suicide bombings since U.S. brokered peace talks broke down two years ago, setting off a cycle of attacks and counterattacks.
Roed-Larsen said he appreciated Israel's "very legitimate" security concerns, but said the effects of Israeli restrictions are "deeper and broader than many people had thought."
The envoy said in the next few days he will meet with Israeli officials and urge them "to re-examine the application of their security measures."
Copyright © 2002, The Associated Press
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