Economic violence

February 6th, 2004 – 8:31 pm
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Since the U.S. apparently refuses to ever do anything to intervene in Israel’s continued oppression of the Palestinians, it’s good to see that at least the EU is considering doing something:

The MPs said that the barrier “destroyed the viability of a Palestinian state” and risked having an irreversible effect on the Palestinian people.

They said: “Rates of malnutrition in Gaza and parts of the West Bank are as bad as anything one would find in sub-Saharan Africa. The Palestinian economy has all but collapsed. Unemployment rates are in the region of 60 to 70 per cent. “The EU should not shy away from using economic pressure to gain political leverage with Israel.”

The report said that Palestinian farmers had land confiscated, crops damaged and were “plagued” by problems in getting goods to market.

MPs condemned the Israeli government for preventing the free export of goods from the West Bank and Gaza, and urged the EU to suspend Israel’s preferential tariff rates until they allow Palestinians free access to European markets. They said: “It is hard to avoid the conclusion that there is a deliberate Israeli strategy of putting the lives of ordinary Palestinians under stress as part of a strategy to bring the population under heel.”

I’m glad that someone actually gets it. There can never be true peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis while the former live with the latter’s boot on their neck.

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