On Sat, 5 May 2018 15:04:15 -0700 (PDT), Lions Growl of Butchers Foul
Post by MattB
Palestinian youths set Gazas own gas line on fire at weekly fence
The IDF shared video of the Kerem Shalom incident, during which
Palestinians broke into the Palestinian side of the crossing and
damaged pipelines carrying gas and oil into Gaza, which already
suffers from a large energy shortage.
This is a cynical act that harms the welfare of Gaza residents and
the humanitarian efforts carried out by Israel and many other
countries, the army said.
Are these people total idiots
According to Hamas, Israel's closure policy, which was extended when
the Hamas administration came to power in 2007, was responsible for
high levels of poverty and unemployment and a significant decline of
the private sector which was heavily reliant upon export markets.
Israel blamed Hamas for taking actions that led to the closure policy.
A large part of the population is dependent on humanitarian
assistance, primarily from the UN agencies.
An easing of Israel's closure policy in 2010 resulted in an
improvement in some economic indicators, but regular exports from the
Gaza Strip were still prohibited. According to the Israeli Defense
Forces, the economy improved in 2011, with a drop in unemployment and
an increase in GDP. New malls have opened, local industry is
developing and the economic upswing has led to the construction of
hotels and a rise in the import of cars. Wide-scale development
has been made possible by the unhindered movement of goods into Gaza
through the Kerem Shalom Crossing and tunnels between the Gaza Strip
and Egypt. The current rate of trucks entering Gaza through Kerem
Shalom is 250 trucks per day. This figure fluctuates depending on the
level of interference with goods being brought into Gaza from Egypt
through tunnels. The increase in building activity has led to a
shortage of construction workers. To make up for the deficit, young
people are being sent to learn the trade in Turkey.
With the exception of emergency aid for disasters such as floods and earthquakes,
most foreign aid is best described as taking money from poor people in rich countries
and giving it to rich people in poor countries.
Corruption is endemic.