News From Gaza

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  1. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Friday that when 374 government schools re-open their doors in Gaza to a quarter of a million students returning from winter break tomorrow, parents, teachers and children will be hoping classrooms will operate without having heat nor light.

    An official who runs schools in Rafah, Gaza's southernmost district, Saeed Harb, said that even before the fuel cuts, power shortages meant that children were already cold in classrooms.

    "Many rooms didn't have light simply because there were no longer any light bulbs in the market. Palestinian children are finding it almost impossible to learn, and you can see it in their failing marks," he added.

    On Wednesday, Israel's Supreme Court declared legal the reductions to the fuel and electricity supply of Gaza. For students, this could mean even colder classrooms and fewer classes.

    Gaza relies on Israel for fuel to generate electricity and water.

    Israel has restricted the entry of everything but survival basics such as fuel, food and medicine into Gaza since June of last year, when Hamas, which won elections in 2006, forcibly excised the Palestinian Authority from power.

    In October, Israel cut energy supplies to Gaza's 1.4 million residents in response to militants firing rockets at the nearby Israeli town of Sderot, and on 17 January, with even more Qassams landing in Sderot, Israel shut off all energy sources.

    Gaza's main power plant shut down three days later for lack of fuel, leaving households in large parts of the tiny coastal territory without light, heat or running water.

    Hospitals switched to emergency generators, cutting back on non-critical services. Raw sewage was released into the sea at a rate of 30 million litters per day. Israel has agreed to restore energy supplies to Gaza, but at far below the pre-June levels.

    January's fuel cuts fell upon a population already reeling from months of closures and restrictions, a population, UNICEF Special Representative Patricia McPhillips stressed, predominantly made up of children.

    "Some 56 percent of Gazans are under 18 years old," said McPhillips said.

    This means, she added, that children are bearing the brunt of restrictions, whether it is of food, fuel or school supplies.

    Enrolment levels and test scores tell a story of deep decline, McPhillips said. Enrolment figures for grades 1-10 have dropped from a peak of 96.8% in 2000-2001, to 91.2% in 2006-2007. Learning achievement is plummeting.

    An UNRWA survey in its Gaza schools in 2007 showed that 66% to 90% of children in grades four to nine failed math, and 61% in grade eight-failed Arabic.

    UNICEF spokesperson in Geneva Veronique Taveau told reporters that to respond to power shortages, UNICEF and partners are delivering safe drinking water to 220 schools each day once school re-opens on 2 February and Providing emergency education supplies to make up for lack of resources in classrooms, partly due to restrictions on goods coming into Gaza since June 2007.

    She added that UNICEF would be constructing five 5-cubic meter stationary storage tanks, and three 1-cubic-meter mobile storage tanks for emergency use near water pumping stations.

    Among other measures, she said, next week, UNICEF will provide 60 bicycles to help water facility staff monitor and operate water pumping stations; and protection kits (50 suits and 100 boots) for sewage facility staff.

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    How this is going to create a population that will be productive or even amenable to resolution is beyond me.

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  3. Mr.Spock Back from the dead Valued Senior Member

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    as usual the UN backed by the oil reached countries of the ME is using children in the propaganda war against israel.

    so whats the point? israeli children are no even part of the equation, so why should we pay attention?

    you cant exactly confuse the UN with objectivity whe it come to israel.

    there are worse places for children in the world, yet they dont get any attention or funds at all because of the self centered palestinians.
     
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  5. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    And this?

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  7. Mr.Spock Back from the dead Valued Senior Member

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    maybe its due the fact half of the qassam rockets hamas is firing fall inside gaza territory not in israel. or is it the checkpoint hamas established, constant firing in the streets and intimidation that are at fault.


    ill bet not a word on those in the UN report?

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  8. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    Thats not a UN report.

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    You're running a factory for suicide terrorism. What future are you making for Israel?
     
  9. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    what about the kids in Kenya, Darfur, Zimbabwe???
     
  10. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    Sure, start a thread.

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    Unlike all those problems, all this requires is for Israel to recognise the Palestinians as humans.
     
  11. Mr.Spock Back from the dead Valued Senior Member

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    were running? we the ones that give them money, medical aids, jobs and all those thing they shout and lie and say they dont have because we "deny" them that, and not the constant brainwash of comparing jews to pigs, denying israel existence, calling it a colonial state , advocating violence and terrorism and a policy of targeting civilians with explosives and rockets.


    no that has got nothing to with it at all.
     
  12. Mr.Spock Back from the dead Valued Senior Member

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    LOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!

    we the ones who compare them to pigs and swines, and quote the protocols of zion!


    you sure you arent a comedian?

    **BTW, does this mean you admit you care only for palestinians?
     
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  13. iceaura Valued Senior Member

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    So may we conclude that the Israeli treatment of the Palestinian children is motivated by the hatred and contempt - and fear - of people such as yourself ?
     
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  14. Mr.Spock Back from the dead Valued Senior Member

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    the same old tune. if it israelis it is hatred, if it is palestinian it is victim hood.

    they set up the formula not me or my views, or my so called hatred. you always presume to know how others feel?
     
  15. spidergoat Valued Senior Member

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    Mod Note: Let this thread be a sticky for all SAM's topics involving Gaza, and the Palestinian/Israel issue.
     
  16. hypewaders Save Changes Moderator

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    Do you wish to corral us all here for such discussion, or only Sam?
     
  17. spidergoat Valued Senior Member

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    All, unless there is something distinctly different you want to address.
     
  18. hypewaders Save Changes Moderator

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    Please enforce our confinement with a firm hand, and a big stick- It is necessary for our learning.
     
  19. spidergoat Valued Senior Member

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    All these similar threads seem to generate the same line of conversation, with the same participants, so why not combine them. I think this is a necessary measure for clarity and readability.
     
  20. draqon Banned Banned

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    this is like curbing a hungry enraged kitten to a corner in a room, spidergoat.
     
  21. spidergoat Valued Senior Member

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    Back on topic...

    Hamas claimed responsibility for the latest suicide bombings in Israel. Why shouldn't they be sanctioned? Why should Israel trade with them?
     
  22. draqon Banned Banned

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    because Israel stole land from them.
     
  23. spidergoat Valued Senior Member

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    You mean Israel?
     
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