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The Real News reports on the UNRWA report finding that Gaza may be uninhabitable by 2020.

A demo took place in Ni'ilin.

The Alternative Information Center presents another edition of AIC Vision.

An Israeli patrol boat shoots into the water near fishermen two miles off the coast of Gaza.

Two videos from Breaking The Silence, presenting ex-soldiers who testify about the specifics of the Occupation.

Domestic violence is increasing in the West Bank, Al Jazeera reports.

Settlers in East Jerusalem evict Palestinian family members from a room in their house.

After a 'price tag' attack on the Latrun monastery, over 100 people visit to show solidarity, including Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon.

In Tel Aviv, protesters against war with Iran listen to a speech by Manal Timraz, a Palestinian who had 15 family members killed by a bomb in Gaza.

Israelis & Eritreans protest against the internment of refugees in the Negev desert.

Activists try to reach Eritrean refugees blocked at the border with Sinai, but the IDF stops them from delivering bread they brought.

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  •  Not only will Gaza not be livable by 2020 (14+ / 0-)

    but its aquifer may be unusable as soon as 2016

    Therefore it is time to end the blockade on Gaza as the report urges:

    The report urges the end to the blockade, saying, "Gaza needs to be open and accessible to the world."

    "The viability of a future Palestinian state depends on a proper connection between the West Bank and Gaza, providing access to the Mediterranean for the entire occupied Palestinian territory,” the report adds.

    •  JP had one of those odd articles today where (7+ / 0-)

      the lede was that Israel, that is Bibi and his colleagues,  might have to take back some of Gaza. Of course, after that one sentence there was no further amplification of that, from Ehud Barak, to whom the statement was attributed. I wonder if they intend to stuff the million or more Gazans into the least habitable bits, and take back, among other things, all those farms Sharon surrendered eight or ten years ago. And I wonder if they are going to try it once they have the US tied up fighting Israel's fight in Iran. They still havene't given up the possibiity of some October surprise.

      And please to do something to create a viable Palestinian state merely makes a map of things they WILL NOT do. What I am trying to figure out is whether the form of contamination of the water and such is reversible, once they get it back, but irreversible because they control the blockade until the people now there flee or die first.

  •  I have my complaints against Israel, but (1+ / 0-)
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    I don't question their right to admit immigrants or refugees according to their own standards.  Look at the map of Eritrea.  Why wouldn't they go to Yemen?  Or Saudi Arabia?  Israel is a hike, and they have to go through other countries to get there.

    If they were refugees once they hit Israel's doorstep, what were they in the 3 other countries they had to traverse along the way?

    Oregon:'s cold. But it's a damp cold.

    by Keith930 on Fri Sep 07, 2012 at 07:38:44 PM PDT

    •  While we regularly see photos of destruction in (1+ / 0-)
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      parse this

      Gaza - in fact, that's what we mostly see, here are some others I've found online from various newspapers, etc. Life goes on.

      A water park

      Massive residential construction

      Catching a wave

      Yummmm - Strawberry farmers

      Progressives will win only when we convince a majority that they, too, are Progressive. And... It’s the Supreme Court, stupid!

      by auapplemac on Fri Sep 07, 2012 at 10:21:39 PM PDT

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      •  What's your point? Are you discrediting... (6+ / 0-)

        ...the widespread information that life in Gaza is very hard, actually precarious, for the average person?

        Because that's how your comment is designed. You do not acknowledge the overall reality as reported.

        Almost everywhere and almost at every point in history, you can still find some people having fun some of the time.

        As to your last photo, Gaza's strawberry farmers cannot export their produce because Israel won't let them. So they are limited to local consumption and to smuggling via the tunnels.

        •  Yet they are still growing their lovely (0+ / 0-)


          Residences are being built and the water park looks like fun.

          Progressives will win only when we convince a majority that they, too, are Progressive. And... It’s the Supreme Court, stupid!

          by auapplemac on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 10:53:51 PM PDT

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          •  Agreed; but u still did NOT clarify your comment (6+ / 0-)

            As anyone even barely following Israel-Palestine knows, pointing out "the good life" in the West Bank and even more so in Gaza, has become a favorite ruse of the Israeli government's propaganda - and for good reason.

            Displaying "Good life in Gaza" pics in response to a diary featuring a UN report that Gaza might become unlivable to this number of people by 2020 -

            - is just like displaying images and graphs of people enjoying the weather in response to a diary featuring scientific reports about global warming.

            So, are you willing to clarify?

    •  The right to admit/refuse immigrants, does NOT (6+ / 0-)

      include the right to starve people at the border.

      Also, if the immigrants claim they are refugees, Israel is bound (by the various int'l agreements it has signed) to make a good-faith examination of whether their claim is true.

      So far, Israel has either neglected to even give these claims their day in court, or in the rare event that it was examined - they were approved far less often than in other countries.

      Israel is part of the region surrounding South Sudan and Eritrea. And it is one of the wealthiest countries in these regions. So it is both a natural destination, and a country that in fact can afford to absorb refugees more than most others around. Time for the Israeli mainstream to stop whining and start acting up to its own self-image as a strong, modern enlightened nation.

      What most Israeli progressive analysts have concluded is that this is not at all about immmigration policy, but rather the result of behind-the-scenes lobbying by companies that import into Israel hundreds of thousands of foreign laborers from East Asia and Eastern Europe - these tycoons are afraid the refugees would take their place and the super-fat cut of $$$ that they are getting from the foreign labor.

      In short, it is time to stop repeating mindlessly the talking points of the mainstream Israeli press. This is yet another case where these do not hold any water.

      •  I guess Saudi Arabia is destitute (0+ / 0-)

        what with the price of oil being what it is...

        Get a grip.

        Oregon:'s cold. But it's a damp cold.

        by Keith930 on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 03:07:36 PM PDT

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        •  I said "one of the wealthiest", not THE wealthiest (4+ / 0-)

          Out of decorum I dropped the obvious punchline from my previous comment, but you are forcing my hand to bring it back:

          So... once again, whenever convenient (read: whenever some minimal standards of international behavior are expected), Israel-government apologists compare their pet country to Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Sudan, etc. etc.

          Yet, when it comes to demanding  favors, Israel, its "freedom" and "enlightment" and "special relationship" suddenly hop-skip to the other end, jumping to #1 ahead of the UK and all the rest of the West.

          I think by 2012, this quadruple flip-flip would not even lend you past the pre-Olympic qualifiers anymore. Stale, old and lame.

          Besides that, it's whiny and facetious: Israel is clearly not the only country having refugees from South Sudan and Eritrea. But it is one of the few whose economy has no real difficulty absorbing these refugees - given that it imports several times as many foreign laborers each year.

          The only thing singling Israel out in this refugee crisis, is that it is the only country whose leaders and mainstream media, quite shamefully - and with EXTREMELY blatant racist rhetoric - refuse to treat these refugees as human beings.

          Having witnessed, followed and analyzed the sad degeneration of Israel's leadership and political culture in the 21st Century, this is not a total surprise for me - but it is still shocking. Getting back to sports terms, this Israeli response to the refugees over the past year is like a totally redundant brutal and unprovoked red-card foul.

          But what is really surprising me, is that self-proclaimed American progressive/liberals, who think they speak in Israel's best interests, are still willing to go to bat defending these travesties.

          I really wonder: is there any point at which you might stop and doubt the crap coming out of Jerusalem?

      •  I recall, back in the mid to late 90s, (4+ / 0-)
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        the exploitation of Thai workers on both the kibbutz and the moshav in the Upper Galilee at which I resided. At the time, I had no idea how widespread this form of indentured servitude was.

        Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. (Terry Pratchett)

        by angry marmot on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 03:10:56 PM PDT

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  •  Thank you for posting (6+ / 4-)

    And please keep posting all this great information that we rarely get here in the US, look who controls our media.

    A group wrote a book saying they were the chosen ones, they believed it. In one of their endeavors they displaced the people of a country, taking the best land, water and cities for themselves. Their book told them it was theirs, they believed it.

    by weltshmertz on Fri Sep 07, 2012 at 08:26:26 PM PDT

  •  Gaza it appears only endures... (2+ / 0-)
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    ...with a massive infusion of infrastructure - desalinization plants, offshore wind, unprecedented upgrade of what passes for sewage/water treatment  etc. - none of which Hamas can afford or regional neighbors seem willing to "pump-prime."

    I was in Gaza well over two decades ago, and the stark contrast between the incredibly beautiful Mediterranean coast and the horrid condition of Gaza neighborhoods still haunts my memory. I naively hoped that the change in Government in Egypt would create a "lifeboat" of sorts for Gaza, but even if Egypt decided that their mutual need for development and "normal" policing/security of the Northern Sinai was a high priority, there may be too little time to overcome the many barriers that need to be taken down ( I assume I need not list them: no matter one's interests or inherent biases regarding this portion of the planet, a handful of conditions are undisputed, even as the underlying causes might be in dispute).

    I'm under no illusion that some Gaza "Marshall Plan" would "fix" this. But people engaged in what would be an unprecedented, ambitious project have less time and energy for nursing hatred and grievances.

    When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 02:56:24 AM PDT

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