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Living Under the Poverty Line in Gaza

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More than half of Gazas two million people live under the poverty line, which the United Nations defines as subsisting on less than about $5 per day, including any aid .. after more than a decade of Israeli siege, The World Bank stated in September.


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fly bird (26)
Wednesday October 31, 2018, 9:00 am
The Gaza Strip’s economy is in “free fall” after more than a decade of Israeli siege, The World Bank stated in September.

More than half of Gaza’s two million people live under the poverty line, which the United Nations defines as subsisting on less than about $5 per day, including any aid.

This video shows one such family of seven living in a small metal house in Khan Younis.

“I don’t have a kitchen or anything and I don’t have a decent bathroom,” Samar al-Atrash, the mother of five, told The Electronic Intifada. “We don’t have anything.”

Al-Atrash’s husband, Ismail, has no regular income and cannot provide for the family.

“I bring home two to six dollars to spend on my children,” he said.

“I wish my children could live in a clean house. That’s my life’s wish.”

Video by Ruwaida Amer and Sanad Ltefa.

Derek Richardson (192)
Wednesday October 31, 2018, 9:03 am
Thanks for sharing, sharing is caring.

Derry Richardson (38)
Wednesday October 31, 2018, 10:06 am
Thank you.

Amanda McConnell (7)
Wednesday October 31, 2018, 10:13 am
Thanks for sharing

Amanda McConnell (7)
Wednesday October 31, 2018, 10:13 am
Thanks for sharing

Ben O (135)
Wednesday October 31, 2018, 10:24 am
Less than $5 per day...? And I've been preaching $15 an HOUR for years! : ~ (

Ben O (135)
Wednesday October 31, 2018, 10:26 am
Nelson Mandela said it:
"Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings..."
Was he right, or was he right...?

Colleen L (3)
Wednesday October 31, 2018, 11:14 am
Thanks Fly

Sue H (7)
Wednesday October 31, 2018, 12:04 pm
Absolutely Unacceptable. :(

Naomi Dreyer (43)
Wednesday October 31, 2018, 12:54 pm
All should have food and care. The article lis about poverty, which makes me think of mal nutrition. The child lin the photo looks robust.

Freya H (345)
Wednesday October 31, 2018, 2:39 pm
Utterly horrible and unacceptable! Meanwhile, we give billions in aid to Israel while our veterans are eating out of garbage cans.

Chrissie R (10)
Wednesday October 31, 2018, 3:39 pm

S J (124)
Thursday November 1, 2018, 5:46 am
It will be very shameful for us all, if this situation is left undone. Sadly meow fly

fly bird (26)
Friday November 2, 2018, 9:09 pm
Irish Lawmakers Call for Arms Embargo on Israel.
November 2, 2018

In a letter published in the Irish Times newspaper, Minister of State Finian McGrath and fifty other Irish TDs and Senators have called for an arms embargo to be placed on Israel, and for “an end to the bi-lateral arms trade between Ireland and the apartheid state”.

In addition to independent Minister McGrath, the signatories include members of Sinn Féin, Solidarity-People Before Profit, Labour, the Green Party, Independents 4 Change and other independent members of the Oireachtas, who condemn “the shooting dead of some 205 [Palestinian] protestors, including 40 children, and wounding of more than 5,000 people by live fire [on the Great March of Return] in Gaza since April”.

The letter ends by calling for “the international community, and the Irish government in particular, to take a stand to help end Israel’s decades of colonial occupation, apartheid and war crimes against the Palestinian people.”

Welcoming the statement, Ms. Fatin Al Tamimi, Chairperson of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) and a Palestinian-Irish citizen said she “thanks the members of the Oireachtas for this important and principled statement of solidarity, showing once again the strong bonds between the Irish people and the Palestinian people, both of whom have struggled heroically against colonialism and oppression in their homelands.”

لإamimi noted, according to the PNN, that “the IPSC strongly echoes this call for an arms embargo on Israel, a measure that we Palestinians have long been asking for. Weapons sent to Israel are used to kill, maim and oppress my people, while weapons exported from Israel are marketed as being ‘battle tested’ on Palestinians. It is time to end this horrendous trade in death and destruction, which is a bloody stain upon the Irish state.”

fly bird (26)
Friday November 2, 2018, 9:12 pm
Israel Prevented 763 Palestinians Patients from Leaving Gaza (VIDEO)
November 2, 2018

Israeli authorities prevented 763 Palestinian patients from leaving the occupied Gaza Strip for medical treatment in September, reported the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Some 668 patient applications to travel through the Israeli-controlled Erez crossing were delayed, “receiving no definitive response to their application by the date of their hospital appointment”, said the WHO.

Of these, 161 applications were for children under the age of 18 and 71 applications were for patients aged 60 years or older.

Meanwhile, 95 patient applications were explicitly denied permission to cross Erez for health care in September, including seven children and 14 patients aged 60 years or older.

More than 90 percent of denied permit applications “were for appointments at hospitals in East Jerusalem or the West Bank”, noted the WHO.

The report notes that 18 applications in September were for permits for those injured during Great March of Return demonstrations – only one of which was approved (one denied, 16 delayed).

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

Janis K (129)
Friday November 2, 2018, 10:27 pm
Thanks for sharing.

fly bird (26)
Saturday November 3, 2018, 9:32 am
TAKE ACTION: This is an urgent and time-sensitive situation. Please sign and share widely!

Demand the Immediate Release of Prominent Palestinian Author Susan Abulhawa from Israeli Detention!

This is an urgent and time-sensitive situation. Please sign and share widely among your networks to ensure Susan's immediate and unconditional release from Israeli detention!

Susan Abulhawa, the Palestinian novelist, has been denied entry at Tel Aviv Airport on her way to the Kalimat Palestinian Literature Festival sponsored in part by the British Council. Despite the help of a lawyer from the British Council, the US Embassy and the festival organizers who have been on hand to assist, she was been detained by border forces upon her arrival.

She is one of the most commercially successful Arab authors of all time. Abulhawa’s 2010 debut novel Mornings in Jenin, a multigenerational family epic spanning five countries and more than sixty years, looks unflinchingly at the Palestinian question – and became an international bestseller translated into twenty-eight languages. Susan was also a juror among a panel of internationally recognized human rights activists at the recent International People's Tribunal on US Colonial Crimes in Puerto Rico.

At this point, Susan is in detention awaiting a judicial decision regarding her appeal to allow her entry. Festival organizers and the British Council have stated that her participation is a cornerstone of the festival and very much needed.

We demand the immediate release of Susan Abulhawa and a guarantee that she will be able to travel and participate in the Kalimat Palestinian Literature Festival without any further incident. As a prominent Palestinian author, she deserves to be allowed to attend the Kalimat Palestinian Literature Festival in her birthright county.

Below is the contact info for the US Embassy of Israel to ask that she be allowed entry to participate. (

In addition to signing this petition, please contact these US officials to demand they assist in assuring Abulhawa's speedy release and permission to travel to the festival.

Ron Dermer, Israeli Ambassador to the United States


David Friedman, US Ambassdor to Israel

Sen. Robert Casey, PA


Sen. Patrick Toomey, PA


Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick


To: Ron Dermer, Israeli Ambassador to US; David Friedman, US Ambassador to Israel; Sen. Robert Casey, PA; Sen. Patrick Toomey, PA; Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, PA;
From: [Your Name]

We demand the immediate release of Susan Abulhawa and a guarantee that she will be able to travel and participate in the Kalimat Palestinian Literature Festival without any further incident. As a prominent Palestinian author, she deserves to be allowed to attend the Kalimat Palestinian Literature Festival in her birthright county.

fly bird (26)
Monday November 5, 2018, 10:53 pm
WATCH THE FILM THE Israel lobby didn't want you to see.

The Lobby - USA, episode 1-2.

The Electronic Intifada has obtained a complete copy of The Lobby – USA, a four-part undercover investigation by Al Jazeera into Israel’s covert influence campaign in the United States.

fly bird (26)
Tuesday November 6, 2018, 2:47 pm
The Occupation of the American Mind.


Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel


Roger Waters, Pink Floyd Co-Founder & Narrator of The Occupation of the American Mind.

Evelyn B (63)
Wednesday November 7, 2018, 9:00 am
It suits a certain section of the population to zap the fact that:
=> Israel prevents a significant part of aid reaching Occupied Palestine & Gaza
=> Trump is supporting the Zionist strategy of making life unliveable for Palestinians by cutting UNRWA funding

=> Israel (hardly a poor underdeveloped country) receives proportionately huge sums of tax-payers money, both directly & by tax waivers on private donations.

=>Part of the money goes on arms - used to kill civilians (easy - for extremists in Israel, all Palestinians are guilty of 'terrorism' by the fact of being Palestinian, and occupying the land of their ancestors - which the Zionists consider to be their own 'ancestral lands' and intend to 'recover' from indigenous non-Jewish Palestinians. Of course, it is irrelevant that most Zionist ancestors left their lands millennia ago - if the same logic were to be applied in the US, the Native Americans could chase out all the white people - Christian, Muslim, Jewish!)

=> part of the money -especially funds from pro-Zionist civil society & donors - goes to support land-grabbing under a system 'legalised' by Israel but illegal under international law

But some people don't want you to think about such matters -
So they wave 'terrorism', Hamas, killers, under your noses, to hide the large part of Palestinian society.

Some extremists use terms like "cockroaches", "serpents" to describe the Palestinians, &/or claim they have forfeited the right to be covered by Human Rights ... who calls them out on racism? Very few people, sadly.

The bulk of the media are influenced by hasbara -
It takes an effort to find other perspectives than the narrative the current Israeli government wants you to grasp.
But there are voices out there, giving the other perspectives. And they include great and honest Israelis of high integrity, as well as concerned non-Israeli Jews.

Watch The Occupation of the American Mind, as suggested by Jess.

Google Milo Peled, and Uri Avnery, and Gideon Levy - three of the Israelis with integrity and respect for human rights irrespective of ethnicity

fly bird (26)
Thursday November 8, 2018, 11:12 pm
Watch final episodes of Al Jazeera film on US Israel lobby.
The Lobby – USA, parts three (50:15) and four (49:37)

fly bird (26)
Friday November 9, 2018, 5:50 pm
Refugees: Israeli Apartheid’s Unseen Dimension.
June 20, 2012

Even among Palestinian activists, discussions about the Israeli crime of apartheid ignore the centrality of the refugee question. One reason for this “oversight” is the fact that the colonial context of apartheid in both South Africa and Palestine is not well understood. Another reason is that for many, not only among the diplomatic community and the United Nations, the division of Palestine into at least two states is perceived as a given, and the Palestinian population of the state-to-be is considered to be the “Palestinian people.” The fact that the PLO leadership has itself adopted this position and transformed itself from a liberation movement into a “Native Authority” similar to those of colonial Africa has encouraged other proponents of partition. They focus on Israeli apartheid practices in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, occasionally extending their analysis to the part of Palestine conquered in 1948.

What these analyses fail to grasp is that the crime of apartheid applies to a regime in its totality, and not one or other of its particular manifestations, as the 2011 Russell Tribunal on Palestine recently found (see Victor Kattan’s first-hand report). More importantly, forced population transfer, including the denial of refugee return, lies at the core of Israel’s brand of apartheid. I will discuss both of these points below, as well as the differences between Israeli and South African apartheid.

The International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid, which entered into force in 1976, very clearly covers the universal right to return. Article II states that any state that commits “inhuman acts… for the purpose of establishing and maintaining domination by one racial group of persons over any other racial group of persons and systematically oppressing them” is guilty of committing the crime of apartheid. Among these inhuman acts it includes “any legislative measures and other measures calculated to prevent a racial group or groups from participation in the political, social, economic and cultural life of the country and the deliberate creation of conditions preventing the full development of such a group or groups, in particular by denying to members of a racial group or groups basic human rights and freedoms, including… the right to leave and to return to their country.” The article lists other inhuman acts - such as the denial of the rights to nationality, freedom of movement and residence - that also directly affect refugees.

In other words, even if Israel were to end its apartheid practices toward the Palestinians living within the entire mandate territory of Palestine, it would still be committing the crime of apartheid vis-à-vis Palestinian refugees if it continued to deny their right to return.

A case can easily be made against Israel based on its own laws, policies, and practices. The over 700,000 refugees created in 1947-48 were forcibly prevented from returning. As the then defense minister Moshe Dayan wrote in his memoirs: “We shoot at those from among the 200,000 hungry [Palestinian] Arabs who cross the line [to graze their flocks] - will this stand up to moral review? Arabs cross to collect the grain that they left in the abandoned villages and we set mines for them and they go back without an arm or a leg... [It may be that this] cannot pass review, but I know of no other method of guarding the borders.” 1

In 1952, Israel passed its Citizenship Law with the clear intention of sealing the refugees’ fate. Article 3 states that to be entitled to citizenship, a person would have had to be present “in Israel, or in an area which became Israeli territory after the establishment of the State, from the day of the establishment of the State [May 1948] to the day of the coming into force of this Law [April 1952].” It is worth recalling that two years earlier, the Israeli parliament had passed the Law of Return entitling all Jews, and only Jews, the right to enter and become citizens of the new state.

Similar measures were taken in the wake of the 1967 war, in which Israel displaced over 400,000 Palestinians who were forced into exile. Just after the end of the war, Israeli military authorities carried out a census of Palestinians in the occupied territories; those not registered in that census were not allowed residency status and their right to return was thereby denied. The 90,000 Palestinians who were abroad at the time of the occupation were also stripped of their residency status. Furthermore, Palestinians who were included in the census lost their residency status if they remained abroad beyond a specified period of time.

In 2001, to ensure that Israeli negotiators remained faithful to the Zionist consensus, the Israeli Knesset passed the Entrenchment of the Negation of the Right to Return Law. Section 2 of this law states that “refugees will not be returned to the territory of the State of Israel save with the approval of the majority of the Knesset Members.” Section 1 of the law defines a refugee as a person who “left the borders of the State of Israel at a time of war and is not a citizen of the State of Israel, including, persons displaced in 1967 and refugees from 1948 or a family member.” As such, even if Israeli political leaders did somehow decide to cease their regime’s violation of international law as it pertained to Palestinian refugees, they would need the permission of a parliamentary majority to do so.

Through these laws and policies, the Israeli regime has effectively denied displaced Palestinians their “right to leave and to return to their country.” In the process, it has also forced many additional Palestinians to leave Palestine in order to keep their families together.

Palestinian refugees who have managed to secure a foreign passport from a country with friendly relations with Israel may be allowed to visit as temporary tourists. The only other option available to displaced Palestinians has been Israel’s family reunification process, a complicated and disheartening procedure. The ability of Palestinian citizens of Israel to seek reunification with spouses residing in the occupied territory was stopped in 2002 and then banned by the Citizenship and Entry to Israel Act of 2003, which has been renewed every year since. As for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Israel abruptly suspended the family reunification process altogether in 2000, forcing around 120,000 Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to choose between breaking up their family or going into exile. In 2007, Israel issued around four thousand such visas after an active media campaign by those denied the right to live on their land, and since then it has used these permits as one of the many tools at its disposal to reward or punish the Palestinian Authority.

In short, Israel is clearly denying Palestinians their right to return to their country in law, policy and practice, and is doing so with the intent of illegally maintaining both a Jewish demographic majority and exclusive Jewish control over expropriated Palestinian lands. In other words, Israel has denied Palestinians' right to return in order to establish and maintain a regime of domination by one group over another, i.e. the crime of apartheid.

There are real, and instructive, comparisons to be made with South African apartheid as regards refugees. South Africa’s large-scale forced population transfer was mostly carried out within the country. The apartheid regime’s Homeland policy sought to concentrate the indigenous Black South Africans, who accounted for 90 percent of the population, within the Bantustans, non-contiguous strips of land constituting 13 percent of South Africa’s land mass. The regime believed that if all the Blacks were internationally recognized as being citizens of other states (the Homelands) then South African apartheid would appear democratic. Over 2.5 million Black South Africans were thus displaced into the Homelands and prohibited from returning to the white areas that supposedly constituted another country.

Another central feature of South Africa’s apartheid regime was that it denied not the right of return, but the corollary “right to leave one’s country.” Black South Africans were required to obtain an exit visa to leave the country, and applications for these were systematically denied as were applications for travel documents that would enable their carriers to travel. The regime, in many cases rightly, feared that these travelers’ destinations were the training camps of the armed anti-apartheid resistance.

To understand this difference we need to conceptualize apartheid as a means and not an end. The goals of South African and Israeli apartheid, although both committed in the context of settler-colonial projects, are radically different. In the case of South Africa, the apartheid regime’s main purpose was to exploit the black workers in the country’s mines, factories and households. The expulsion of a black person in this context was nonsensical as every black South African that crossed the border represented the loss of a potential exploitable worker. As such, the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa was as much about the right to form effective labor unions, protect workers and reclaim the country’s natural resources for its indigenous inhabitants as it was about the right to vote.

Zionist apartheid in the Palestinian context has been driven by the colonists’ ideological need to clear the land of its indigenous inhabitants and replace them with Jewish settlers. Every Palestinian displaced beyond the borders of the mandate territory of Palestine is thus a success for the apartheid regime, and the successful return of any displaced Palestinian is a threat to the regime in its totality. The policy of forced population transfer, including denial of refugee return, is not simply one aspect of Israeli apartheid; it is the cornerstone of the Israeli colonial-apartheid project as a whole. That is why there can never be an end to Israeli apartheid, let alone a durable peace, without the implementation of the Palestinian refugees’ right to return.

1.Quoted in Benny Morris, Righteous Victims: A History of the Zionist-Arab Conflict 1881-1999 (New York: Knopf, 1999).

fly bird (26)
Saturday November 10, 2018, 6:28 pm
Every American dollar donated to the occupation’s state translates into our suffering as a Palestinian people

- Fareed Taamallah, Palestinian activist

fly bird (26)
Monday November 26, 2018, 4:09 pm
US Must Hold Israel Accountable for Great Return March Massacre.

On Friday, March 30, 30,000 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip began the Great Return March: six weeks of sit-ins and demonstrations to demand their internationally recognized right of return to the villages they were displaced from in 1948, which lie just a few miles away on the other side of Israel’s prison fence.

As they exercise their right to protest, the Israeli military is meeting them with lethal and excessive force. Israeli military snipers, prepositioned with shoot-to-kill orders, are using live fire, expanding bullets, and unknown toxic gases on the demonstrators. As of 10:00 AM on May 14, 2018, Israeli snipers have killed at least 90 Palestinians participating in the Great Return March and injured more than 10,500.

Israel is expecting to act with impunity – again. But you can help hold it accountable for its excessive use of force against Palestinian demonstrators.

Israel is the largest recipient of US military aid, and several US laws require the imposition of sanctions against a government which uses US military aid to commit human rights abuses.

Contact your Members of Congress today and demand an investigation to hold Israel accountable for violating these laws.
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