Aid alone won't help the desperate Palestinians

Published on 24 August 2011

A UN reports links all of the Palestinian economy's dire problems to the Israeli occupation and associated constraints. Aid from the EU and others is merely a sop for political failure. (..) An idea of the desperation facing the Palestinians is given by a 2010 survey conducted by the World Food Programme, the Food and Agriculture Organisation and the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, which says: "Palestinian people have used various strategies to cope with poverty and food insecurity under prolonged Israeli occupation. (..) The top three coping strategies used are deferring payment of utility bills, lowering the quality and quantity of food intake, and borrowing."

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