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Gaza Crisis: A Cooperative Way Forward

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 15:44
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Both the humanitarian and political situations in the Gaza Strip has again reached a crisis point. Finding a Cooperative Way Forward With the Gaza Crisis by Rene Wadlow, President, Association of World CitizensThe shooting of Palestinian protesters by the Israeli military on 14 May 2018 on the frontier between the Gaza Strip and Israel has increased persistent tensions to a crisis level. The veto by the United States of a resolution within the United Nations Security Council to create an independent investigation of the situation prevents a clearer presentation of the situation. The protests had a double theme: a short-term and a longer-term focus. The short-term focus was on the need for an immediate improvement of social and economic life by lifting the blockage of goods imposed on the Gaza Strip by Israel and Egypt. The long-lasting embargo has crippled, and in some cases destroyed, the manufacturing and agricultural sectors in the Gaza Strip. The economic and social situation in Gaza distorts the lives of many with high unemployment, poor health facilities, and a lack of basic supplies. “Men take great decisions only when crisis stares them in the face.” Jean Monet, one of the fathers of the European Comment Marke The longer-range issue is the right of return which gave the protest its name: The Great Return March. The issue concerns the claim of Palestinians to land and homes that they left at the time of the creation of the State of Israel due to the armed conflict which followed quickly after the proclamation of the State of Israel. The possibilities of financial compensation, of the return of a number of Palestinians, of financial compensation to Jews who left Arab countries at the same time are all issues that will be raised when there are serious negotiations between the Israeli…

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