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UN says Gaza unemployment rate at 45%
Published Thursday 10/02/2011 (updated) 22/02/2011 12:07
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GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- The unemployment rate in Gaza has continued to climb in 2011, reaching 45.4%, UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness told reporters in Gaza City on Wednesday.

At a news conference for the UN Relief and Works Agency, Gunness warned that the increasing unemployment was a sign of a hugely fragile Gaza economy, which he described as on the "brink of collapse."

Israel's continued siege on the coastal enclave, Gunness warned, would push the economy over the edge.

Since Israel announced its "ease" on restrictions, during the second quarter of 2010, unemployment in Gaza rose from 44.3 percent to 45.4 percent, UN numbers showed.

Such high unemployment, the official said, meant "people have less money in their pockets and more despair," adding a caution, that despair in Gaza would give no boost to a peace process when it got back on track.

For those employed the outlook was no less grim, Gunness said, with salaries dropping by 9.5 percent from mid 2009 to mid 2010.

"We will be facing a real problem," he said.

UNRWA, the UN organization charged with taking care of the Palestinian refugees in the Near East, has repeatedly warned of the dangerous humanitarian situation in Gaza. With a population of over 70 percent refugees, the agency is often the only means of support for people in the besieged coastal enclave.

Officials from the organization have criticized the blockade of Gaza, and called on Israel to allow manufacturing and reconstruction materials into the area.

In June, Israeli officials vowed to loosen the blockade, and began increasing the type and amount of goods for import. The changes stopped there, however, with UN offices complaining of wheat, animal food and construction material shortages, which have halted the operation of farms, bakeries and reconstruction projects.

The increased number and variety of foods on Gaza market shelves, officials say, makes little difference to families who cannot afford to buy them.
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1 ) Robert Haymond / Israel/Canada
10/02/2011 12:40
Has UNRHA criticized the constant attack of Hamas and Islamic Jihad on Israeli citizens in the south of our country or the imprisonment of our soldier, Gilad Schalit, without access to the equivalent of the Red Cross, a lawyer and visitation from family members, rights given to all prisoners including Arab Muslim prisoners in Israeli institutions? I think we all know the correct answers here: "No."

2 ) Carol Scheller / Switzerland
10/02/2011 16:20
That's UNRWA, established in 1949 to provide "assistance, protection and advocacy" for Palestinian refugees temporarily unable to return to their homes in Israel. There are now three generations of Palestinian refugees living in often destitute situations in camps in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine. They number some 1,4 million. As Mr Haymond points out, UNRWA's mandate and function is humanitatrian, not political, and it has its hands full (http://www.unrwa.org/).

3 ) Abe / Canada
11/02/2011 00:12
In response to Robert Haymond... the criticism from the UN is proportional to the actions perpetrated by either side in the conflict. For instance, 1 Israeli is being held prisoner by Palestinians, while about 5,935 Palestinians are currently imprisoned by Israel. Also during Fiscal Year 2009, the U.S. is providing Israel with at least $8.2 million per day in military aid and $0 in military aid to the Palestinians. Israel has been targeted by at least 65 UN resolutions... Palestinians none.

4 ) Abe / Canada
11/02/2011 00:31
Also, in response to Robert Haymond, it's important to look at all the facts. For instance, 0 Israeli homes have been demolished by Palestinians and 24,813 Palestinian homes have been demolished by Israel since 1967. Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 prohibits the transfer of parts of a state's population into territory it occupies. This prohibition was adopted precisely to prohibit the colonization of occupied territories. The problem? Israel is violating International law.

5 ) Paul / Canada
11/02/2011 00:58
Robert, in case your head's been stuck in the sand for the past 5 years, a blockade is an act of war. Didn't Israel use that as a pretext to attack Egypt in 1967?

Since when is it not acceptable to fight against a siege, against a blockade.

You Zionists are hillarious.

6 ) TheDemiprist / USA
11/02/2011 07:56
"Shalit freedom is of no consequences; in fact its captivity is much more profitable for the Zionist Deep Pockets’ Oligarchy." http://www.roytov.com/articles/shalit.htm The Goldstone report has provided equal condemnation between all factions between Gaza and Israel, the same can't be said of Israel's constant whitewashing attempts to claim innocence for it's misbehavior as the occupying entity.

7 ) Moll / SA
17/02/2011 02:10
To Abe of Canada: Citizens of a State generally speaking, live under the Rule of Law. Nonstate tribal arabs, claiming squatter's rights in judea, samaria & gaza, are generally speaking, without the "rule of law". These nonstate tribal arabs have no justice system other than at the end of a weapon; they have no formal legal identity (i.e. birth certificates issued by what country? passports issued by what country? $$ issued by what country?). They cannot deliver on any promises they make.
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