The headlines this week reeked of déjà vu, reminiscent of previous confrontations and intifadas, as conditions on the ground in Gaza are becoming more and more similar to those that preceded the 2014 war.19:05 05.02.16 | 4 comments
The argument that the Palestinians will suffer from removal of trade barriers to goods from settlements is a tired and ridiculous one. The simple fact is that the settlement enterprise has systematically destroyed the livelihoods and the opportunity for development of the locals. Palestinian agriculture, for example, has been devastated by (1) landgrab; (2) redirection of water supplies away from Palestinian towns and villages; (3) wanton destruction of Palestinian crops, including olive trees. First we destroy people's lives, then we hold out the opportunity to work for us with low wages and no proper work conditions, then we have the chutzpah to claim that we're doing the Palestinians a big favour. No intelligent person here or abroad will be fooled by such arrogant nonsense.