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    • David James Vickery
    • 07.11.05 | 01:09 (IST)

    Palestinians did not choose this situation, Delta, and they really know their history. They hate the occupation because of what it has done to their lives, not because the Israelis are Jews. I know that from talking to many people. Prior to end of Sept. 2000 there were many business alliances between Israelis and Palestinians. They miss each other. The first intifada was mostly non-violent protest, a detail nobody seems to acknowledge these days. Years of disappointment, numerous "roadmaps" have all failed miserably, all the while "facts on the ground continue to built". Oslo was a big deal and Palestinians really believed something had changed. Arafat came and they had a "president". We all know what that led to. I think it will take real tangible changes like jobs, freedom of movement, jobs, improved transportation and a decent road system, jobs, access to world markets for their goods (they are highly-skilled in many areas of small manufacturing). They are more computer savvy than most people here in Canada. All Palestinians everywhere need to see Gaza really free and functioning. Goods, people, and money flowing in and out. Lives getting better. That's when Hamas and the others will lose their appeal and raison d'etre. But the "terrorist" organizations cannot be stifled until many other things occur. And also, Palestinians do not want to see any more guys in fancy clothes pretending to be their "government", while they have no dignity and no hope.

    from the article: Demons in the skies of the Gaza Strip
    First published 00:00 06.11.05 | Last updated 00:00 06.11.05
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