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    Israel: helpfully keeping Gaza poor


    by Sunny on 20th January, 2009 at 2:16 am    

    There’s an interesting article on Salon on how much oil the US gives to Israel every year. This bit on page three caught my eye:

    As Peter Huber and Mark Mills point out in their 2005 book, “The Bottomless Well,” “Economic growth marches hand in hand with increased consumption of electricity — always, everywhere, without significant exception in the annals of modern industrial history.”

    In late June 2006, Israeli aircraft fired nine missiles at the transformers at the Gaza City Power Plant, the only electric power plant in the Occupied Territories. (One of the original partners in the project was Enron, but that’s another story.) The missiles caused damage estimated at $15 million to $20 million and, for a time, made Gaza wholly reliant on electricity flows from Israel.

    Thus the U.S. was providing fuel and materiel to the Israeli military, which destroyed the plant, but it was also paying to fix the damage. Call it cradle-to-grave service. The Israeli attack on the Gaza City Power Plant offers a stark example of how the FMS fuel helps assure that Israel stays energy rich while many of the citizens in neighboring regions live in energy poverty.

    Two weeks after the attack on the Gaza City plant in 2006, during Israel’s monthlong war against Hezbollah forces in Lebanon, Israeli aircraft attacked the 346-megawatt Jiyyeh power plant, the oldest electric power plant in Lebanon. Those attacks resulted in the largest-ever oil spill in the eastern Mediterranean. About 100,000 barrels of fuel oil that was stored in tanks at the Jiyyeh site flowed into the sea, creating an oil slick that stretched for more than 150 kilometers.

    Apparently, the Israeli government also care for Palestinians.. as long as they remain poor and destitute.



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    1. persephone — on 20th January, 2009 at 10:06 am  

      “Those attacks resulted in the largest-ever oil spill in the eastern Mediterranean. About 100,000 barrels of fuel oil that was stored in tanks at the Jiyyeh site flowed into the sea, creating an oil slick that stretched for more than 150 kilometers.”

      If not already, there should be an international environmental law to prevent countries (even in a war) targeting places that would have a major detrimental impact upon the environment. Companies get fined & leaders imprisoned under H&S, waste dumping, not managing harmful spillage so why not countries?

      Such countries should be forced to do a clean up operation in the aftermath.

    2. bananabrain — on 20th January, 2009 at 10:25 am  

      “Those attacks resulted in the largest-ever oil spill in the eastern Mediterranean. About 100,000 barrels of fuel oil that was stored in tanks at the Jiyyeh site flowed into the sea, creating an oil slick that stretched for more than 150 kilometers.”

      it may have escaped your notice, but israel’s coastline is right next to gaza’s. i think they might actually have noticed that it would affect them.

      Israel would never tolerate a prosperous, thriving AND DEMOCRATIC Palestine as a neighbour. I think I would die of shame if I was an Israeli.

      that shows how much you know, doesn’t it? israel would like nothing more than precisely that, as you would know if you could bring yourself to see them as human beings like yourself. unfortunately what they have got is precisely the opposite, albeit i find it hard to understand how they think their current policies would help turn things to the right direction. i don’t even understand why i’m bothering to point this out to someone so obviously ignorant of the basics of israeli society.

      it is interesting how you immediately bring up religious law, isn’t it? you’re determined to blur the distinction between israelis and jews. no wonder jews are being attacked in the streets, synagogues are being firebombed and primary school children are being taught how to lie on the floor.

      this weekend a highly visible (intentionally so?) intimidation campaign was under way, with white vans with stolen numberplates photographing synagogues during the Sabbath services. no doubt, as one of the other trolls hereabouts put it, it is our fault for “segregating” ourselves. perhaps you think we should have mixed-faith religious buildings, too? or is that just the excuse you need?

      b’shalom

      bananabrain

    3. cjcjc — on 20th January, 2009 at 11:30 am  

      Isn’t economic growth in the West Bank in fact doing rather well?

      Didn’t Hamas destroy the businesses in Gaza which the removed Israeli settlers left (intact) behind?

    4. sonia — on 20th January, 2009 at 2:22 pm  

      Who still wants to live in Gaza if they can go somewhere else?

      Given all the support that’s been shown for the Gazans in the last couple of weeks - i suggest they be offered somewhere else to go. Yes there’s a lot of them but then there are a lot of muslim countries who are allegedly interested in helping these people.

      of course the problem goes back to the eternal one - its easy to feign sympathy for people to have their #’ancestral, rightful land’ when its somewhere else. most people would be thinking like the israelis when it comes to their own land, jobs, passports, what have you. (well maybe not ‘most’ but the mainstream anyway, that’s what keeps nation-state borders up eh?! ) i mean that’s what we’ve seen for centuries isn’t it - the strong conquer and then decide who they let in. Anyhow, let’s end this problem by offering the Palestinians - a life, a passport and opportunities somewhere else.

      There is absolutely no point in trying to stay in Gaza. ancestral claims be damned - its a bit of god-awful desert, let’s give them somewhere else to go!

      frankly if there is anything to learn from this mess its : f**k your ancestors, f**k nation-states because they are designed to do what Israel does. and everyone wants to be a nation-state so that they too can be top-dog and oppress someone else.

    5. hermes — on 20th January, 2009 at 3:26 pm  

      Sunny,

      Your censorship here is becoming more and more bewildering. Really difficult to understand how you can express any strong opinion, or even satire, without being deleted.



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