Even the World Bank understands: Palestine is being disappeared

A French diplomat lies on the floor in a Jordan Valley village. Marion Castaing was mistreated when she and a small group of fellow diplomats tried to deliver emergency aid, including tents, to Palestinian farmers whose homes had just been razed. Photo : REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini)

A French diplomat lies on the floor in a Jordan Valley village. Marion Castaing was mistreated when she and a small group of fellow diplomats tried to deliver emergency aid, including tents, to Palestinian farmers whose homes had just been razed.
Photo : REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini)

Two recent images encapsulate the message behind the dry statistics of last week’s report by the World Bank on the state of the Palestinian economy.

The first is a poster from the campaigning group Visualising Palestine that shows a photoshopped image of Central Park, eerily naked. Amid New York’s skyscrapers, the park has been sheared of its trees by bulldozers. A caption reveals that since the occupation began in 1967, Israel has uprooted 800,000 olive trees belonging to Palestinians, enough to fill 33 Central Parks.

The second, a photograph widely published last month in Israel, is of a French diplomat lying on her back in the dirt, staring up at Israeli soldiers surrounding her, their guns pointing down towards her. Marion Castaing had been mistreated when she and a small group of fellow diplomats tried to deliver emergency aid, including tents, to Palestinian farmers whose homes had just been razed.

The demolitions were part of long-running efforts by Israel to clear Palestinians out of the Jordan Valley, the agricultural heartland of a future Palestinian state. Ms Castaing’s defiance resulted in her being quietly packed off back to Europe, as French officials sought to avoid a confrontation with Israel.

The World Bank report is a way of stating discreetly what Castaing and other diplomats hoped to highlight more directly: that Israel is gradually whittling away the foundations on which the Palestinians can build an independent economic life and a viable state.

This report follows a long line of warnings in recent years from international bodies on the dire economic situation facing Palestinians. But, significantly, the World Bank has homed in on the key battleground for an international community still harbouring the forlorn hope that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will end in Palestinian statehood.

The report’s focus is on the nearly two-thirds of the West Bank, known as Area C, that is exclusively under Israeli control and in which Israel has implanted more than 200 settlements to grab Palestinian land and resources.

The World Bank report should be seen as a companion piece to the surprise decision of the European Union in the summer to exclude entities associated with the settlements from EU funding.

Both in turn reflect mounting frustration in European capitals and elsewhere at Israeli intransigence and seeming US impotence. Europeans, in particular, are exasperated at their continuing role effectively subsidising through aid an Israeli occupation with no end in sight.

With Israel and the Palestinians forced back to the negotiating table since July, and after the US secretary of state, John Kerry, warned that this was the “last chance” for a deal, the international community is desperate to exercise whatever small leverage it has on Israel and the US to secure a Palestinian state.

The World Bank’s concern about Area C is justified. This is the location of almost all the resources a Palestinian state will need to exploit: undeveloped land for future construction; arable land and water springs to grow crops; quarries to mine stone and the Dead Sea to extract minerals; and archaeological sites to attract tourism.

With access to these resources, the Palestinian Authority could generate an extra income of $3.4 billion a year, increasing its GDP by a third, reducing a ballooning deficit, cutting unemployment rates that have reached 23 per cent, easing poverty and food insecurity and helping the fledgling state break free of aid dependency. But none of this can be achieved while Israel maintains its chokehold on Area C in violation of the 1993 Oslo accords.

Israel has entrenched its rule in Area C precisely because of its wealth of natural resources. Israel neither wants the Palestinians to gain the assets with which to build a state nor intends to lose the many material benefits it has accrued for itself and the settler population in Area C.

It is its treatment of Area C that gives the lie to Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s claim that he has been pursuing “economic peace” with the Palestinians in lieu of progress on the diplomatic front. Rather, the Palestinian description of Israeli policy as “economic warfare” is much nearer the mark. During the Oslo period, the disparity between Israel’s per capita GDP and that of the Palestinians has doubled, to $30,000. And the World Bank says that the Palestinian economy is rapidly shrinking: the 11 per cent growth that Netanyahu took credit for in 2011 has crashed to 1.9 per cent in the first six months of this year. In the West Bank, GDP has actually contracted, by 0.1 per cent.

Despite its resources, Area C is being starved of Palestinian funds. Investors are averse to dealing with Israeli military authorities who invariably deny them development permits and severely restrict movement. The image of the French diplomat in the dirt is one that symbolises their own likely treatment if they confront Israel in Area C. Palestinian farmers, meanwhile, cannot grow profitable crops with the miserly water rations Israel allots them from their own acquifers.

Aware of the many obstacles to developing Area C, Palestinian officials have simply neglected it, concentrating instead on the densely populated and resource-poor third of the West Bank under their full or partial control.

The hope was that this would change when Kerry announced in the run-up to the renewed talks a plan to encourage private investors to pour in $4 billion to develop the Palestinian economy. But the reality, as the report notes, is that there can be no serious investment in the economic heartland of Area C until Israel’s control ends.

In effect, the World Bank is saying that Kerry’s plan – and the role of the international community’s envoy Tony Blair, the so-called Quatet Representative – is not only misguided, it is positively delusional. The Quartet has been trying to revive the Palestinian economy to usher in the conditions for statehood; the World Bank’s view is that there can be no Palestinian state, let alone economic revival, until Israel is forced out of the territories. The international community has it all back to front.

The idea that a financial lifeline – whether Kerry’s plan or Netanyahu’s economic peace – is going to smooth the path to the conflict’s end is an illusion. Peace, and prosperity, will come only when Palestinians are liberated from Israeli control.

A version of this article first appeared in The National, Abu Dhabi.

About Jonathan Cook

Jonathan Cook won the Martha Gellhorn Special Prize for Journalism. His latest books are “Israel and the Clash of Civilisations: Iraq, Iran and the Plan to Remake the Middle East” (Pluto Press) and “Disappearing Palestine: Israel’s Experiments in Human Despair” (Zed Books). His new website is jonathan-cook.net.
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  1. Hostage says:

    The economic sanctions from the EU are new, but the World Bank has been reporting for years now that the economy of the Occupied Palestinian territories is being managed for the benefit of Israel and its settlers.

  2. K Renner says:

    “The World Bank is anti-Semitic”.

    What’s especially both sad and hilarious is that this accusation has definitely left the mouths of some Israelis and Israel-firsters recently.

    Too bad for them that the accusation of “anti-Semitism” as they see it is essentially meaningless at this point– to the point where people can joke about how much the term is abused by the average “defender”/”advocate” for Israel.

    • seafoid says:

      Anti zionism means pro justice and pro peace. Pro justice is the opposite of antisemitism. If Jews operate an evil system antisemitism is more or less irrelevant to opposition to the system.

  3. It was a commenter in here who earlier referenced this but it is so very essential in understanding what is being done to the Palestinians. This goes beyond the Nakba. This is truly shameful.

    Article 2 of the Convention adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948 defines genocide as

    …any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:

    (a) Killing members of the group;
    (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
    (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
    (d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
    (e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

    — Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, Article 2

  4. Chu says:

    here’s a useful analogous reference:
    Israel is New Jersey
    West Bank is Delaware
    Gaza is Brooklyn

    New Jersey 8729 sq miles
    Israel 8019 sq miles

    Brooklyn 96 sq miles
    Gaza 139sq miles

    Delaware(state) 2491 sq miles
    West Bank 2173 sq miles

    Yet Israel is telling the world they need these remaining
    areas of land for safety and security.

  5. seafoid says:

    It is all political. Palestine is there, will always be. Israel remains an experiment.

  6. fnlevit says:

    Let us look at some facts, shall we?

    GDP per capita in the Palestinian territories rose by 7% per year from 1968-1980 but slowed during the 1980s. Between 1970 and 1991 life expectancy rose from 56 to 66 years, infant mortality per 1,000 fell from 95 to 42, the percentage of households with electricity rose from 30% to 85%, the percentage of households with safe water rose from 15% to 90%, the percentage of households with a refrigerator rose from 11% to 85%, and the percentage of households with a washing machine rose from 23% in 1980 to 61% in 1991.[13]

    Economic conditions in the West Bank and Gaza, where economic activity was governed by the Paris Economic Protocol of April 1994 between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, deteriorated in the early 1990s. Real per capita GDP for the West Bank and Gaza Strip (WBGS) declined 36.1% between 1992 and 1996 owing to the combined effect of falling aggregate incomes and robust population growth. The downturn in economic activity was due to extensive corruption in the newly governing Palestinian Authority, and to Israeli closure policies in response to security incidents in Israel, which disrupted previously established labor and commodity market relationships. The most serious effect was the emergence of chronic unemployment. Average unemployment rates in the 1980s were generally under 5%; by the mid-1990s this level had risen to over 20%.

    For 30 years, Israel permitted thousands of Palestinians to enter the country each day to work in construction, agriculture and other blue-collar jobs. Until the mid-1990s, up to 150,000 people—about a fifth of the Palestinian labor force—entered Israel each day. After Palestinians unleashed a wave of suicide bombings, the idea of separation from the Palestinians took root in Israel. Israel found itself starved for labor, and gradually replaced most of the Palestinians with migrants from Thailand, Romania and elsewhere.[15][16]

    link to en.wikipedia.org

    • fnl, wiki’s source data [15] for the ‘idea of separation’ for the wall is dead. link to en.wikipedia.org

      and [16] leads to Tel Aviv exchange aiming for a bigger league link to ft.com

      just little ways in which wiki skews in favor a zionist perspective. and what’s with the 20 year old world bank report from 93 as a source? what’s your point?

      ps fnl, (and this goes for everyone else of course). i ‘fixed’ your post, meaning i placed the paragraphs of copied text in a blockquote. in the future please do not copy paste verbatim from another source sans either blockquoting or at a minimum using quotemarks, even if you accompany your text w/ the link. at least if you care for it to pass moderation. thank you.

      • seafoid says:

        Wiki on anything zionist is useless. Their parallel universe of alternative narratives, as if truth is ideological, reminds me of the GOP pretending climate change is a liberal conspiracy. I never met a zionist who could get through a conversation on the occupation without resorting to hasbara. I have yet to come across one on here who can do that either.

    • seafoid says:

      Everthing in wiki pertaining to the jewish disneyland was written by bots . Hasbara bullshit in other words.

      • It’s often remarkable how tainted the repositories of ‘common knowledge’ actually are, nu?

        • seafoid says:

          Brzezinski recently said that even if Zionism can count on extremely committed people (who can monitor and edit wiki 24/7 for example) they won’t be able to run an evil policy like apartheid for long. They are way out of their depth.

        • That and the fact that it seems hard to find a good Hasbarist these days. So many of the current crop are just too damned wet behind the ears.

        • MHughes976 says:

          That an evil policy cannot run for long I must say I doubt. That it can’t run for ever I think is true.

        • Citizen says:

          @ seafoid
          Brzezinski doesn’t think so many decades already is a long time? How many generations have been born since Israeli apartheid started? And it’s still going strong, with no major signs of ending, as yet.

        • seafoid says:

          They made a bad move involving the Palestinians in a peace process. They are still using the same memes they did 40 years ago and have no answer to the charge of bad faith. Zionism is built ultimately on lies. Maybe they’ll get another 20 years.

        • seafoid says:

          They have sustained a lot of diplomatic damage. They will not get the iran war. American jews are beginning to ask questions. Europe is turning away.Israeli society is coarsening. The orthodox will eventually take over. The trends all point to isolation .

        • Walid says:

          “The orthodox will eventually take over. The trends all point to isolation.”

          Does it mean that they too will have an ayatollah leading the country and do the orthodox have a Jewish version of Sharia Law?

        • Walid says:

          “… And it’s still going strong, with no major signs of ending, as yet.” (Citizen)

          Not surprising; other than Iran that for some reason or other has adopted the orphaned Palestinian cause, name one country that truly, honestly and sincerely would want to see the birth of a Palestinian state.

        • Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon.

        • Orthodox are of course breeding much more rapidly. But I doubt they will be able to take control of Israel.

        • European diplomats see in general the need for more pressure on Israel to get out of the West Bank.

      • Walid says:

        “the jewish disneyland ”

        I chuckle every time I see that.

    • eljay says:

      The perfesser’s facts omit the fact that the oppressive, colonialist, expansionist and supremacist “Jewish State”:
      - remains engaged in a 60+ years, ON-GOING and offensive (i.e., not defensive) campaign of aggression, oppression, theft, colonization, destruction, torture and murder;
      - refuses to honour its obligations under international law;
      - refuses to be held accountable for its past and on-going (war) crimes; and
      - refuses to enter into sincere negotiations for a just and mutually-beneficial peace.

      As long as the rapist lets his victim wash up and put on a nice dress whenever she doesn’t retaliate against his physical and sexual assaults, the perfesser accepts the rapist’s “right” to keep her chained up in his bunker.

    • Shingo says:

      For 30 years, Israel permitted thousands of Palestinians to enter the country each day to work in construction, agriculture and other blue-collar jobs. Until the mid-1990s, up to 150,000 people—about a fifth of the Palestinian labor force—entered Israel each day. After Palestinians unleashed a wave of suicide bombings, the idea of separation from the Palestinians took root in Israel. Israel found itself starved for labor, and gradually replaced most of the Palestinians with migrants from Thailand, Romania and elsewhere.[15][16]

      First of all, Israel destroys Palestine’s economy and claims credit for fiving jobs to Palestinians and making them entirely dependent on Israel economically.

      The the Wiki link leaves out that Israel implemented the closure long before the suicide attacks began, meaning Palestinians were already gacing economic hardship.

  7. Ludwig says:

    I think those in favor of a two state solution have to be realistic. Israel will Annex the entire of area C, as well as Jerusalem and Golan, along with Hebron. It will be part of Israel in any final agreement.

    • Shingo says:

      Israel will Annex the entire of area C, as well as Jerusalem and Golan, along with Hebron. It will be part of Israel in any final agreement.

      How do you know it will be part of Israel in any final agreement when there has been no agreement?

    • amigo says:

      “I think those in favor of a two state solution have to be realistic. Israel will Annex the entire of area C, as well as Jerusalem and Golan, along with Hebron. It will be part of Israel in any final agreement.”ludwig

      Ludwig,your agreement sounds more like a dictum.

      Besides , why would Palestinians agree to committing national suicide agreeing to such a farce when time is on their side and they can wait out the end of the zionist nightmare.

      • Yes, it would be absurd for Palestine to agree to Israeli annexation of Area C. No matter how badly Aipac stooges in US Congress might like to see Area C as part of Israel.

    • amigo says:

      “Israel will Annex the entire of area C, as well as Jerusalem and Golan, along with Hebron. “ludwig

      Did you intend to ask the Syrians to get involved in this scheme of yours.

      • Walid says:

        “Did you intend to ask the Syrians to get involved in this scheme of yours.”

        amigo, one of the reasons behind the current uprising in Syria to overthrow the regime there is to put the prospect of restituting the Golan 6 feet under (with a little help from Arab friends). The Golan is the source of 25% of Israel’s water.

    • Walid says:

      “Israel will Annex the entire of area C, as well as Jerusalem and Golan, along with Hebron.”

      Jerusalem was annexed by a quickie 3 readings in the Knesset in June 67.
      Nobody recognized this annexation.

      The Golan was annexed also by a quickie 3 readings in December 1981.
      Only the great Federated States of Micronesia recognized the illegal annexation.

    • Talkback says:

      Ludwig: “I think those in favor of a two state solution have to be realistic. Israel will Annex the entire of area C, as well as Jerusalem and Golan, along with Hebron. It will be part of Israel in any final agreement.”

      Sounds like appeasement policy to me. Some had to be “realistic” about Moravia and Bohemia not long ago. It was also part of a conquerer’s final agreement.

    • Woody Tanaka says:

      Well, Earwig, then I guess it’s on to the 1ss, then. One state, one person, one vote.

  8. Indeed, Israel is trying to “whittle away” at Palestine, relentlessly and foolishly.

  9. Kathleen says:

    And now the World Bank is telling Israel and the world this is the “last chance” for them to do the right thing before as many believe the one state solution is now the only solution becomes cemented in everyone’s minds and actions.

    There is some twisted psychology going on when we refer to internationally recognized Palestinian land in the West Bank that has been stolen from by the Israeli government as “area C.” Almost two thirds of the West Bank.

    During Netanyahu’s interview with Charlie Rose he kept rudely interrupting Charlie as he brought up the illegal settlements being a serious problem. Netanyahu was a total jerk in that interview. Total

    • @Kathllen – - Let’s thank Charlie Rose for drawing attention to the illegal colonies of Jews in the West Bank, that Netanyahu wants to continue to grow – - year after year after year.

  10. just says:

    So, did Israel ever apologize to Marion Castaing or any of the other diplomats?

    Of course not. Another despicable act goes unpunished — again.

  11. Obsidian says:

    Maybe the World Bank can locate the one billion dollars of aid money disappeared by the PA.

    link to algemeiner.com

    • Cliff says:

      Algemeiner – a worthless Zio propaganda website.

    • @Obsidian, correction: Billions of dollars (2 billions Euro, at least):
      link to algemeiner.com
      link to ynetnews.com

      • Shingo says:

        correction: Billions of dollars (2 billions Euro, at least):

        No, the figure is 1 billion.

        It’s good to see you making the effort to provide links. The second step it to read them before posting.

        In the mean time, the IDF is in the red by 20 billion.

        • @shingo: I agree with you that we have to read the provided links and I recommend you to do so. The second step is to respond to their contents, if it interest you.

        • Shingo says:

          The second step is to respond to their contents, if it interest you.

          I was doing that before you even knew this blog existed. Stop trolling and wasting everyone’s time. No one is buying your pious BS or your lame efforts to pretend your are interested in debate.

          You are here for one thing only, to deflect criticism and feign ignorance. On more than one occasion, you vowed to go away and stop trolling here. It’s time you made good on your offer.

      • Hostage says:

        @Obsidian, correction: Billion of dollars (2 billions Euro, at least)

        Correction: The report cites the total amount of aid from the EU for several years and then repeats heresay from the Sunday Times about a report which still hasn’t been published. In any event, it simply suggests that management mechanisms aren’t in use that could help prevent corruption, not that all the aid has disappeared.

        • @Hostage: correction: Billion of dollars (2 billions Euro, at least).

          The Sunday Times:
          link to thesundaytimes.co.uk

          The Muslim Issue:

          The ~2.0 billion Euro aid was given to the PA directly, not through Israel, to help refugee camps and for infrastructure constructions, not for leader pockets. It is not the first time and there are other old reports about corruption (Fassad) in the PA.

          Amor sceleratus habendi!!!

        • eljay says:

          >> The Muslim Issue:

          The article sheds dirty light on MY1′s frame of mind:

          … the made-up Palestinian people … who originate not from Palestine but from Egypt and Saudi Arabia to commit terrorism. … to commit genocide of the Jewish people.
          . . .
          The funds have of course gone to buy weapons to kill people. Not only Jewish people, but to kill their own women and children, to fund drug, prostitution and gun cartels, to fund their propaganda machine, to perpetrate their wars and hatred.

          Don’t feel pity for “Palestinians”! They are not to be pitied anymore than al-Qaeda, or the vermin who beheaded British solider Lee Rigby in broad daylight, or the scum who blew up the train in Madrid, who committed 9/11, or who committed 7/7. They are all branches from the same tree.

        • Hostage says:

          @Hostage: correction: Billion of dollars (2 billions Euro, at least).

          I’ve already pointed out your error. That figure is the total aid sent to the PA since 2008. The auditors report doesn’t say that it went missing and neither did the Sunday Times, but it milked the story for all it was worth by suggesting that it “may have been misspent, squandered or lost to corruption” due to the “lack of measures to mitigate “high-level” risks”.

          Everyone already knows that much of the PA’s discretionary funding was diverted to pay salaries in the public sector due to the failure of donor countries to deliver promised aid. Many countries tried to sanction the PA for obtaining observer state status in the UN or for refusing to negotiate with Israel over the issue of the settlements.

        • Shingo says:

          @Hostage: correction: Billion of dollars (2 billions Euro, at least).

          You are seriously making us wonder if you are simply illiterate. suffer from a astigmatism My1 or still don’t read your own links.

          The first line reads:

          ghe

          “BILLIONS of euros in European aid to the Palestinians may have been misspent, squandered or lost to corruption, according to a damning report by the European Court of Auditors, the Luxembourg-based watchdog.

          What do you not understand about the word “may”?

          You seem to be going out to your way to making more of a fool of yourself than you already have.

        • Shingo says:

          Hey MY1,

          The IDF is in debt to the tune of 20 billion. Doesn’t that make the IDF at least 10 times as corrupt?
          link to jpost.com

          It appears that apartheid and racism is a very expensive business and may bankrupt Israel

        • @Shingo: Again, your comments only strengthen my claim that you are always run from the main issue. The issue here is CORRUPTION, not the exact amount or smashing sentences. It is easy to accuse Israel, but all the billions of Euro that were given directly to PA went wrong way, with or without your “may”, instead to the refugee camps and infrastructure constructions.

        • just says:

          Of course you understand “corruption”– it’s essential to Zionism.

          I’m sure you also understand the vicious Occupation of the indigenous people of Palestine.

        • Hey Shingo:

          “The IDF is in debt to the tune of 20 billion. Doesn’t that make the IDF at least 10 times as corrupt?”

          OK, the IDF is 1000 times as corrupt – How does it helps the Palestinian refugees that “lost” their aid from the EU given directly to the PA?

        • Hostage says:

          @Shingo: Again, your comments only strengthen my claim that you are always run from the main issue.

          No, you keep trying to falsely report that 100 percent of the aid from the EU for the last 4 years went missing, based upon conclusions from an unpublished report that doesn’t say that. The auditors only claimed there weren’t any management controls to ensure the money wasn’t used for other legitmate or corrupt purposes. That’s a separate issue. Frankly the State of Israel is openly conspiring to circumvent the new EU management controls to prevent grants or loans for organizations doing business in the settlements. So what’s your point?

        • just says:

          Uh, what about this:

          “Under interim peace deals, Israel collects some $100 million a month in duties on behalf of the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the occupied West Bank — money that is badly needed to pay public sector salaries.

          “The Palestinians can forget about getting even one cent in the coming four months, and in four months’ time we will decide how to proceed,” Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said in a speech on Tuesday night.”

          link to reuters.com

          Such incorrupt mensches, eh?

        • Shingo says:

          The issue here is CORRUPTION, not the exact amount or smashing sentences. It

          In which case, I look forward to hearing your comments about the fact that Israel ranks among the most corrupt in the OECD.
          link to ynetnews.com

        • @Shingo: The current post is about the Palestinian economy. My point is that massive corruption is one of the reasons of shrinking Palestinian economy (although not the main reason). The fact that Israel is “ranks among the most corrupt in the OECD” is other issue and I would discuss on it when this will be the post’s subject.

        • mahane, please do not link to blatantly islamophobic websites here.

        • @Annie: OK, I linked it because the information about the amount of EU aid, not for the rest of its content. Sorry.

        • is other issue and I would discuss on it when this will be the post’s subject.

          so i guess this means you won’t be participating in any diversionary postings from here on out. btw, as i recall the main reason hamas was elected in both gaza and the WB was a widespread perception the pa was corrupt. and wasn’t USAID spent on building the apartheid roads crisscrossing all across the WB?

          speaking of on topic what do you think of :

          Israel has uprooted 800,000 olive trees belonging to Palestinians, enough to fill 33 Central Parks.

          ?

        • it was clearly a virulently racist opinion piece based off info it got from that link at the base which said “source” leading here: link to middleeastmonitor.com
          iow, the info was available elsewhere and provided w/easy access. either way, if your only source is an islamophobic site, do not post.

        • Shingo says:

          My point is that massive corruption is one of the reasons of shrinking Palestinian economy (although not the main reason).

          In which case you are still wrong. If corruption had anything to do with shrinking Palestine’s economy, it would have been shrinking consistently which they were receiving EU aid. There have been times when it was reported the economy was up too.

          The corruption – and you’re insistence that it is massive is your invention BTW – pertains to aid from the EU, not the economy itself. There is no evidence you have cited that the economy has been affected by corruption.

          In fact, the Palestinians are entirely dependent on aid, so there is no real economy to speak of.

          If the economy had not been destroyed by Israel as reported by the World Bank, there would be no need for the aid.

          The main reason, without question, is the occupation.

        • RoHa says:

          “Amor sceleratus habendi!!!”

          Hooray! The Latin speaking potato seller is back!

        • @RoHa: for you, with love:

          “O, si tacuisses, philosophus mansisses!!!

    • Shingo says:

      Maybe the World Bank can locate the one billion dollars of aid money disappeared by the PA.

      Just get Israel to hand over the proceeds of sales fo stolen land. That will more than cover it.

  12. Obsidian says:

    “Marion Castaing had been mistreated when she and a small group of fellow diplomats tried to deliver emergency aid..”

    Israel’s concern wasn’t with delivering aid to the evicted Palestinians. Israel was concerned that the supplies and tents would be used to immediately reconstruct dwellings on the site where they’d just done their demolition (pursuant to Israeli Supreme Court order).

    • amigo says:

      “Israel’s concern wasn’t with delivering aid to the evicted Palestinians. Israel was concerned that the supplies and tents would be used to immediately reconstruct dwellings on the site where they’d just done their demolition (pursuant to Israeli Supreme Court order).”obsidious.

      Will you be calling for the demolition of illegal outposts as ruled by your supreme Court.

      Interested in the rulings of the Supreme court , are you.

      How about this one:::: Beit Zourik v Israel.The IHCJ ruled that The West Bank is held under “Belligerent Occupation”.

      Even a dunderhead such as yourself knows Israeli Law has no legal credence outside of Israel on territory it Occupies.

      Get a grip on yourself obsidious.You are just a source of laughter here.

      • Obsidian says:

        “Will you be calling for the demolition of illegal outposts as ruled by your supreme Court.”

        Yes.

        “Belligerent Occupation”

        Agreed.

        “Even a dunderhead such as yourself knows Israeli Law has no legal credence outside of Israel on territory it Occupies.”

        I own a copy of Justice Kretzmer’s, “The Occupation of Justice”.
        link to amazon.com

        Do you?

        “Get a grip on yourself”

        Release the grip on yourself.

    • Hostage says:

      Israel’s concern wasn’t with delivering aid to the evicted Palestinians. Israel was concerned that the supplies and tents would be used to immediately reconstruct dwellings on the site where they’d just done their demolition (pursuant to Israeli Supreme Court order).

      The government of Israel has repeatedly claimed that the Occupied Palestinian territory, including the Jordan Valley, is NOT part of its sovereign territory or jurisdiction, e.g. See CCPR/C/ISR/2001/2, para 8 or E/1990/6/Add.32, para 6-7

      Both the Hague and Geneva Conventions prohibit an occupying power from applying its municipal laws to an occupied territory or destroying family homes and private property. Why should our diplomats and relief agencies in Palestine respect the rulings of a bunch of war criminals on the Israeli Supreme Court?

      • Ludwig says:

        Israel is not an occupying power under international law

        • Shmuel says:

          Israel is not an occupying power under international law

          Then president of the Israeli Supreme Court, Aharon Barak, in a High Court of Justice ruling from 2005 (Alfei Menashe):

          The Judea and Samaria areas are held by the State of Israel in belligerent occupation. The long arm of the state in the area is the military commander. He is not the sovereign in the territory held in belligerent occupation… His power is granted him by public international law regarding belligerent occupation. The legal meaning of this view is twofold: first, Israeli law does not apply in these areas. They have not been “annexed” to Israel. Second, the legal regime which applies in these areas is determined by public international law regarding belligerent occupation (see HCJ 1661/05). In the center of this public international law stand the Regulations Concerning the Laws and Customs of War on Land, The Hague, 18 October 1907… These regulations are a reflection of customary international law. The law of belligerent occupation is also laid out in IV Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War 1949… The State of Israel has declared that it practices the humanitarian parts of this convention… We are aware that the Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice determined that The Fourth Geneva Convention applies in the Judea and Samaria area, and that its application is not conditional upon the willingness of the State of Israel to uphold its provisions.

        • Shingo says:

          Israel is not an occupying power under international law

          Just out of curiosity Ludwig,

          Did you post that absurd comment just to get attention or because you like getting smacked?

        • Hostage says:

          Israel is not an occupying power under international law.

          That’s correct insofar as Israel has never fulfilled its obligations by enacting the required enabling legislation to make the Genva Conventions domestic law and repeal conflicting statutes regarding the Golan, Jerusalem, Palestinian prisoners, and the settlements. But it is axiomatic that a country can’t excuse violations of international law by relying on its own legislation.

        • Ludwig says:
          October 18, 2013 at 5:20 pm

          “Israel is not an occupying power under international law”

          …and every Palestinian is an Israeli national and every Palestinian is a Jew – and has been all along.

  13. @Annie: Thank you very much!!!