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Since Gaza is a completely closed society ruled by an occupying army few of us, perhaps none of us really understand what daily life is actually like there. It's difficult to place ourselves in the shoes of Gaza's Palestinian population because almost all of the news from that part of the world is censored by the Israeli's. It's almost impossible to get in to Gaza and once in it's virtually impossible to get out. Here are some pictures, taken by the Israeli Police, that depict what daily life is really like in Gaza. It is a sad existence to be sure.


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Comment by Jeff on March 21, 2010 at 6:15pm
We might not have killed 1.5 million Iraqi's with sanctions and another 1 million with war either. It's all very frightening.
Comment by Nikki on March 21, 2010 at 6:01pm
So true. If there were no religion, Israel would not have been created in Palestine in the first place. And there would be no religious claims on land or religious justification for violence. But sadly this irrationality exists and these people are treated as sub-human.
Comment by Jeff on March 21, 2010 at 5:27pm
Perhaps not Nikki, which is why Atheism is so attractive to me. If there is a God he could care less what religion we follow. None of them have a monopoly on good behavior.
Comment by Nikki on March 21, 2010 at 5:16pm
If there was no such thing as religion, would this fighting still exist?
Comment by Jeff on March 20, 2010 at 8:00pm
What would YOU DO if your child needed simple knee surgery to walk and the surgery couldn't be performed because anesthetics, medical equipment and equipment repair parts and even x-ray film needed to perform the surgery were simply unavailable. Would you, because you had no army, no military, no navy, shoot silly rockets and throw stones?

I suspect you would eventually be reduced to that.
Comment by Jeff on March 20, 2010 at 7:58pm
I disagree, yes, but with the evidence to support my opinion because I've studied and continue to study the economics and politics of all countries.

Gaza has been systematically destroyed by Israel who controls every aspect of the economics of Gaza from taxes to commerce, it's all controlled by Israel. Taxes go to the Israeli authorities before being distributed, aid goes to Israel to then be distributed and Israel controls what commerce and what commodities are allowed to enter Gaza. Your position does not contain factual evidence to support your conclusion. These people are struggling against a regime that maintains total control. School books, pencils, crayons and even shoes are not allowed to enter Gaza. Building materials, pasta and cooking oil are not allowed to enter Gaza. Fuel and water are allowed to enter incrementally.

The smuggling business into the strip is specifically because Gaza is a closed society and that closure is under total Israeli control. Of course there's a struggle to control the smuggling business. There wouldn't even be a smuggling business if Israel weren't controlling the borders like the Nazi's they are.
Comment by Steve Lee on March 20, 2010 at 7:24pm

I know that you are sympathetic to the Hamas protesters because it appears that they are downtrodden, but they had a violent conflict with the PLO for several years before they won the election in the strip.

Meanwhile, the West Bank has made steady economic progress, so it appears that a lot of their problems are caused by their constant confrontations with the police.

I have seen these guys blocking the streets for their demonstrations here in our country, the different-colored headresses they wear show which family clan they belong to. When they are not fighting the police, they fight each other for control of the smuggling business into the strip.
Comment by Jeff on March 20, 2010 at 3:23pm
Imagine that, being a child there?
Comment by Jeff on March 20, 2010 at 3:22pm
It is definitely happening incrementally. And these pictures are from March 16th, 2010, just a few days ago and that's daily life in Gaza today.
Comment by Tara on March 20, 2010 at 11:20am
I can't even imagine living under those kind of conditions on a daily basis. If we as US citizens keep footing the bill that allows these atrocities to keep being commited in our name, what will eventually happen is that which we funded and turned a blind eye to will be later put upon us too. It's already happening incrementally.


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