Skip to comments.'Food insecurity' rampant in West Bank, Gaza [Boo Freakin Hoo]
Posted on 02/22/2007 3:46:12 AM PST by Alouette
The Independent quotes UN report as saying that some action taken by Palestinian families to continue to feed themselves amid economic siege on Hamas-led government- including sale of land, jewelry and other assets - will have an irreversible impact on livelihoods
Ynetnews Published: 02.22.07, 10:02 / Israel News
Around 46 percent of Gaza and West Bank households are "food insecure" or in danger of becoming so, The Independent quoted a UN report as saying.
According to The Independent, the unpublished draft report on the impact of the global boycott of the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority says the problem "is primarily a function of restricted economic access to food resulting from ongoing political conditions."
The Independent said the report paints a bleak picture of the impact on food consumption and expenditure throughout the occupied Palestinian territories. The situation is "more grim" in Gaza where four out of five families have reduced their spending - including on food - in the first quarter of last year alone, the report said.
The report, according to the British newspapers online edition, acknowledges that "traditionally strong ties" among Palestinian families tend to reduce the possibility of "acute household hunger".
However, the report warns that against a background of decreasing food security since the beginning of the Intifada since 2000 and the loss of PA salaries because of the boycott there are now "growing concerns about the sustainability of Palestinians' resilience," The Independent said.
'Slow but steady growth in actual malnutrition'
The UN report says 34 percent of households - with income below $1.68 per day and/or showing decreasing food expenditures - are "food insecure," said The Independent. The UNs World Food Program officially defines "food security" as "the ability of a household to produce and/or access at all times the minimum food needed for a healthy and active life."
According to The Independent, the report points out that some action taken by families to continue to feed themselves - including the sale of land, jewelry and other assets" - will have an "irreversible impact on livelihoods."
It also points out that limitations to PA budget support, the private sector and job programs because of the boycott are likely to exacerbate Palestinians' dependency on humanitarian assistance and postpone sustainable improvement," the article said.
The report details dietary changes by many to ensure enough to eat, including reductions in consumption of fruits, sweets, olive oil, and - normally a staple in Gaza fish, adding that for other families - including "new poor" suffering from loss of PA incomes - there has been a "decrease in the quality of and/or quantity of food consumed."
The UN report comes against a background in which a 2004 survey of Palestinian households showed a "slow but steady" growth in actual malnutrition - as measured by reduced growth, vitamin deficiencies, anemia and other indicators - among a minority of the population, The Independent said.
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"The report details dietary changes by many to ensure enough to eat, including reductions in consumption of fruits, sweets, olive oil, and - normally a staple in Gaza fish, adding that for other families - including "new poor" suffering from loss of PA incomes - there has been a "decrease in the quality of and/or quantity of food consumed."
Didn't they completely destroy a productive greenhouse or something to that effect because it was built by Jooooos?
There's something missing from my limited understanding of this mess and that is why can't these people work for a living?
Kofi Anan and his son have no such insecurity, after ripping off the UN's bogus "Oil for Food Program" to the tune of multi-millions of dollars. They made sure they will never lack for anything in their plush retirement.
Why would anyone pay the slightest attention to anything that this collection of grifters in the UN has to say?
The simple fact is, the majority of the population there does nothing productive. They live off foreign donations as "employees" of the local government.
If they had to spend more time learning to do something productive, AKA earning a living, they'd have less time to hate and kill.
They looted and pulled down the greenhouses that were given to them after the Jews were expelled, the greenhouses were "all jewed up" that made them haraam.
That's simple. With all the foreign aid they receive they don't have to.
The foreign aid is poison.
Isn't it normal to sell assets if you need money to live? Would the UN rather have us give money to those with "land, jewelry, and other assets"?
The Palenstian government cannot support themselves either because it is living off of foreign aid handouts. A truely new approach would be to encourage Israel to annex the area so Palenstians can get on with their lives. Those that don't like it can build new lives in other Middle East countries.
When you make your bed,you must lie in it.
That's what happens when you elect a terrorist government and live terrorist lifestyles.
At least they've got obesity beat.
Let them eat their homemade bombs & rockets. Nothing like the taste of explosives & nails! Yummy!
In the mean time, I could care less if these vermin would rather starve than do without a few thousand rounds and a stockpile of Kassam missles.
Damn! That nasty law called cause and effect. If only we could change it everything would be fine.
At some point, somebody needs to stop worrying about the UN and do something rational with the palis. If I were running Israel I'd simply announce that the slammite world had 30 days to find a place to put the animals, a minimum of 1000 km from Israel, and that any found closer than that on day 31 would simply be killed.
And they have a shortage of .... fish? Doesn't Gaza face about 20 miles of Mediterranean shoreline?
These people are truly, truly among the most useless and pathetic on the face of the earth.
Unfortunately, the Palis are recognized as animals throughout the Middle East.
They seem to have plenty of money for bullets, bombs, indoctrination, and terror face masks.
The schools don't teach any useful skills. Just hatred for civilization and their "holy" book. Hence, no real work available....
Damn - bring back the Jews!
Have you noticed that the world is SO RICH, that activists can no longer find actual "starving" people. They can't even find "hungry" people. They can only find people who aren't completely sure they know where future meals come from AND EVEN WORSE, people are ARE completely sure where their future meals will come from, but MAY at some point no longer be sure...
It's not that they can't find any, they just don't want to look in Zimbabwe and North Korea.
Food simply can't be in short supply there. It is a duped UN seeing what they want to see.
There are an estimated 100 working tunnels connecting Gaza with Egypt at any one time. If food was in short supply the smugglers would be bringing in food items instead of weapons, since food would have a greater value. Smugglers the world over seldom have a serious ideological bent (except Commies and Muzzies, I guess).
Gaza has at least 25 miles of shoreline along the Med. The Israeli Navy does not stop any fishing boats from going out to fish, but is not real fond of boats that return with their holds full of HE and missles.
If they didn't sell their jewelry for food, they'd have to use some of their guns & ammo money.
Let them eat semtex.
Get a job.
They can't do that...It's torture !
I'm tempted to use Sam Kinison's line: "Move to where the food is!"