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Report: Israeli Occupation Causes Terror

Posted by uscsjp on March 3, 2008

“A report commissioned by the United Nations says Palestinian terrorism is the “inevitable consequence” of Israeli occupation — a claim Israel rejected Tuesday as inflammatory.

The report — posted on the U.N. Human Rights Council’s Web site — says that while Palestinian terrorist acts are deplorable, “they must be understood as being a painful but inevitable consequence of colonialism, apartheid or occupation.”

The report accuses the Jewish state of acts and policies consistent with all three.

As long as there is occupation, there will be terrorism, says the author, John Dugard, an independent investigator on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and a South African lawyer who campaigned against apartheid in the 1980s.”

–Associated Press, Feb 26, 2008.

Some highlights of the report:

–In the past two years 668 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces.

— 59 people out of the 668 killed were not involved in hostilities at the time they were killed

–Of those killed, 126 were minors, 361 killed by missiles fired from helicopters, and 29 targeted for assassination

–290 Palestinians were killed in Gaza in 2007

–90 percent of the population of Gaza is dependent on food aid from the United Nations Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

–80 percent of the population in Gaza live below the official poverty line. Summary from the Indian Muslims new site:

Read John Dugard’s full report to the UN Human Rights Council here:


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