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Interesting observations in UNCTAD report on Gaza – both the lies and the truth (EoZ)

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Sept. 5, 2016

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development came out with a “Report on UNCTAD assistance to the Palestinian people: Developments in the economy of the Occupied Palestinian Territory.”

Here is the first paragraph of the executive summary:

In 2015, Israel withheld Palestinian fiscal revenue for four months, donor aid declined and Israeli settlements continued to expand into the Occupied Palestinian Territory, while poverty and unemployment remained high. The Occupied Palestinian Territory continued to be a captive market for exports from Israel, while occupation neutralized the potential development impact of donor aid. Genuine reconstruction has yet to take off in the Gaza Strip despite $3.5 billion in donor pledges. Gaza’s socioeconomic conditions worsened and the infant mortality rate increased for the first time in 50 years.

There is huge bias in how this report is written. For example, what the report says about infant mortality is quickly found to be a lie:

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