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Gaza’s waste water treatment plant breaks down, floods neighborhood (Video)


November 16, 2013 - From the Institute for Middle East Understanding: Children navigate sewage in the streets of Al Sabra, a neighborhood in Eastern Gaza City on Thursday, November 14, a day after a nearby waste water treatment plant ran out of fuel. The ongoing fuel crisis in Gaza, brought on by near-total blockades enforced by Israel and Egypt, has left the 25-mile coastal strip and its more than 1.7 million Palestinians with as little as six hours of electricity per day — a situation that the UN says "will impact all essential services."...

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Gaza’s waste water treatment plant breaks down, floods neighborhood (Video)

Philip Weiss

November 16, 2013



From the Institute for Middle East Understanding:

Children navigate sewage in the streets of Al Sabra, a neighborhood in Eastern Gaza City on Thursday, November 14, a day after a nearby waste water treatment plant ran out of fuel. The ongoing fuel crisis in Gaza, brought on by near-total blockades enforced by Israel and Egypt, has left the 25-mile coastal strip and its more than 1.7 million Palestinians with as little as six hours of electricity per day — a situation that the UN says "will impact all essential services."

(In his speech at Purchase College last month the deputy national editor of the NYT, Ethan Bronner, said Gaza is not as bad as you may have heard. It is a "large welfare state… It is not the most miserable place on earth.. It is not sub-Saharan Africa… There is no starvation. There are very few diseases that the poorest parts of the world suffer from. There is not that kind of misery." Though Bronner also said that people in Gaza feel they have no future, and have little freedom of movement, the largest contrast in his speech was between Gazans’ experience and the technological splendors of Israel next door, a place that would never tolerate the conditions these children are enduring.)



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