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Brit Tzedek v'Shalom

Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace


Gaza 1948-2004


During the 1948 War of Independence, the Gaza Strip was occupied by Egypt. Gaza was flooded with Palestinian refugees, placing a massive strain on the agrarian-based society. From 1948-67, Egypt refused to extend citizenship to the Gazan residents, withheld economic aid, and allowed violent incursions by fedayeen into Israel.

When Israel took over Gaza following the 1967 War, it essentially continued Egypt’s policies, allowing Gaza’s civil society to stagnate.  From then to now, Israel has enjoyed complete political, economic and military dominance in the area.

The cost of this occupation, in terms of human life, has been enormous. According to the 2005 Human Rights Watch World Report, nearly 1,000 Israelis and over 3,000 Palestinians have been killed in armed conflict between September 2000, the start of the al-Aqsa intifada, and the end of 2004. Over this same period, an estimated 6,000 Israelis and 34,000 Palestinians have been injured in armed conflict.

Estimating the economic costof the settlements is more difficult, but a 2003 study by Ha’aretz concluded that between 1990 and 2003, some $7 billion went to fund social services and projects in the settlement areas. Another study by the Adva Center shows that between 1991 and 2002, the settlements received a minimum of $1 billion more in funding per capita than Israel proper.

 

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