[HCCN] Fwd: Please call Sen. Angus King's office about conditions in Gaza per Ann Wright

Judy_Robbins Judy at RobbinsAndRobbins.com
Wed Nov 2 19:54:49 EDT 2016


Message from Ret.Col Ann Wright who recently completed a speaking tour of Maine and met with Senator King’s staff.

> Begin forwarded message:
> From: Lisa Savage <lsavage3 at gmail.com>
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> HI all,  Ridgely Fuller took me to Senator Angus King's office in Augusta this afternoon and we spoke with a staffer Teague Morris and Willie Ennis, a staffer in Washington, DC by conference call on Gaza and the West Bank, the $38 billion US air to Israel, North Korea, Russia and oil pipelines and Standing Rock (lots covered in a short amount of time).
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> Teague said the offices are getting virtually no phone calls on international issues and urged constituents to call if they are concerned about any issues, particularly Gaza and the West Bank--and reference Ann Wright's talk if I said anything you would like to pass on to him..
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> Teague's phone is 800-432-1599 <tel:800-432-1599> and 207-622-8292 <tel:207-622-8292> and his email is Teague_Morris at king.senate.gov <mailto:Teague_Morris at king.senate.gov>
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> Please pass this email to your email lists for your various peace and social justice groups and ask citizens to contact Teague Morris with their concerns.
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> Many thanks to all you attended the events and to those who arranged them!!
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> Peace,
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> Ann Wright

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> From: ann Wright <annw1946 at gmail.com <mailto:annw1946 at gmail.com>>
> Date: Mon, Oct 31, 2016 at 9:22 PM
> Subject: Re: Thanks so much for stopping by!
> To: "Morris, Teague (King)" <Teague_Morris at king.senate.gov <mailto:Teague_Morris at king.senate.gov>>
> Cc: "ridgelyfuller at gmail.com <mailto:ridgelyfuller at gmail.com>" <ridgelyfuller at gmail.com <mailto:ridgelyfuller at gmail.com>>
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> Hi Teague,  Thank you so much for your time this afternoon and setting up the conference call with Willie.
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> Here are links to the materials I referenced concerning the terrible conditions in Gaza caused by the Israeli blockade.
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> The 2015 UN report itself is first with 18 pages of statistics on the horrific conditions that Palestinians in Gaza must endure--followed by media accounts of the report:
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> http://unctad.org/meetings/en/SessionalDocuments/tdb62d3_en.pdf <http://unctad.org/meetings/en/SessionalDocuments/tdb62d3_en.pdf>
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> Ann
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> 808-741-1141 <tel:808-741-1141>
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> A few exerpts from the report:
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>  page 7
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> De-development and impoverishment of the Gaza Strip 
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> 25. Three Israeli military operations in the past six years, in addition to eight years of economic blockade, have ravaged the already debilitated infrastructure of Gaza, shattered its productive base, left no time for meaningful reconstruction or economic recovery and impoverished the Palestinian population in Gaza, rendering their economic well-being worse than the level of two decades previous. The most recent military operation compounded already dire socioeconomic conditions and accelerated de-development in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, a process by which development is not merely hindered but reversed. 
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> 26. Prior to the military operations, the blockade had already led to the large scale cessation of productive operations and loss of employment. It inflicted large-scale destruction on Gaza’s local economy, productive assets and infrastructure, and affected numerous industrial, agricultural, commercial and residential facilities either directly or indirectly through debilitated infrastructure and acute shortages of inputs, water, electricity and fuel. 
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> 27. Since the blockade initiated in 2007, exports from Gaza have been almost completely banned, imports and transfers of cash severely restricted and the flow of all but the most basic humanitarian goods suspended. The most recent military operation, in 2014, impacted an already paralyzed economy at a time when socioeconomic conditions were at their lowest since 1967. This operation therefore had a more severe impact on socioeconomic conditions compared to the previous two military operations in 2008 and 2012. 
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> 28. The recurrent conflicts and economic siege have rendered Palestinians in Gaza more impoverished than they were before the Oslo Accords, and also compared to Palestinians in the West Bank, who are subject to significant but comparatively less destruction. While per capita GDP in Gaza today is at 72 per cent of the level in 1994, it is two thirds that of the level in the West Bank. As shown in figure 2, the gap between Gaza and the West Bank has widened since 2007, when mobility restrictions to and from Gaza were tightened by the blockade. 
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> 30. The latest military operation has effectively eliminated what was left of the middle class, sending almost all of the population into destitution and dependence on international humanitarian aid. With the destruction of the economy and its capacity to create jobs, food insecurity now affects 72 per cent of households (Office of the Quartet Representative (OQR), 2014). Consequently, the majority of the population is forced into dependency on humanitarian aid to meet basic needs. The number of Palestinian refugees solely reliant on food distribution from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) increased from 72,000 in 2000 to 868,000 by May 2015, representing half the population of Gaza and 65 per cent of the registered refugees (UNRWA, 2015b).
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> A. Repeated military confrontations aggravate dire socioeconomic conditions in the Gaza Strip 
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> 31. Gaza and the West Bank have been under various mobility restrictions since their occupation in 1967. However, following the start of the second intifada in September 2000, 2 Refugees account for 72 per cent of the population of Gaza. 0 1000 2000 3000 Gaza Strip West Bank TD/B/62/3 9 mobility and other restrictions were tightened and economic conditions further deteriorated. In Gaza, economic conditions worsened after the Israeli disengagement from Gaza in August and September 2005, due to continued control by Israel of Gaza’s airspace, maritime space and land crossings. Another turning point took place in 2007, when restrictions were raised to a blockade that isolated Gaza’s exporters, importers, producers and consumers from the rest of the world.
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>  32. In addition to the blockade, in a span of six years, Gaza endured three consecutive military operations; the first from 27 December 2008 to 18 January 2009, the second between 14 and 21 November 2012 and the third for 50 days from 7 July to 26 August 2014. 
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> 33. The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, during a visit to Gaza in April 2015, summarized the extent of the destruction by stating that “no human being who visits can remain untouched by the terrible devastation that one sees here in Gaza” and as shocking as the devastation of the buildings might be, “the devastation of peoples’ livelihoods is 10 times more shocking” (see http://www.un.org/apps/news/story. asp?NewsID=50738#.VZO3j4WIS1d <http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=50738#.VZO3j4WIS1d>). In October 2014, during a visit to Gaza, the Secretary-General of the United Nations stated the destruction was “beyond description” (see http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=49074#.VZO36YWIS1d <http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=49074#.VZO36YWIS1d>). 3 
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> 34. To date, no complete inventory of the economic effects and/or damage in Gaza during the latest military operation has been compiled, yet it has undoubtedly had a far more catastrophic impact on the population, infrastructure and productive base, compared to the previous two. Entire neighbourhoods were affected and almost one third of Gaza’s population was displaced. According to OCHA and UNRWA, over 500,000 Palestinians were displaced during the operation, with some 100,000 continuing to be displaced by mid-2015. 
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> 35. OQR compiled a partial list of damages incurred by Gaza during the 2014 operation, which have significant economic and social effects, and reported the following (OQR, 2014): 
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> (a) 18,000 housing units destroyed or severely damaged and 44,300 units damaged
>  (b) 26 schools destroyed and 122 damaged 
> (c) 15 hospitals and 45 primary health centres damaged 
> (d) Gaza’s sole power plant affected by damage and lack of fuel and widespread damage to electricity lines 
> (e) 20–30 per cent of the water and sewage network damaged 
> (f) Water desalination plant in Deir al-Balah damaged 
> (g) Total damage to the agricultural sector at $550 million 
> (h) 220 agricultural wells destroyed or badly damaged 
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> 3 Following this visit, in November 2014, the Secretary-General convened a board of inquiry to review and investigate 10 incidents affecting United Nations personnel, premises and operations in the Gaza Strip during the latest operation. The Secretary-General stated that it was “a matter of the utmost gravity that those who looked to [United Nations premises] for protection and who sought and were granted shelter there had their hopes and trust denied” and deplored “the fact that at least 44 Palestinians were killed as a result of Israeli actions and at least 227 injured at United Nations premises being used as emergency shelters” (S/2015/286).
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> UN: Gaza may be uninhabitable by 2020 on current trends - Al Jazeera <http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/09/gaza-uninhabitable-2020-israel-palestine-150902065427364.html>
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> Sep 2, 2015 - Gaza could be "uninhabitable" in less than five years if current economic trends continue, according to a new United Nations report. The report released on Tuesday by the UN Conference on Trade and Development points to the eight-year economic blockade of Gaza as well as the three wars there over the past six years.
> Gaza Could Become 'Uninhabitable' by 2020, U.N. Report Warns | TIME <http://time.com/4019509/gaza-uninhabitable-unctad/>
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> Sep 1, 2015 - Hello Games Says It Didn't Call No Man's Sky a Mistake ... Gaza Could Become 'Uninhabitable' by 2020, U.N. Report Warns ... The Gaza Strip could become “uninhabitable” within five years, a United Nations report released Tuesday warns, as a result of ... What Are 5 Books That CanChange Your Life?
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> Sep 2, 2015 - Gaza Could Become 'Uninhabitable' by 2020, UN Report Warns ... A new United Nationsreport says Gaza could be "uninhabitable" in less than five .... Thanks to Trump, We Can Better Understand How Hitler Was Possible.
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> Sep 2, 2015 - UN: Gaza Strip could become uninhabitable by 2020. submit to reddit .... In short, Gaza will be unlivable,” the report said. The IDF launched ...
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> On Mon, Oct 31, 2016 at 4:57 PM, Morris, Teague (King) <Teague_Morris at king.senate.gov <mailto:Teague_Morris at king.senate.gov>> wrote:
> Hello Ann and Ridgely,
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>     Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by Senator King’s office.  It is always helpful to hear from a wide range of views.  Ann’s experience and perspective lend valuable insight for the Senator to consider.  I’ll look forward to the materials you’ll be sending and will pass them along to Willie Ellis in D.C.
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>      Warmly,
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> Teague
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> Teague Morris
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> Outreach Director | Senator Angus S. King, Jr., Maine
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