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Sunday, October 23, 2016
Holy Land: Israeli attacks cost British tax payers millions
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¬†The cost of damage to infrastructure paid for by British and European tax payers by the Israeli military in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, has been put at more than £16 million. According to Christian Aid, the military strikes against medical facilities, non-governmental organisations, a fishing harbour and an airport have done nothing to provide security for Israelis, while increasing poverty and frustration among Palestinians in the Occupied Territories. The information was released to Christian Aid by the UK's Department for International Development (DfID) ≠ the government department that manages Britain's aid to poor countries and works to rid the world of poverty. It lists the cost of 32 separate military actions taken by Israeli forces between 4 December 2001 and 30 November 2002. Targets included the then newly built Gaza airport, which was partially funded by the EC. It was destroyed by tank, helicopter and mortar fire and by military bulldozers, while a Palestinian counter-terrorism forensic laboratory, built to help in the fight against Palestinian terror strikes against Israelis, was totally destroyed. According to the DfID information, the laboratory was 'clearly identified as a civil building with red crosses and crescents.' Other incidents included the destruction of EC-funded ambulances, police riot gear, agricultural land, United Nations schools and the theft of civilian computers, faxes and photocopiers from EC-supported organisations. The UK tax payer funds 17 per cent of all EC infrastructure work in the Occupied Territories. William Bell, Christian Aid's senior advocacy officer for the Palestinian Occupied Territories, said: 'British and European tax payers have, through the European Commission and the British Department for International Development, been funding vital, non-military, poverty-alleviation projects. "The Israeli government has destroyed much of the infrastructure, such as Gaza airport, vital to the Palestinian economy and to any future autonomous Palestinian state. The Palestinian economy is in tatters, unemployment rates have soared and poverty is increasing." Christian Aid requested this information under the new Freedom of Information Act. Source: Christian Aid
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