Days of Palestine, Gaza Strip –After eight years of strict Israeli, and internationally backed, siege and in the aftermath of a 51-day of Israeli war, around half of Gaza families lost sources of basic income.
Head of the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU) Sami al-Amassi said that the number of unemployed Palestinian workers in the Gaza Strip hit 200,000.
Al-Amassi said that these workers are responsible for around 900,000 citizens. “All of these people have no pennies in their pockets,” Al-Amassi said. “They cannot buy their basic needs.”
Before the latest Israeli war on Gaza, the PGFTU issued a report showing that the number of unemployed Gazans was 170,000 Palestinian.
“This is the worst time Gazan workers have lived for more than ten years,” that report said. It also said that “it was difficult for the workers to cope with the expenses of the basic daily needs.”
A UN agency based in Geneva issued on Wednesday a report about the Palestinian economy saying it “is already faltering further.” It also said that it shrank in 2013 and 2014, even without taking into account devastation caused by the recent Israeli war on Gaza.
“The deterioration of the Palestinian economy, largely rooted in the territory’s occupied status, has resulted in weak growth, a precarious fiscal position, forced dependence on the Israeli economy, mass unemployment, wider and deeper poverty and greater food insecurity,” the agency said.
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Describing the miserable situation in the Gaza Strip under the strict Israeli occupation started in 2006, British Prime Minister David Cameron that Gaza had come to resemble a “prison camp.”
Jewish-American writer Lawrence Weschler is among many who compare Gaza to a concentration camp.