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It's the Occupation, Stupid

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It's unsurprising they're blamed for occupation harshness. Israelis get off largely scot-free. They establish rules. Militarized occupations enforces them.

Gaza's isolated and suffocating. Extreme hardships exist. It's economy is in shambles. Around 80% of its factories remain shut or barely operate. Unemployment is high. Poverty is severe. 

Most exports are prohibited. Farming on much of its most arable land is prohibited. Its best fishing waters are off limits. Food insecurity, power shortages, inadequate healthcare, other unavailable or inadequate services, and extreme aid dependency punish 1.7 million people.

It's called the world's largest open-air prison. Frequent land, air and sea attacks target it. World leaders turn a blind eye. They're mindless of West Bank abuses. Israel's worst crimes are supported. Palestinian suffering remains out of sight and mind.

Everything benefitting Israel harms Palestinians. Zero sum repression works that way.

They're locked down and economically strangled. Locking them up is policy if they resist. Institutionalized racism persecutes them. Sovereignty over their own lives is denied.

Security forces and settlers attack them. Children are treated like adults. Anyone not Jewish is considered subhuman. Muslims are persecuted for their faith, ethnicity and presence.

They're unfairly called culturally inferior, dirty, lecherous, untrustworthy, religiously fanatical, violent, gun-toting terrorists. They're targeted for wanting to live free. Innocent men, women and children are punished.

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