Gaza could become uninhabitable by 2020 due to war, its economic blockade, debilitated infrastructure, and environmental concerns, according to a new UN report on Palestine released this week.
The findings of the UN's Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) echoed an earlier assessment made by the UN in 2011, which determined that Gaza would not be livable by the start of next decade "without herculean efforts" to improve health, education, energy, water, and sanitation.
Remember when Israel attacked Gaza last summer? Who and what did they attack first? Hamas or Islamist radicals and their headquarters and installations? No. The Israeli air force targeted the civilian population and first went after their water and sewage systems. For days they pounded that essential infrastructure and brought it down.
That Tom, and all you little Dipper Tomasitas, is a war crime. That's not even debatable. Attacking civilians and attacking the civilian population's essential infrastructure are specifically, expressly prohibited. Doing it deliberately takes that war crime to a higher level yet.
Look, it's only got three syllables. It's not that hard to learn. It's "Dahiyeh." Da-hi-yeh, da-hi-yeh, da-hi-yeh, da-hi-yeh. See, you got it! Okay, but what does it mean?
It's a word that describes Israel's new tactic of specifically targeting civilians and their infrastructure - their water systems, their sewage systems, their hospitals, their schools and then their homes with both high explosives and Willie Pete or white phosphorous weapons. It's a technique they perfected in a Beiruit neighbourhood, Dahiyeh. What a coincidence. This is what Dahiyeh looked like when the Israelis ran out of targets:
It looks like Berlin when the Russians were finished, only a lot dustier. And it began with Israeli air strikes targeting Beiruit's water and sewage infrastructure before bombing down the target list.
Israel has committed Dahiyeh twice on Gaza so far but, according to the UN report, they may never have to do it again. Their work may be finished.
In July, the chief of the UN's Relief and Works Agency said none of the more than 12,000 houses totally destroyed during Protective Edge had been rebuilt.
There's more, so much more, but why go into that?
In today's thoroughly Blairified NDP just having in the past criticized Israel for these atrocities means you're not allowed to seek your party's nomination. That's why Nanaimo New Dem, Paul Manly, son of a highly respected NDP MP from before the party was laundered, is now running for the Green Party.
Besides, when votes are at stake, what's a little ethnic cleansing thousands of miles away?
Dippers typically respond to this by saying that their party is only trying to be "even handed." The NDP doesn't want to take sides. That's like saying you don't want to take sides between a rapist and the girl laying in the alley.