Israel actions hurt Gaza kids

7 Oct

An Associated Press news article, “Students in Gaza’s UN schools struggle” reveals that large numbers of students are failing in Math and Arabic due to “violence, overcrowding and poverty.”

The report went on to say that the U.N. agency “will try to improve results in Gaza by hiring 1,500 classroom assistants, decreasing class sizes to 30 students, adding more classes in Arabic and math, and building a teachers’ training college.”

In another article, “The War on Gaza’s Children”, published in Counterpunch, Saree Makdisi, a professor of English at UCLA, reported that that the children living in Gaza have no more than one simple meal a day normally consisting of just rice and boiled lentils. Fruits, vegetables, meat and fish are either expensive and unavailable due to the blockade. In addition,

One-third of Gaza’s children started the school year missing necessary textbooks. John Ging, the Gaza director of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, whose schools take care of 200,000 children in Gaza, has warned that children come to school “hungry and unable to concentrate.”

This poverty as Sarah noted, is

a result of Israel’s blockade on most imports and exports and other policies designed to punish the populace, about 70% of Gaza’s workforce is now unemployed or without pay, according to the United Nations, and about 80% of its residents live in grinding poverty.

While the UN agency is doing its best, these measures are hardly adequate as they do not really address the root of the problems which are having an adverse impact on the school children.

It all boils down to the Israeli’s government actions in “shutting off Gaza” and calling it a “hostile entity”. This blockade needs to be strongly condemned for it is hurting the ordinary civilians of Gaza, including the innocent kids.

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