zondag 18 maart 2012
Breed gedragen samenwerking tussen Palestijnen en Israëliërs ondanks spanningen
De Jerusalem Post komt met de volgende cijfers die voor velen als een verrassing zal komen:
Nearly 200,000 West Bank Palestinian patients and those accompanying them were granted permits in 2011 for medical treatment in Israel, a 13 percent increase from 2010, according to a Foreign Ministry report.
In addition, according to the report, some 21,500 Palestinian children from the West Bank were treated in Israeli hospitals last year, a 171% increase from the year before.
For instance, despite the stymied political process and the tense relationship between the government and the Palestinian Authority, in 2011 some 764 joint security meetings were held, a 5% increase over the year before.
According to the report, "maintaining security and preventing terrorism is critical in order to promote stability and economic development on the ground." Despite improved security coordination and "relative calm," 2011 saw a 10% rise in overall terrorist incidents coming from the West Bank, and also an increase in the number of Israelis killed in terrorist attacks from eight people in 2010, to 10 in 2011.
In the economic sphere the report pointed out that after three years of rapid economic growth in the West Bank, there was a slowdown in the first three quarters of 2011. Unemployment there runs at 17 %, with that rate at 20% among those with academic degrees.
In 2011 some 31,414 Palestinians worked in Israel. This, however, is just a small percentage of the number that used to work in Israel before various waves of terrorism. For instance, until a wave of Palestinian knife attacks on Israel in early 1993, an estimated 140,000 Palestinian day laborers worked inside the Green Line.