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These are refugees from the UNRWA refugee camps talking about conditions in the camps in the south of Gaza.
- “We stay inside the tents even though it is very hot during the day. And during the nighttime, we feel cold. We only have one mattress and we are forced to sleep on blankets on the floor,”
- “We struggle when we need to go to the toilet, we must stand in long queues that sometimes take half an hour or an hour.”
- “[the camp] does not have services such as a proper toilet or water. We are forced to buy bottles of water, having to wait in queues, not to mention that there is no [heating oil] at all.”
- “We cannot do laundry”
I guess, in their homes in Gaza City, they had:
- Piped water
- and (it seems) AC
I don’t begrudge anybody their luxuries. I like all of these things. But if you decide to launch a genocidal assault against the civilian citizens of a first-world military power, you shouldn’t be surprised when you’re no longer living better than:
- 20% of Russians and 10% of Egyptians on the toilet (and I presume piped water) front
- 60% of Kenyans on the rough floor front (I’m assuming the lack of a floor suggests the lack of modern mattresses)
Then again, life expectancy in Gaza and the West Bank exceeds that of Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Oman, Yemen, Pakistan, and all of Africa, with the exception of Algeria.
If I were Yemenite (for example), I might be asking why I should suffer more to help end the suffering of my brothers in Palestine who are, well, already suffering less than I am.Published in