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Re: How the barrier really threatens Arabs

From the World Bank report:

Nigel Roberts (World Bank representative in the West Bank and Gaza Strip) attributed most of the Palestinian economic decline to Israel's policy of maintaining roadblocks and closures in the Palestinian territories. "The security measures that Israel has implemented over the past four years have essentially shredded the web of transactions that the Palestinian economy depends on," he said.
Roberts said the key to reviving the Palestinian economy was for Israel to allow more Palestinian goods and services to reach foreign markets. "The most binding constraint to Palestinian economic improvement is closed borders to trade," he said.

On who Jerusalem is more important to:

To Christians it is where the young Jesus impressed the sages at the Jewish Temple, where he spent the last days of his ministry, and where the Last Supper, the Crucifixion and the Resurrection took place.

Gabriel escorted Muhammad to the pinnacle of the rock, which the Arabs call as-Sakhra, where a ladder of golden light materialized. On this glittering shaft, Muhammad ascended through the seven heavens into the presence of Allah, from whom he received instructions for himself and his followers. Following his divine meeting, Muhammad was flown back to Mecca by Gabriel and the winged horse, arriving there before dawn. The Dome of the Rock is a mashhad, a shrine for pilgrims. Adjacent to the Dome is the Al-Aqsa Mosque wherein Muslims make their prayers.

I post this information even though I don't see the value of debating it (you cite your sources I site mine ...). If you've never been in Jerusalem you should go. It would take more than a few paragraphs to describe the labyrinths, the people, the *feeling* there.

BTW many of Israel's Jews are closer to a secular society than a biblical society.

The situation in Sudan and Chad is worsening with the seasonal rains. Food and supples are not coming from N'Djamena fast enough to sustain the overwhelming number of refugees in inadequate camps.

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