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josh
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posted 26 May 2005 10:25 AM      Profile for josh     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
This one's a scream:
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Seeking to improve its image among Palestinians, the United States has launched an advertising campaign in the West Bank, using billboards and television commercials filled with grinning children to tell Palestinians they have cleaner water and more classrooms thanks to its generosity.

But the U.S. government's campaign is off to a tough start: No Palestinian entertainer or athlete was willing to serve as its goodwill ambassador, reflecting widespread anti-American sentiment. No political leaders were asked to participate.

The prevailing view is that the ad money is being wasted - and that attitudes won't budge until Washington drops what Palestinians consider its pro-Israel bias and gets serious about Palestinian statehood.


http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/580839.html

"We're the people who subsidize your occupation. Sell your occupiers the helicopters that shoot at you and the bulldozers that tear down your buildings and orchards. Don't you just love us?"

[ 26 May 2005: Message edited by: josh ]


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Hailey
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posted 26 May 2005 10:46 AM      Profile for Hailey     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
That's terribly sad.
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donvonbra
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posted 26 May 2005 10:50 AM      Profile for donvonbra     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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The prevailing view is that the ad money is being wasted - and that attitudes won't budge until Washington drops what Palestinians consider its pro-Israel bias and gets serious about Palestinian statehood.

Right. Isn't there anybody in Washington smart enough to realize that?

dvb


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Cueball
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posted 27 May 2005 01:11 AM      Profile for Cueball   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I am sure it will be a great opportunity for teenage graffiti artists.
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N.Beltov
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posted 27 May 2005 01:58 AM      Profile for N.Beltov   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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Cueball: I am sure it will be a great opportunity for teenage graffiti artists.

Here in Winnipeg we used to call that "neighbourhood improvement" - and no, I don't mean gang graffiti.


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Panasonic
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posted 27 May 2005 01:24 PM      Profile for Panasonic        Edit/Delete Post
I wouldn't argue that he USA gives much much more money to Israel than Palestine but $1.5 billion is alot of money.

The USA tosses a barrel of money at the Palestinians and a truck load of money at the Israelies and no one can figure out why there isn't any peace?

Why would either group want peace when the USA is paying them to try and get along?

If they got along how much money would the USA be willing to pay out at that point?

Looks like a scam or possibley scamola to me.

On both sides.

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http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/580839.html

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The three-week ad campaign was commissioned by USAID, a U.S. government agency that previously kept a low profile while giving $1.5 billion to the Palestinians over the past decade - more than any other agency.

Washington also gives Israel about $2.5 billion a year in military and economic aid



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Cougyr
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posted 27 May 2005 05:50 PM      Profile for Cougyr     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
When, oh when, will American politicians learn that they can't buy or bully their way out of all problems?
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rsfarrell
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posted 27 May 2005 07:22 PM      Profile for rsfarrell        Edit/Delete Post
1.5 billion over ten years is not a lot of money, especially when we consider that Israel's aid, incld. loan guarentees and such, is considered by most authorities to top $3 billion a year.

Also throw into the mix that Palestinians are desperately poor whilst Israel is one of the richest countries in the world.

So, to summerize, the poor people get about 5% of what the rich people get, and if you take a look at the last few aid bills, you'll find that our syncophantic Congress has funnelled a signifigant portion of that much smaller aid package directly into Israeli hands as bogus "back taxes" and utility fees or the latest (I kid you not) millions of dollars to build the apartheid fence.

The last crumb of an aid package they threw the Palestinians set aside millions for the Zionist Women's Association . . . I am absolutely not kidding.

Larry Franklin is not a lone gunman . . .


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Boom Boom
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posted 27 May 2005 07:26 PM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
It was reported on news programs last night that Bush gave $50 million to Mahmoud Abbas for the Palestinian cause. That seems to pale beside the $200 billion the US is spending on the war in Iraq, but of course making Iraq friendlier to MacDonald's and the US oil industry is more important than Palestinian autonomy and peace in the Middle East.
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remind
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posted 27 May 2005 08:10 PM      Profile for remind     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Well, it would seem our illustrious Foreign Affairs critic Stockwell, does not think Canada gave enough today, compare to the USA's 50 million gaven yesterday to Abbas.

We give what 22.7 million in direct cash, not quite half of what the USA gave, with our 1/10th the population. And another several million in service provision, with the elections inspectors and border service technical aide. And this is not enough for a man who did not acknowledge the former Palestinian Authority leader's death?

Does Stock think we should have given 55 million to improve our image? Putz that he is.


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Cougyr
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posted 27 May 2005 08:59 PM      Profile for Cougyr     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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Originally posted by remind:
Does Stock think we should have given 55 million to improve our image? Putz that he is.

And you can bet that he thinks that Jack Layton's social budget is wasted money.


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Boom Boom
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posted 27 May 2005 11:33 PM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Stockwell "Doris" Day is the one MP that never fails to make me laugh. What an ignorant little putz. I hope he replaces Harper (aka "The Grim Reaper") as Conservative leader, Canada desperately needs some laugh therapy.
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rsfarrell
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posted 29 May 2005 11:17 PM      Profile for rsfarrell        Edit/Delete Post
I have to add, paranthetically, that sending aid to the Palestinian Authority doesn't bring peace any closer. This is counterintuitive, given most Palestinians' poverty, but the reasons are threefold:

1. As the occupying power, Israel is obligated under international law to provide all the services that the Palestinians, with the help of well-meaning foreign government, are struggling desperately to provide. Thus our aid make the Israelis' task easier and prolongs the occupation.

2. The Palestinian Authority is quite corrupt and very little of the aid, that which is not diverted into the Israelis' pockets or spent on infrastructure for Israeli tanks and bulldozers to demolish, will actually reach the people it is intended to help.

3. Through roadblocks, the permit process, land seizures, control of exports and imports, and other measures, Israel maintains control over the Palestinians' economy. Aid cannot replace a functioning economy, which means that Palestinians will remain poor as long as Israel occupies the territories and wishes them to remain poor.

On the other hand, Eygpt got the Sinai back, Lebanon got the Security Zone, and Hamas is driving the settlers from Gaza.

So if anyone really wants to help: send guns, not butter.


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