A WRITER, ZABRINA A BAKAR, sent an email to members and friends of the NGO coalition, COMPLETE, the following thought-provoking items. See if you already know these:
Did you know since the creation of the United Nations in 1945, no country has violated as many UN Security Council Resolutions as the state of Israel. In spite of this fact, Israel, a country slightly smaller than the state of New Jersey, receives nearly 1/3 of the entire annual US Foreign Aid budget?
Did you know Israel has a nuclear arsenal and refuses to allow international inspection of their facility and has refused to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty?
Did you know Countless Israelis have been arrested for spying on the United States even though they claim to be an ally? Spies have been caught at the highest levels of the US government.
Did you know that anyone of Jewish faith can move to Israel, but Palestinians born there and with home and land there are not allowed to return?
Did you know Palestinians are not allowed to move from one city to another without first getting a 'visa' from Israel?
Did you know that Israel allots 85% of the water resources for Jews and the remaining 15% is divided among all Palestinians in the territories? For example in Hebron, 85% of the water is given to about 400 Jewish settlers, while 15% must be divided among Hebron's 120,000 Palestinians?
Did you know that Israel routinely confiscates Palestinian bank accounts, businesses and land and refuses to pay compensation to those who suffer confiscation?
Did you know that Israel stands in defiance of over 80 United Nations Security Council Resolutions?
Did you know that it was not until 1988 that Israelis were barred from running 'Jews Only' job ads?
Did you know that former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was held responsible for the massacre of more than 2750 Palestinians in the refugee camps of Sabra and Chatila? The UN qualified the massacre by Sharon as GENOCIDE.
Did you know that Israel's settlement-building on Palestinian land increased considerably since the signing of the Oslo agreement?
Did you know that Palestinian refugees make up the largest portion of the refugee population in the world?
Did you know that between 1967 and early 2002 Israel expropriated some 79% of the West Bank and Gaza Strip? Estimated figures published by Amnesty International in 1999 show the following: Year, (Land Confiscated in the West Bank) 1984 (42 per cent); 1991 (60 per cent); 1998 (74 per cent).
Did you know that the Ha'aertz Israeli paper estimated in 1998 (31 July) that a population of 5800 Jewish settlers in Hebron consumed 547 liters of water a day each? By contrast, a population of 119,230 Palestinians in the same area consumed or had access to no more than 58 litres per day each.
Did you know that Israel uses torture routinely in jails (only against non-Jews of course) despite the Israeli High Court outlawing it?
Did you Know Israel receives over $3 billion in grants from the US while the Palestine government has no money for the homeless, health care, education, etc.?