Monday, August 20, 2007
From Bad to Worse
"According to statistics of the Palestinian Businessmen's Association, 3,190 factories in the Strip have closed because of the inability to import raw materials. This has rendered 56,000 workers unemployed. Further aggravating the situation, Israel has barred Palestinian farmers from exporting their agricultural crops through commercial crossings along the border separating the Strip from Israel, crashing prices and the internal market for producers." For more on the misery of Gaza and the West Bank, read here.