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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

How about a Wiconsin plan for 'Palestinians'?

Betsy's Page points to an article in the European Wall Street Journal that talks about the welfare benefits received by Gazans.
The reason for Gaza's endless youth bulge is that a large majority of its population does not have to provide for its offspring. Most babies are fed, clothed, vaccinated and educated by UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East. Unlike the U.N. High Commission for Refugees, which deals with the rest of the world's refugees and aims to settle them in their respective host countries, UNRWA perpetuates the Palestinian problem by classifying as refugees not only those who originally fled their homes, but all of their descendents as well.

UNRWA is benevolently funded by the U.S. (31%) and the European Union (nearly 50%) -- only 7% of the funds come from Muslim sources. Thanks to the West's largesse, nearly the entire population of Gaza lives in a kind of lowly but regularly paid dependence. One result of this unlimited welfare is an endless population boom. Between 1950 and 2008, Gaza's population has grown from 240,000 to 1.5 million. The West basically created a new Near Eastern people in Gaza that at current trends will reach three million in 2040. Within that period, Gazans may alter the justifications and directions of their aggression but are unlikely to stop the aggression itself.
Yes, but.... 'Palestinians' in other parts of the world (including Judea and Samaria, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria) receive similar benefits and don't produce families anywhere near as large as the families in Gaza. And having large families doesn't necessarily mean that you turn your children into cannon fodder. I have several children, as do most of my neighbors, and no one in my neighborhood is using their children as human shields or sending them to carry out suicide bombings.

Maybe it's time to force Gazans to go out to work. Perhaps if they had to support the children they bring into this world, they would also appreciate those children more and feel an interest in protecting them.


At 12:44 AM, Blogger Daniel said...

While Kushner and Madoff show that we aren't all tzadikkim, we still have seichel- at least if we stay Jewish and not "Israeli( read Peres Jews won, Israelis lost).
On my first visit in 1981 at a Jewish agency seminar, the spin-meister bragged that the arab birthrate in Judae-Samaria was higher under Israeli rule than Jordanian.
Something to be proud of.

At 1:24 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

The Palestinians don't have act like responsible adults and take responsibility for their own lives because someone else is footing all the bills. So why should they give up anti-Israel extremism? After all, they're getting paid to indulge in. The prospects for peace would better if they were all taken off the dole and Israel has tried but the UN to date has fought such reforms tooth and nail. If there is a blessing in disguise as a result of the West's foolish subsidizing of those bums, its that it makes a reichlet a remote prospect.

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