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One Water Source, Two Million People: Open Up the Cramped Cage Called Gaza

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The Jezreel Valley is 350 square kilometers, slightly less than the area of the Gaza Strip. Jezreel is home to 40,000 Israelis. Gaza’s 365 square kilometers is home to two million Palestinians. Many descend from people born in Ashkelon (Majdal) and Ashdod (Isdud), cities just north of Gaza, and in villages that became the Jewish communities near the Gaza border.

Let us compare to Israel. It has a population of 9.3 million, including the settlers in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. Including the Golan and East Jerusalem, which were conquered in 1967, Israel has an area of 22,000 square kilometers. Add to that approximately half of the occupied West Bank taken over by the settlers and their militias (the IDF and the hilltop youth), and it comes to 25,000 kilometers.

Ergo, a Palestinian population equivalent to a fifth of Israel’s population is living in an area just one-and-a-half-percent the size.

Another statistic regarding population density illustrates........

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