Gilad Schalit’s Treatment in an Israeli Prison and the Palestinian / Israeli Conflict

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Nutritional Evils by Redacted
In October of last year, Telegraph, The Guardian, and Associated Press covered the news of IDF soldier Gilad Schalit’s release in a relentless barrage of hand-wringing and doom-mongering, as if to make up for their telling lack of interest in Palestine’s application for admission to membership in the United Nations the month before. But it is only natural – Gilad Schalit’s release is more historical than Palestine’s bid, since US President Obama promised to veto the application as a member of the UN Security Council.
Schilat’s emaciation became a media springboard for all the possible nutritional evils done to him in his imprisonment, despite being reported to be otherwise healthy.
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Really Healthy Children
If we are to discuss the health condition of the people on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, then we must agree that the Israeli government has been terrible with its treatment of the citizens of occupied Palestine. But before we do so, we must agree that it is not the Israeli people who are responsible for the wrongs done to the Palestinians in the conflict. It is the Israeli government.

In 2002, the United States Agency for International Development reported an increase in malnutrition among Palestinian children (30% chronic malnutrition, 21% acute malnutrition, for a total of 51% of Palestinian children, a significant increase from a less rigorous 2002 survey result with a total of 9.5%). The Israeli government then supposedly intensified its talks with Palestinian authorities, despite having approved airstrikes on Gaza city. At the time these talks happened, the Israeli government was withholding $600 million in Palestinian tax from the Palestinian Authority. Very intense, indeed.

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