Friday, December 14, 2012

Opinion: Palestinian living conditions less than adequate

By Tom Walker and Kristin Wilkes 
Students in LCT 375 E

Throughout the semester in Dorothy Diehl’s global issues Lasallian Core Traditions (LCT), we have been studying issues in Palestine. We have primarily been discussing the rights of Palestinians that have been violated by the Israelis. 

Our focus has been on articles from the Declaration of Human Rights, created by the United Nations. Each article states a different right that all humans are entitled to. Our current assignment is to create an awareness campaign about how one of the rights of the Palestinians has been violated as stated in the Declaration of Human Rights. Our group has the right to an adequate standard of living. Please continue reading for more information on this issue and what you can do to help.

Could you live on less than the minimum amount of water each day? Could you live without electricity for 16 hours a day? Could you support your family without a job? These are many things that people in America take for granted, but it is part of daily life for many Palestinians. According to the Gaza Humanitarian Situation Report of 2009 by the United Nations, 80% of the population in the Gaza Strip could support themselves and are dependent on humanitarian assistance in 2009.  It also stated that almost 95% of the water pumped in the Gaza Strip was polluted and unfit for drinking. Palestinians’ right to an adequate standard of living is violated every day.

The issues in Palestine have not improved since their displacement in 1948, so this has been going on for 64 years. As Americans, we need to become more educated about these issues in Palestine in order to end the occupation. One way to stay educated is to enter the emailing list of the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR). Education can be one of the strongest forms of support, so keep your friends and family educated as well. 

Another thing we can do is write letters to local and state representatives asking them to take action in the Palestinian conflict.  Their human rights have obviously been violated. Not only is this against the law, but it is against what we stand for.

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