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  • World View <ummyakoub@yahoo.com>
    Jan 14, 2003
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      29.9% of Gazan schoolchildren anemic

      Gaza - A new Palestinian study has revealed that anemia was
      spreading among elementary stage schoolchildren in the Gaza Strip
      reaching a percentage of 29.9%.

      The study attributed the high percentage, which amounts to one third
      of the total pupils, to the worsening political and economic
      conditions in the Palestinian society due to the continuing Zionist
      aggression, siege and starvation.

      The study, by researcher Mahmoud Daher, won him the MA degree at Al-
      Quds University Abu Dees.

      The researcher pointed out that he collected information for his
      research paper at the end of the second term of the school year 2001-
      2002 when the political and economic conditions of the Palestinian
      society were at its lowest ebb especially in the Gaza Strip.

      He said that the study targeted measuring the spread of anemia among
      elementary schoolchildren and checking the connection between anemia
      and the students' social and economic changes.

      Daher said that he chose a random sample of 204 pupils distributed
      among various areas of the Strip whether in schools run by the
      Palestinian Authority or UNRWA.

      The researcher said he took blood samples from the students that
      were examined at the PA public health's central laboratory while a
      second test was made to a number of random blood samples to double
      check results.

      He noted that a questionnaire was distributed among students to
      collect data on their social background, health conditions and

      He recalled that the percentage in the late nineties was 11%. He
      then elaborated on the percentage in various districts of the Strip,
      noting that Rafah had the highest such percentage with 40% followed
      by Gaza city 33.3%, central areas 29.7%, northern Gaza 29.6% and
      finally Khan Younis 14.8%.

      Daher pointed out that anemia was spread more among children reared
      by unemployed or limited income parents.

      He also noted that children of working mothers were more liable to
      suffer from anemia than children of housewives.

      The researcher in conclusion recommended continuous efforts to
      eliminate causes of health problems and malnutrition namely Zionist
      occupation and its repressive measures and mass punishments. He
      proposed launching surveys of other categories and launching a
      national feeding program to support nutrition of schoolchildren in
      addition to spreading public awareness on a number of health issues.
      He also suggested adding iron to wheat.
      Jason Keyser, Associated Press, 1/6/03

      Tel Aviv, Israel - In response to twin suicide bombings that killed
      22 people, Israel decided Monday to close three Palestinian
      universities, intensify raids against militants and bar Palestinian
      officials from holding key meetings in the West Bank and abroad...

      In the past, particularly deadly bombings have triggered large-scale
      Israeli incursions in the West Bank, and hard-liners in Israel's
      Cabinet have called for expelling Arafat. However, with an Israeli
      election on the horizon, such a move was unlikely.

      Instead, the security Cabinet decided Monday to close three
      Palestinian universities as alleged hotbeds of incitement - a
      measure Israel last took during the first Palestinian uprising,
      which lasted from 1987 to 1993…

      British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw told the British Broadcasting
      Corp. that the attacks emphasize the need for political dialogue. "I
      hope very much that the Israeli government will think again," he
      Time magazine's special year-end edition includes "Best Photos of
      the Year," featuring 7 photos relating to the Mideast conflict. The
      photos and captions reveal a pattern of bias, heavily suggesting
      that Israel is the aggressor and Palestinians are the victims.

      Here are the 7 photos:

      (1) Palestinian women mourning in Jenin after "Israeli tanks
      leveled the area." http://www.time.com/time/yip/2002/conflict/5.html

      (2) Time depicts Israeli aggression with a photo of Israeli soldiers
      "engag[ing] in a fire fight" in Ramallah.

      (3) Palestinians "defend[ing] against a possible Israeli
      incursion." http://www.time.com/time/yip/2002/conflict/7.html

      (4) Palestinian boy who "lost his father and grandfather" in a gun
      battle. http://www.time.com/time/yip/2002/conflict/8.html

      (5) Time depicts Israeli aggression and Palestinian victimhood with
      a photo of Yasser Arafat "after Israeli tanks had besieged his
      compound." http://www.time.com/time/yip/2002/people/4.html

      (6) a tagged Israeli arm, after a Palestinian suicide attack.

      (7) "Old Man Alone." Sharon is "surviving three no-confidence votes
      and buying more time to repair his tattered coalition."

      Resolution on the Destruction of Palestinian Libraries, Archives,
      and Other Cultural Institutions

      WHEREAS, In the course of recent events in the Middle East,
      Palestinian computers, photocopiers, books, audio recordings, video
      recordings, data, institutional archives and records, and objects of
      historical, cultural, and artistic importance were destroyed; and

      WHEREAS, The destruction of these cultural resources represents a
      significant loss for the Palestinian people and the world; and

      WHEREAS, Palestinian libraries and cultural institutions are
      urgently in need of restoration and assistance; and

      WHEREAS, The American Library Association deplores the destruction
      of library and cultural resources anywhere in the world; and,
      therefore the destruction of these library and cultural resources;

      WHEREAS, IFLA met in Jerusalem in 2000 and met with Palestinian
      librarians and established a working relationship of cooperation;
      therefore, be it

      RESOLVED, that the American Library Association calls upon the
      government of the United States, as well as other governments,
      intergovernmental organizations and non governmental organizations
      to prevent further destruction of libraries and cultural resources
      and to provide material assistance for the reconstruction and
      restoration of these resources; and, be it further

      RESOLVED, That the American Library Association take leadership in
      recommending that IFLA establish a study group on Palestinian
      libraries and cultural institutions, and establish a mechanism for
      providing assistance to Palestinian libraries and cultural
      institutions; and, be it further

      RESOLVED, That the International Relations Committee of the American
      Library Association is hereby charged with implementing this
      resolution and will report back to Council at Midwinter 2003.

      Adopted by the Council of the American Library Association June 19,

      Copyright © 2002, American Library Association.
      Last Modified: Monday, 16-Dec-2002 10:31:21 CST




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