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|CIAO Focus, October 2005: Pulling Out of Gaza|
For Palestinians living in the newly "liberated" Gaza Strip, the future looks far from rosy. More than half of all Gazans reside in refugee camps and the territory's population is set to double over the next 15 years. In addition, Israel's plan to phase out all Palestinian workers in Israel by 2008 threatens to all but sink Gaza's economy, which has already been devastated by the frequent border closures initiated at the outbreak of the second Palestinian uprising (Intifada) in 2000. Gaza's economic survival will depend on a number of factors including the continued largess of the international donor community, Israel's willingness to let goods and labor through the territory's tightly controlled borders, and the Palestinian Authority's efficacy in dealing with the mounting unemployment crisis.
From CIAO's database:
The Gaza Withdrawal: Implications For Israel and The Region
Israel in the Territories: From Disengagement to Settlements
The Bush Administration and the Arab-Israeli Conflict: The Record of its First Four Years (PDF)
Paralysis over Palestine: Questions of Strategy
Sharon's Disengagement Plan: A Likud Perspective
The Israeli-Palestinian Roadmap: What a Settlement Freeze Means And Why it Matters (PDF)
Palestine, Israel and the Arab-Israeli Conflict: A Primer
CIA World Factbook: The Gaza Strip
Municipality of Gaza
Palestinian Refugees: Implications of Israeli Disengagement from Gaza
Roadmap for Peace in the Middle East: Israeli/Palestinian Reciprocal Action, Quartet Support
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