3 thoughts on “UN Report Confirms Staggering Cost of Occupation to Palestinian Economy – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. This is a complicated topic, and I am not an economist. But this enters the realm of counterfactuals. While historical counterfactuals may be a useful rhetorical tool, or for making moral arguments, they really cannot be used as evidence for anything because the outcomes being measured are multifactorial. Changing just one variable and assuming everything would have stayed the same, is itself a problematic historical assumption. Therefore it is likely that many causal factors (which themselves are correlated) would have been different and thus the outcome is anybody’s guess.

    1. I “suppose you only refer to the graph on Israeli economic development with and without occupation? Because the detrimental effect on the Palestinian economy is hardly ‘anybody’s guess if you read stuff like this:
      “The confiscation of Palestinian land, water and other natural resources; loss of policy space; restrictions on the movement of people and goods; destruction of assets and the productive base; expansion of Israeli settlements; fragmentation of domestic markets; separation from international markets and forced dependence on the Israeli economy (… )Over the past forty years, the portion of the economy devoted to agriculture and industry dropped by more than half (from 37 to 18% of the overall economy) and the level of employment these sectors generated dropped from 47% to 23%. The largest employment sector is public jobs, which are funded by foreign aid, rather than by domestic economic activity.”


    2. @Yehudah: The UN rpt & Shir Hever offer hard data & judgments based on it. You offer nonsensical words like “contrafactual.”. Come back when you have something of real substance & don’t waste our time with gobbledy-gook.

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