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BTL:Cycle of Middle East Violence Continues as...
08 Aug 2002
...Malnutrition Among Palestinian Children Worsens.Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Phyllis Bennis a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies.
Cycle of Middle East Violence Continues as Malnutrition Among Palestinian Children Worsens

Interview with Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies,
conducted by Scott Harris

Violence between Palestinians and Israelis intensified in the week following the Sharon government's decision to bomb a crowded neighborhood in Gaza. City. When an Israeli F-16 dropped a one-ton bomb on a building, killing the military leader of Hamas and 14 others including nine children, militant Palestinian groups vowed retaliation. Days later they struck back with the bombing of a cafeteria at Hebrew Uninversity, a shooting in Jerusalem and a suicide bombing of a commuter bus resulting in more than a dozen Israelis killed and scores injured.

In response, Israel launched a rocket attack against a Gaza City metal factory that the army says was being used as a bomb-making factory. The military also imposed harsh travel restrictions in the West Bank, aggravating an already desperate situation for many Palestinian civilians as described in a recent report issued by the U.S. Agency for International Development. A survey for U.S. AID found that 22 percent of Palestinian children, between the ages of six months to five years, are malnourished while 13 percent of Palestinian children were suffering from acute malnutrition.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Phyllis Bennis a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, who discusses the deadly cycle of violence plaguing the Middle East and the causes of malnutrition among Palestinian children.

Contact the Institute for Policy Studies by calling (202) 234-9382 or visit their Web site at
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