Monday, May 24, 2010

OECD rewards Israel’s occupation

Despite Israel’s ongoing occupation of Palestinian lands, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development recently agreed to let it join, writes Brian Napoletano.

Socialist Worker, May 20, 2010

THE GOVERNMENTS of the 31 member states of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) all agreed on May 10 that Israel’s illegal occupation of the Palestinian territories, its institutionalized discrimination against non-Jewish citizens, and its multiple alleged war crimes will not disqualify the state from joining the ranks of the world’s strongest economic powers.

The only reservations these issues raised among the member countries were those expressed by Switzerland, Ireland and Norway–who pointed out that some of Israel´s economic data was misleading because it aggregated statistics in the Occupied Palestinian Territories with its internal statistics.

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