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The part of Israel so often blocked from American eyesight..... Deep unease as Israel celebrates its 60th anniversary By Jean Shaoul 8 May 2008  Today, crohn's disease Israel marks the 60th anniversary, crohn's disease according to the Hebrew calendar, crohn's disease of its founding. Crohn's disease World leaders will endorse the event with a major international conference in Jerusalem on May 14-16, crohn's disease the actual date of its founding. Crohn's disease It will be attended by United States President George W. Crohn's disease Bush, crohn's disease former president of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev, crohn's disease Former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger, crohn's disease 12 heads of state, crohn's disease media and business tycoon Rupert Murdoch and Google’s co-founder Sergey Brin. The official celebrations—aeronautical displays, crohn's disease a naval review along the Mediterranean coast, crohn's disease and mass parachute drops—illustrate the character of Israel as a garrison state that polices the region on behalf of US imperialism. Despite the celebrations, crohn's disease not one of the commentators outside or within Israel has been able to disguise the deep sense of unease and disillusionment that pervades Israel. Crohn's disease Many Israelis had opposed a flamboyant celebration: an online petition calling for a scaling back of expenditure achieved 90, crohn's disease000 signatures by the end of March against the original target of 10, crohn's disease000. Crohn's disease As a result, crohn's disease the government was forced to announce that 35 percent of the $28 million budget—far less than the $70 million spent on the 50th anniversary in 1998—would be spent on educational, crohn's disease infrastructure and remembrance projects. Neither could commentators fail to contrast this with how the Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, crohn's disease the squalid refugee camps of Lebanon, crohn's disease Syria and Jordan, crohn's disease and in the Diaspora, crohn's disease regard the event. For them, crohn's disease the creation of Israel, crohn's disease which they call the Naqba, crohn's disease or catastrophe, crohn's disease is synonymous with the forcible expulsion and flight of more than 700, crohn's disease000 Palestinians from their homes, crohn's disease and the start of a life of exile and poverty. Crohn's disease Their property was expropriated and they were not allowed to return. Crohn's disease Today, crohn's disease the original refugees and their descendants as well as those who became refugees after the 1967 war now number around 4.5 million. On the occasion of Israel’s anniversary, crohn's disease Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza face a three-day lockdown. Crohn's disease Public sector workers and students will stop work at 11 a.m. Crohn's disease to join rallies in the West Bank and Gaza. Crohn's disease Sirens will start a two-minute silence at noon. (snip) Behind the smokescreen of the US-sponsored “peace process, crohn's disease” and with the complicity of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, crohn's disease Israel has further consolidated its land-grab in the West Bank. Crohn's disease The government has encircled Jerusalem with settlements that will make it impossible for Palestinians to live in and travel to and from Jerusalem, crohn's disease much less make any part of its capital in any putative state. Crohn's disease At the same time, crohn's disease Israel has waged war against the Gaza Strip, crohn's disease assassinated its opponents, crohn's disease killed hundreds of Palestinians and inflicted illegal and cruel collective punishment on the entire population. Crohn's disease It has laid siege to Gaza in order to starve the Palestinians into submission. Crohn's disease Once again, crohn's disease however, crohn's disease Israel’s inhuman and illegal actions against the Palestinians have served to increase support for Hamas and political Islam and have sickened the majority of Israelis who want a peaceful settlement with the Palestinians.   Social schisms The last, crohn's disease and in may ways most important, crohn's disease factor in generating the public unease surrounding the anniversary is the phenomenal growth of social differences in Israel as a result of the free-market policies pursued by successive governments. Crohn's disease Privatisation, crohn's disease pension, crohn's disease and welfare reform, crohn's disease budget and tax cuts, crohn's disease and deregulation have turned the dream of the egalitarianism and collectivism, crohn's disease once proclaimed as the raison d’etre of a national home for the Jews, crohn's disease into a nightmare. Israel’s economy is entirely dependent upon financial support from the US and preferential trade agreements. Crohn's disease Its high-tech industries, crohn's disease biotech, crohn's disease nanotech, crohn's disease smart materials, crohn's disease alternative energy and arms are geared towards the US and Europe. Crohn's disease But while economic growth has been more than 3 percent a year for the last four years, crohn's disease Israel’s new wealth is highly concentrated. Crohn's disease The Gini coefficient, crohn's disease measuring income inequality, crohn's disease has risen continually, crohn's disease ranking Israel as one of the most unequal states in the developed world. Because Israel is so heavily dependent on Washington’s subventions, crohn's disease this situation is set to worsen dramatically as the economic crisis takes its toll on the US budget. In addition to the growing social polarisation, crohn's disease Israel is split along ethnic, crohn's disease religious, crohn's disease and ideological lines. Crohn's disease Fully 20 percent of the Israeli population are Arabs, crohn's disease who are treated as second-class citizens. Crohn's disease Their refugee relatives cannot return to Israel, crohn's disease whereas Jews abroad automatically qualify for citizenship. Crohn's disease (snip) Those Jews whose families came from the Middle East and North Africa are also treated as second-class citizens, crohn's disease when compared to those from Europe. Crohn's disease (snip) These social and political developments have undermined the central pillar of Zionism, crohn's disease its demand for national political unity against those deemed to be the external “enemies” of the Jewish people. Crohn's disease As such, crohn's disease they threaten the country’s political and social stability. (snip) All this is a far cry from the secure economic future that the Zionist dream seemed to offer the Jewish people 60 years ago. Crohn's disease It is this that underpins the increasing disillusionment with Israel today.