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Political Breakfast with John Ging

Berlin, July 1, 2010

John Ging, Head of Operations of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in Gaza, met with members of the German Bundestag, representatives of federal ministries, government agencies and selected think tanks to discuss the current situation in Gaza. The discussion focused on the Israeli policy towards Gaza as well as on policy options for the international community and current trends in the inner-Palestinian political discourse.

In his opening statement Ging called on Israel to lift its blockade of Gaza. This was the only way of suppressing the black market, which is currently an important basis for the economic power of Hamas. A normal market would lead to an urgently needed economic recovery in Gaza, and the ensuing improvement in living conditions might perhaps reduce the population’s susceptibility to extremist ideologies. In the discussion Ging asked the international community to support the reform-oriented forces in the Palestinian population and government.

Körber Foundation regularly invites a small circle of high-ranking actors within Berlin’s foreign policy community to its Political Background Discussions. As in the Bergedorf Round Tables, the discussions take place shielded from the public, so as to enable a confidential, frank, and constructive exchange.

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