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VOA常速英语2008年-UN: Peace Process Doomed Without Goodwill Betwe

时间:2008-02-22 05:57来源:互联网 提供网友:ERICGYK   字体: [ ]
By Lisa Schlein
14 February 2008

UNRWA, the U.N. Relief And Works Agency for Palestinian refugees, warns the peace process in the Middle East is doomed1 unless the cycle of Palestinian rocket attacks and Israeli border closures stop. A senior UNRWA official tells VOA that heavy-handed Israeli tactics are radicalizing young Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and this does not bode2 well for peace. Lisa Schlein reports for VOA from Geneva.

UNRWA notes there is an increasing gap between the rhetoric3 of peace and the reality on the ground. It says the tit-for-tat retaliatory4 measures pursued by Israel's government and Palestinian militants5 in Gaza are causing a crisis which is destroying the lives and livelihoods6 of ordinary people in the Palestinian territory.

In an interview, UNRWA's Deputy Commissioner7 General, Filippo Grandi, tells VOA it is important for both sides to create an atmosphere conducive8 to peace.

"This includes the launching of rockets," said Grandi. "The United Nations and UNRWA have condemned9 many times the launching of rockets. This is something that should not happen. That is a violation10 of international humanitarian11 law and affects the lives of civilians12. So, this should also stop in this effort to bring peace to the region."

Grandi says the closure of crossing points from Israel into the Gaza Strip and the lack of freedom of movement is causing social and economic distress13 in the lives of Palestinians in Gaza. And, this ends up alienating14 and radicalizing young people.

"This is a longer term risk that we hope the Israeli government will consider because a radicalized, very large young population without access to employment, without opportunities, without ability to move is a bombshell on the banks of the Mediterranean," said Grandi. "And, nobody should want that. And, what is happening now is creating this problem I would even venture to say it is a political disaster waiting to happen."

Grandi says the private sector15 in Gaza is almost dead. He says the closure of the border crossings has virtually stopped the export of all agricultural produce and other goods.

"We are alienating young people who would be the future of the Gaza Strip, who would be politically moderate, who would be in favor of a democratic system, who would be in favor of all that we say Palestine should be in the future," said Grandi. "And, yet we are undermining them and not allowing them to prosper16."

The UNRWA official says these young people either will leave Gaza to seek opportunities elsewhere. Or, some will remain and become disillusioned17 and radicalized. This, he warns, would be dangerous and a missed opportunity for peace and stability.


1 doomed EuuzC1     
  • The court doomed the accused to a long term of imprisonment. 法庭判处被告长期监禁。
  • A country ruled by an iron hand is doomed to suffer. 被铁腕人物统治的国家定会遭受不幸的。
2 bode tWOz8     
  • These figures do not bode well for the company's future.这些数字显示出公司的前景不妙。
  • His careful habits bode well for his future.他那认真的习惯预示著他会有好的前途。
3 rhetoric FCnzz     
  • Do you know something about rhetoric?你懂点修辞学吗?
  • Behind all the rhetoric,his relations with the army are dangerously poised.在冠冕堂皇的言辞背后,他和军队的关系岌岌可危。
4 retaliatory XjUzzo     
  • The process can take years before the WTO approves retaliatory action. 在WTO通过此行动之前,这个程序恐怕要等上一阵子了。 来自互联网
  • Retaliatory tariffs on China are tantamount to taxing ourselves as a punishment. 将惩罚性关税强加于中国相当于对我们自己实施课税惩罚。 来自互联网
5 militants 3fa50c1e4338320d8495907fdc5bdbaf     
激进分子,好斗分子( militant的名词复数 )
  • The militants have been sporadically fighting the government for years. 几年来,反叛分子一直对政府实施零星的战斗。
  • Despite the onslaught, Palestinian militants managed to fire off rockets. 尽管如此,巴勒斯坦的激进分子仍然发射导弹。
6 livelihoods 53a2f8716b41c07918d6fc5d944b18a5     
生计,谋生之道( livelihood的名词复数 )
  • First came the earliest individualistic pioneers who depended on hunting and fishing for their livelihoods. 走在最前面的是早期的个人主义先驱者,他们靠狩猎捕鱼为生。 来自英汉非文学 - 政府文件
  • With little influence over policies, their traditional livelihoods are threatened. 因为马赛族人对政策的影响力太小,他们的传统生计受到了威胁。
7 commissioner gq3zX     
  • The commissioner has issued a warrant for her arrest.专员发出了对她的逮捕令。
  • He was tapped for police commissioner.他被任命为警务处长。
8 conducive hppzk     
  • This is a more conducive atmosphere for studying.这样的氛围更有利于学习。
  • Exercise is conducive to good health.体育锻炼有助于增强体质。
9 condemned condemned     
adj. 被责难的, 被宣告有罪的 动词condemn的过去式和过去分词
  • He condemned the hypocrisy of those politicians who do one thing and say another. 他谴责了那些说一套做一套的政客的虚伪。
  • The policy has been condemned as a regressive step. 这项政策被认为是一种倒退而受到谴责。
10 violation lLBzJ     
  • He roared that was a violation of the rules.他大声说,那是违反规则的。
  • He was fined 200 dollars for violation of traffic regulation.他因违反交通规则被罚款200美元。
11 humanitarian kcoxQ     
  • She has many humanitarian interests and contributes a lot to them.她拥有很多慈善事业,并作了很大的贡献。
  • The British government has now suspended humanitarian aid to the area.英国政府现已暂停对这一地区的人道主义援助。
12 civilians 2a8bdc87d05da507ff4534c9c974b785     
平民,百姓( civilian的名词复数 ); 老百姓
  • the bloody massacre of innocent civilians 对无辜平民的血腥屠杀
  • At least 300 civilians are unaccounted for after the bombing raids. 遭轰炸袭击之后,至少有300名平民下落不明。
13 distress 3llzX     
  • Nothing could alleviate his distress.什么都不能减轻他的痛苦。
  • Please don't distress yourself.请你不要忧愁了。
14 alienating a75c0151022d87fba443c8b9713ff270     
v.使疏远( alienate的现在分词 );使不友好;转让;让渡(财产等)
  • The phenomena of alienation are widespread. Sports are also alienating. 异化现象普遍存在,体育运动也不例外。 来自互联网
  • How can you appeal to them without alienating the mainstream crowd? 你是怎么在不疏忽主流玩家的情况下吸引住他们呢? 来自互联网
15 sector yjczYn     
  • The export sector will aid the economic recovery. 出口产业将促进经济复苏。
  • The enemy have attacked the British sector.敌人已进攻英国防区。
16 prosper iRrxC     
  • With her at the wheel,the company began to prosper.有了她当主管,公司开始兴旺起来。
  • It is my earnest wish that this company will continue to prosper.我真诚希望这家公司会继续兴旺发达。
17 disillusioned Qufz7J     
  • I soon became disillusioned with the job. 我不久便对这个工作不再抱幻想了。
  • Many people who are disillusioned in reality assimilate life to a dream. 许多对现实失望的人把人生比作一场梦。
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