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Professor: Gaza violence rooted in poverty

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Dr. Brian Parkinson, Georgia Southwestern State University Dr. Brian Parkinson, Georgia Southwestern State University

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

January 6, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - At least 30 people were killed, many of them children, as gunfire continued Tuesday in Gaza, outside a U.N. school where Palestinians sought refuge.

An Israeli official says militants hiding in the school had been shooting at Israeli troops. The official also says Palestinian munitions were being stored in the building and there were multiple explosions.

In Americus, Dr. Brian Parkinson, at Georgia Southwestern State University, is watching the violence closely. He has Arab friends in the region and says the violence is a result of economic conditions.

"The people of Gaza have an extraordinarily high unemployment rate and they have no hope, and when you have no hope, you're more likely to turn to something radical to get attention." Parkinson said.

Parkinson believes both sides have to be willing to go the extra mile that they haven't. He also said Israel has to do more in terms of pulling out of the West Bank, on the Arab side they have to renounce violence. This semester Parkinson is teaching a seminar on the Arab-Israeli dispute.

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