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By popularitybecauseofnetwork's publicly against gay marriage, onekid, Tormented.Imsorryfor decision to show Raisman with "Suck my ***** chick filet- anyone who went thru it." Her Wieber in the background), in nazi chicken ****ing ***cks." 36,000followers(nowknownas, which she expressed her hap- Lovely. Upset Twitter followers nojoke, Beerbabes)immediately piness and surprise at reaching began ' rolling" her l vitter and responded by saying that they the finals. And then it was her responding with hateful com- axe all jealous and that she is parents, Ricky and Lynn, who ments, whichmadeBarrgoeven perfect. stole the show in a video that further below the belt in tweets For more Jewish celebrity showsthemanxiouslyobserving thatinvolvedChristians, cancer news, visit 6nobacorLcom, the herroutinefromthestands.The andAWAC.Shelaterapologized, illegitimate child of JTA. video became an instant hit on Cardboard bicycle for all! the IntemeL An Israeli man came out with economy ts By Ben Sales cautions, two fundamental And, the report continued, the challenges are bringing those public sector takes up too large JERUSALEM (JTA)--Mitt numbers down now: the Pal- ashareofPalestinianGDP--27 Romney may have caused a estinian Authority's ongoing percent in2010---asopposedto storm of criticism by asserting financial crisis and political agriculture or industry. that"culture makes all the dif- instability resulting from the AbdullahsaysthePAremains ference" between the success of Israeli-Palestinian conflict, hamstrunginpartbecauseIsra- theIsraelieconomyandthePal- Last month the Palestinian elhasperiodicallywithheldlarge estinians' economic struggles. Authority faced a budget short- portions of taxes it collects from But the near future of the fall that would have rendered Gaza, which is controlled by Palestinian economy is even it unable to pay employees' Hamas, a terrorist organization far less rosy than he suggested, salaries. The PA closed the gap that vows to destroy Israel. He During a speech July 30 in with a $100 million loan from adds that Israeli settlement Jerusalemataclosedfundraiser, Saudi Arabia, but heavy reli- expansion "makes the whole Romney reportedly credited ance on foreign donations and situation tense and dangerous." Israel's GDP being much higher low tax returns mean that the Both the World Bank and than that of the Palestinians to PA's problems remain far from Abdullah say that Palestinian "thepowerofatleastcultureand solved, political and economic "stag- a few other things," including a "There is a lot of aid that nation" have the same cure: an strongpro-businessclimate, the should be paid that is not paid," Israeli-Palestinian peace treaty. travails of overcoming Jewish Abdullah said. He also claimed "The private sector is in bad history's blows and the "hand that the PA owes businesses in shape as a result of political of providence." theprivatesector $400 millionto instability coming from the end The bleak forecast goes be- $600 million for services, which of the peace process," Abdullah yond Romney's overestimation is taking an additional toll on said. "The political atmosphere of Palestinian per capita gross Palestinian development, remainsunpredictable.The pri- domestic product of $10,000; EvenaftertheSaudiloan, the vate sector is hesitant to invest." it's actually hovering justabove PAreceivedharshcriticismfrom But there may be signs of $1,500, according to the Pales- the World Bank, which noted in hope.IsraelandthePAsignedan tinian Central Bureau of Statis- a July 25 report that %Vhile the agreement on July 31 that aims tics. Not only that but the most Palestinian Authority has had toreducePalestiniantaxevasion recent CIA Factbook estimated considerable success in build- and allows the Palestinians to Palestinian unemployment at ing the institutions of a future collectsometaxesdirectly.Previ- 23.5 percent. By comparison, state, it has made less progress ously, IsraelcollectedPalestinian Israel has a per capita GDP of in developing a sustainable taxes and transferred them to $31,400 with unemployment economic base." the PA. at 5.6 percent, according to the John Nasir, the report's lead And while on a smaller scale Factbook. author, saidinanaccompanying than Israel, Palestinians have Moreover, a Palestinian gov- statement that the Palestinian a small, burgeoning high-tech ernment financial crisis and economy"iscurrentlynotstrong sector. In fact, it has enjoyed a politicalinstabilitylikelyrneans enoughtosupportsuchastate." 64 percent increase in foreign thatthePalestinianeconomy"is Thereportrepresentedastark business since 2009, according slowing down after four years of departure from one issued last to the GuardiarL The industry, solidgrowth"saidSamirAbdul- year by the bank saying that the the newspaper reported, has lah, the director general of the PalestinianAuthoritywas'S eg morethanquintupledasashare Palestinian Economic Policy positionedfortheestablishment of PalestinianGDPfrom2008to Research Institute. of a state at any point in the near 2010, fromless than 1percent to Despite being so low today, future: 5 pe ent Palestinian GDP grew by nearly Blame for the downturn,Whisisdefinitelyaveryposi- 10 percent in 2011, according according to the newer report, tire element,"Abdullah said. "It to the Palestinian Statistics lies with Israel's occupation will use our human capital, and Bureau. Overall it leapt forward of the West Bank, which hin- therewill be hope for the future bymorethan7percentbetween ders Palestinian growth with Palestinianeconomy, whichwill 2007 and 2011, according to "constraints on movement of very much depend on human the World Bank. But, Abdullah people and acce to resources." capital."