Oppression felt by local Arab Palestinians in Gaza is caused by fellow Arabs, and not Israel.
The article confirmed what a small handful of Western reporters have had the integrity to reveal of late: Gaza really isn’t under siege, and that any oppression felt by local Arab Palestinians is caused by fellow Arabs, and not Israel.
In stark contrast to regular Western media reports of widespread deprivation and destitution in Gaza, Ashraf Abu al-Houl reported that “a sense of absolute prosperity prevails, as manifested by the grand resorts along and near Gaza’s coast.”
Al-Houl also wrote that “the sight of the merchandise and luxuries filling Gaza shops amazed me.“Not only that, but al-Houl quickly discovered that most goods can be bought in Gaza for much cheaper than in Egypt because in Gaza “supply is much greater than demand.”
In other words, Israel is not causing an economic or humanitarian crisis in Gaza.
There is reports of widespread poverty in Gaza. But this is the product of corruption and a wide gap between the “haves” and “have-nots.”
Al-Houl interviewed political activist Mustafa Ibrahim, who noted that around 20 percent of Gazans control nearly all the wealth in the territory, and nearly all of them are affiliated closely with the ruling Hamas movement. The wealthy Gazans invest heavily in the leisure industry and spend lavishly, while charging outrageous fees for basic luxuries like visiting local beaches.
Among the rest of the population, unemployment is approximately 45 percent. Those those are the Gazans constantly featured by the Western media as the products of so-called “Israeli oppression.”
Translation of the article was provided by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).
Source: Israeli Magazine, Israel Today
When an Arab raise accusations against a Jew, it is all but normal. But if an Arab journalist try to tell us that the Jews are not the culprits, we better pay attention.
Is it possible that the TV-images we receive only display the”political correctness”, selected to defame Israel?
Would Hamas ever get International support for their Jihad against Israel, if the World did not believe there was a humanitarian crisis in Gaza?
There has to be some rubble here and there, so the media will buy the Islamic story.
The images from Darfur in Sudan, is an example of a Humanitarian crisis, created by an Islamic state.
What will be natural side effects of a humanitarian crisis? How will the misery manifest it self in the culture and society?
Can there be luxury, peace, joy on the beaches of a society “crippled” by a claimed humanitarian crisis?
Again, the truth lies in the pudding. Lets take a look at some fresh pictures, from the beaches of Gaza. Do not look at each single picture. But try to get the full picture.
First published: 31.07.2010.
Written by Ivar