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Gaza under siege

Post by Zoya on Mon Dec 28, 2009 11:45 am

The Arabic-language PalToday website, based in Gaza, recently posted pictures showing a world of plenty for residents, despite more than two years of reports that the area is suffering from a humanitarian crisis (see English translation by Google). Needless to say, English-language version of this site did not publish the article.

Israeli site IsraelNationalNews.com provided the following information:

Towards the Eid ad Adha holiday, Israel allowed approximately 7,000 head of cattle into Gaza as well as electricity, communications and water
infrastructures, including bringing in equipment and repair teams to repair water and sewer facilities and to repair turbines and parts of the Gaza power station.

Last August, Israel renewed the supply of gasoline for private use, according to the standard determined by the High Court as the threshold sufficient for humanitarian needs. The military coordinator for supervising shipments into Gaza (COGAT) noted, “While the minimum quotas determined by the High Court are only partially filled because of the debts owed by the gas stations in Gaza to the Palestinian Authority, a decision was made by the Coordinator during the summer to meet the threshold set by the High Court.

“Cooking gas has been transferred to Gaza without restriction before, during and, of course, after Operation Cast Lead. It is important to note that the flow of diesel fuel to the power station continued to take place during and after Operation Cast Lead."

While Gaza authorities and foreign media reported that there were no building materials in Gaza and that residents were building houses out of mud, COGAT said it was prepared to coordinate the entrance of materials for repairing and sealing houses that were damaged during Operation Cast Lead.

Officials also said that construction has stopped because Hamas has taken workers from their jobs.

Other projects include approval of a German sewage plant, repair of a flour mill, restoring the American school and a project of greenhouses and chicken coops at the request of the United States Agency for International Development.

COGAT also noted, “The prevailing economy in Gaza is not an official economy but rather an economy of [smuggling] tunnels; there are no shortages in Gaza, but there is a problem of unemployment, primarily for civilians who are not close to Hamas and have no buying power."


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Life in Gaza

Post by Zoya on Thu May 27, 2010 1:39 am

As we are told, Gaza is starved of water and building materials and depends on humanitarian aid. Is that why the mainstream media are not writing about recent inauguration of an Olympic-sized swimming pool and luxury restaurants? It is interesting to note that the restaurants are patronized by such clients as United Nations Development Programme / Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People (UNDP/PAPP), United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), and UNICEF. I can't help but wonder if that is where UN officials meet with numerous journalists for interviews on despair and starvation in Gaza...
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Post by Zoya on Sun Oct 21, 2012 1:25 am

"Unremitting poverty" were the words that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon chose to describe the situation in Gaza in his remarks to the Human Rights Council in Geneva on September 10, 2012. So troubled was he by the Gazans' hardships that he devoted equal attention to their plight and the Syrian civil war where various estimates put the number of dead between 25,000 – 33,000, half of them civilians.

And, according to Reuters report, Gazans are suffering beyond all measure indeed... from the deficit of iPhone 5:

Apple's new iPhone 5 is selling well in the Gaza Strip despite inflated prices, reaching the Palestinian enclave via smuggling tunnels even before tech-mad Israel next door where the iPhone 5 will not be available until December. But the phones have been available for a couple of weeks in Gaza and they were on display in three independent mobile stores in a one-block radius in downtown Gaza City. Prices ranged from 4,500 Israeli shekels ($1,170) for the 16 gigabyte model to 5,700 ($1,480) for 64 gb. The iPhone 5, launched last month, sells for $650 and $850 in the 16 and 64 gigabyte versions in the United States.

So yes, Gaza is just like Auschwitz, where inmates could never get the latest cell phone model at a decent price.

As Commentary Magazine’s Evelyn Gordon correctly notes, "Gaza’s “humanitarian crisis” is a fiction propagated by UN bureaucrats, “human rights” organizations and complicit journalists." Shame on them!
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