Above: One of several popular water parks in the Palestinian territories. Journalists such as the Gaza-obsessed Chief Middle East Correspondent for the BBC, Jeremy Bowen, never seem to report on this aspect of Palestinian life.
GAZA LIKE THE WARSAW GHETTO? FAR FROM IT, SHOWS HAMAS
[Note by Tom Gross]
For years, these Middle East dispatches have highlighted lies told about Gaza by everyone from European government funded NGOs and British politicians, to some anti-Israel reporters at the New York Times and BBC. These lies have included allegations that life in Gaza is like life in the Warsaw Ghetto under the Nazis.
I have questioned the accuracy of statements such as Time magazine reporting “Please spare a thought for the starving Palestinians of Gaza. There are 1.5 million of them, most of them living hand to mouth” – or when former U.S. President and Nobel peace prize laureate Jimmy Carter says “the people in Gaza are literally starving”. (See, for example: Fancy restaurants and Olympic-size swim pools: what the media won’t report about Gaza.)
Now Hamas itself – in a video released as part of its campaign against Fatah for October’s municipal Palestinian elections – has produced this video showing the Gaza Strip under its rule, with Gazans holding up signs saying “Thank you Hamas.”
It is short and worth watching:
Being an election video aimed at Palestinians in the West Bank, naturally it doesn’t show the poor side of Gaza. (There is much poverty in Gaza too -- but there is of course also poverty in seedy parts of Paris and Rio and New York, Los Angeles and pretty much everywhere else, including in some parts of Israel.)
In any case conditions in Gaza are not, and have never been, in any way similar to a Nazi concentration camp, contrary to claims by some writers for the New York Times International edition and other prominent media, claims which have done much to stoke a revival of anti-Semitism in recent years.
-- Tom Gross
One of many swimming pools in Gaza
The Roots Club, one of many up-scale entertainment and dining venues which have opened in Gaza
A Palestinian man sells sandwiches in Gaza City during Eid al-Adha festivities. There is a Ferris wheel in the background.
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