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Wow. That’s a rather nice refugee camp.

July 20, 2010

A brand new mall.

Fancy restaurants.

An olympic-sized pool.

Open air fruit markets.

All in Gaza. Could someone please explain why they need a relief flotilla?

See for yourself at Tom Gross’s Mideast Media Analysis.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. muslima permalink
    July 20, 2010 11:18 pm

    Yes, this is why:

    “According to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, Unrwa, 80% of Gazan households rely on some kind of food aid. ”

    “At times, petrol and diesel shortages have caused major problems. Donkey carts are a common sight in Gaza. Vehicle fuel enters from Egypt through the tunnels.”

    “Power cuts remain frequent. Research by Oxfam in April 2010 showed houses across Gaza without power for 35-60 hours a week. ”

    “The WHO says Operation Cast Lead worsened an already bad situation. Before the operation, it says Gazans had only half the water they needed according to international standards, and 80% of water supplied did not meet WHO drinking standards.

    At the height of the January fighting, half of Gaza’s population had no access to piped water.”

    “Before the blockade, 3,900 industrial premises were operating, employing 35,000 people – by June 2008, only 90 were still functioning, employing only 860, according to the Palestinian Trade Center. The situation improved slightly during the truce.”

    “The UN’s FAO says $180m of trees, fields, livestock, greenhouses and nurseries were destroyed during operation Cast Lead. The Palestinian Authority estimates 15% of agricultural land was destroyed.”

    “The UN says restrictions on cement have made the reconstruction of 12,000 Palestinian homes damaged or destroyed in Israeli military operations “impossible”.”

    “The World Health Organization says the blockade has led to a general “worsening of the health conditions of the population” and “accelerated the degeneration” of the health system.”

    Read the complete article here

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