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As the world continues to chastize Israel for allegedly causing material deprivation in the Gaza Strip, the residents of Gaza have just witnessed the grand opening of a new luxury shopping mall. The gigantic, futuristic complex is aptly called the “Strip Mall,” and in it, Gazans can peruse the finer amenities of the modern world in an atmosphere of comfort and security.
The day following the mall’s opening, the EU’s Senior Representative for Foreign Affairs, Catherine Ashton, called on Israel to lift its “blockade” of the Gaza Strip. Ashton’s call was no great surprise — coming from a person who, on her last visit to the region this past March, was in such a hurry to get to Gaza that she didn’t care to comment on Manee Singmueangphon, a Thai worker who was was murdered by a Gaza qassam rocket in nearby Netiv Ha’asara that very same day.
On this particular visit to Gaza, Ashton was apparently so overwhelmed by all the terrible sites of the well-promoted “humanitarian crisis” in Gaza, that she was unable to find the time to stop in to check the Strip Mall’s opening day sales. Nor did she have the time to look into all the efforts Israel has made to try to improve the economy in Gaza — and all the efforts Hamas has made to block them.
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