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As the Gaza Strip Mall opened, Sky News reported on the “still dire” situation in the region. The article asserted: “The blockade has meant that only basics like flour, rice and sugar have been allowed into Gaza from Israel.” Interestingly enough, one does not see any of these items in the pictures of the Gaza Strip Mall’s grand opening.
Also on the day of the opening, UNRWA President John Ging stated that the people of Gaza “can’t afford to buy cans of Coca Cola from Israel.” But they can, apparently, afford new clothes, luxury hair products and children’s toys at their new mall. Let’s not forget, the UN gave nearly $200 million in aid to Gaza in the six months following Operation Cast Lead, while, in comparison, it gave only $10 million in aid to Haiti following the devastating earthquake there. Rather than spread disinformation, perhaps it would be wiser for the UN to investigate how that money was used. The international community should also be pressing for an account, especially in light of the fact that former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat stole billions of dollars worth of aid meant to improve the lives of his own people, and stashed the money in secret Swiss bank accounts.
The new Strip Mall also raises a serious question: what humanitarian crisis are the recent, news-grabbing international “aid” ships bound for? Does the Libyan dictator Qaddafi, who sent a ship of goods this past week, own a store in the mall?
Many people are tired of being fed continuous lies about Gaza. But if you happen to be one of those who is not, take the day off and enjoy a relaxing afternoon of shopping at the new Gaza Strip Mall.
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