The Gaza “Strip Mall”


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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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  • Brandon

    Clearly every county with a mall automatically has no poverty or hardship anywhere in its boarders.

    • Stephen D.

      I would say every county with a mall isn't overly concerned with seeking aid from the UN for its intollerable abysmal lack of life sustaining food stuffs. So, if you define "poverty" as lacking the basic necessities of sustaining human life than yes, every county with a mall automatically has no poverty…you dolt.

    • http://www.sandp500analysis.com Norrin

      No, but it's hard to imagine a humanitarian crisis in a country that's building a shopping mall. Just think how developed Gaza would be if they stopped spending their time promoting hate, and actually developed their land?

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Dar_al_Harb LibertyLover

      No, you have a point. Perhaps the rich Muslims who shop in the mall are exploiting their own poor in order to score PR points.

    • Victor

      Bdandon here is some more, detaild report on the situation in GAZA for your benefit.
      http://www.tomgrossmedia.com/mideastdispatches/ar

      every city (gasa isnt a couuntry) that have grocery stors full of goods, markers with mounteins of fruit , vegitables, frash fish & meets. that have money to make KASSAM rockets . isnt crying HUMANITERIAN CRISSES ! (unless u r just making a political statment or defroding the stupid people in the world!!!)
      do u want to see real humaniterian crisses check rowonda, bosnia,chechnia, the list is endless just GAZA in not on this list~!

    • Kafir Lover

      Just in case you may think this is "Zionist propaganda" how about this from the horses mouth (PAL website) http://www.paltoday.ps/arabic/News-64161.html

      or what about the famous Roots restaurant in Gaza here:
      http://www.rootsclub.ps/movie.php

      Hmm.. no "Zionists" to be found here either and where does all this food come from?

  • Walid

    Of course it was the death of "Manee Singmueangphon, a Thai worker who was was murdered by a Gaza qassam rocket in nearby Netiv Ha’asara that very same day" that was the sore. The 1400 Palestinians don't count as humans to the author and there is no need to mention their deaths but ignore them because there was a mall in Gaza. This is such a slap on the face to see Gazans living like the rest of the world and having a mall that has "opening day sales". And as for "the efforts Israel has made to try to improve the economy in Gaza — and all the efforts Hamas has made to block them" then I think we should thank Israel for blocking those terrorists on the aid flotilla ships that carried dangerous medicines and for donating the mall.

    • S. HaLevi

      Listen Walid and listen well.
      We do not owe out of our taxes to keep you people fed, medicated, with water, electricity, fuel, transport and even cash, understand?
      The sickos in the oil bandwaggon sold that irrational pile of shinola to you as a "right". Forget it. Much as you and they invented and non existent "pilistinean" name for you, they also invented "right".
      No. Your rights you earn working, studying, developing, and living in peace, not murdering each other or others as the occassion may be.
      More and more of us are now at the point when we want to cut all electricity, water and other resources going your way.
      Further. Time to listen again. The present format here will change and we will not hesitate to act harshly against anyone of your many front organizations that fire rockets or mortars into Israel or infiltrate to attack or kidnap.
      Now put all that in pipe and smoke it and pass it along my friend. It may well be that doing that will help some of you to understand.
      Time is up.

    • Larry

      Are you aware that in the last three months more Muslim men, women and children were murdered by fellow Muslims then were killed in the Gaza war with Israel. I guess your concern is not over the dead Muslims but rather who does the killing. If Arabs blow up Arabs that's fine. If Israel goes to war and kills Arab terrorists that's not fine. Once an anti-semite always an anti=semite.

    • http://www.sandp500analysis.com Norrin

      I think you're missing the obvious point, and purposefully taking a sentence and distorting it. Just type in muslims hate jews into you tube and watch some clips from Saudi and Hamas TV. Then come back and talk about respecting life.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Dar_al_Harb LibertyLover

      If the cowards in Hamas and Hezbulla didn't hide behind women and children to launch their attacks, fewer "civilians" would be injured or killed. The people in Gaza who fire Kasam rockets into Israel are to chickenshit to be suicide bombers, so they risk their own people to save their own miserable cowardly butts.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Dar_al_Harb LibertyLover

      Hamas and Hezbulla are cowards. They hide behind thier women and children and then cry atrocity when they are attacked in return for their terrorism.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Dar_al_Harb LibertyLover

      Gaza is very fortunate that I am not PM of Israel. I would target the fire control radar to plot a back-azimuth to the launch point and send 10 surface-to-surface missles for every missle Hamas fires into Israel.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/MixMChess MixMChess

      "The 1400 Palestinians don't count as humans to the author and there is no need to mention their deaths but ignore them because there was a mall in Gaza."

      The over 700 who were identified as Hamas operatives should legitimately be ignored.

      "I think we should thank Israel for blocking those terrorists on the aid flotilla ships that carried dangerous medicines and for donating the mall."

      We should thank Israel! Especially, since there was no aid on the flotilla ships, only weapons, concrete to build smuggling tunnels and stacks of cash for Hamas. Perhaps Hamas had the mall built to spend all that money?

  • Barbi Rose

    And where do you live Walid? Certainly not in Gaza and obviously you did not read the point of the article but rather decided to dredge up the ole Muslim Propaganda machine for the poor deprived Muslims of Gaza and how the Palestinians are so deprived and innocent and how Hamas is such a group of nice people….really. However if you were right this Mall could not exist thus as usual you are wrong.

  • DogWithoutSlippers

    We been had!~

  • zaborsky

    wallid yeh khou el sharmouta ,wallid yeh menyouky,
    wallid go 2 gaza and by by 4ever

  • Antonio Singh

    I m tired of constant bashing of the muslim, everywhere is trample on basic rights of oppressed muslim. So they have the mall for shopping, I bet they have no food, which is why the buying of clothes because no food for purchase. I see this book on amzon too which bashes the muslim, and has no right for existing because hurts muslim and mock the most holy prophet muhammad, peace be upon him.
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003V8BSTU

    I think this going to be funny read about grocery store, but author mocks muhammad mercilessly, this is you not should be allow to do, just because of can. Maybe I write book about the summer camp and mocking of jesus, what you do then? I telling amazon to take down book, I bet you no buy in stripping mall in gaza, for sure.

    • Stephen D.

      What??? Did this even make sense to you when you wrote it?? Of course, we all buy clothes when we have no food.
      Another DOLT.
      With idiots like this it should be a cake walk to clear them out…if only we could get out of our own way with this P.C. BS.

      • Antonio Singh

        Of course you are not of the understanding of the deflationary jew, for you are infidel dog of fornication. The palestine they have no food, and soon jew deflation currency, so palestine smart enough to buy clothes for barter of food when food available sometime, maybe after flotilla. Clothes still worth same, more than currency. is simply the economia, teach in the school grade.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Draza Draza

      Of Course If a person can't buy food he goes out and buys a new pair of Nikes. Or maybe a new Rolls Royce.

      As for the so called holy prophet – more aptly called a pedophile rapist, bloody butcher who if were around today would have been in an insane asylum getting regular shock treatments.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Dar_al_Harb LibertyLover

      Drivel from an apostate Sikh.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/MixMChess MixMChess

      "So they have the mall for shopping, I bet they have no food, which is why the buying of clothes because no food for purchase."

      Gazans have plenty of food, just look here (image courtesy of Islamic Jihad):
      http://www.shalomlife.com/eng/img.php?s=images/it

      "Maybe I write book about the summer camp and mocking of jesus, what you do then?"

      Too late, there are plenty of books, movies and other forms of mass media that openly mock Jesus and other religions. Only Islam is off limits!

    • Martin K.

      Well “ Singh” I'm for one fed up with the lie that Jews “stole the land of the mulsims” in what is today known as “Israel”. Hey how much land did the family of Arafat who was born in Kairo (Egypt in case you don't know) OWN IN Israel? I bet my bottom dollar that they did not own even a plot to build a single House there. Yet he (and many others like him) claim that “their land was stolen from the Zionist/Jews”! Or all the other people who moved from muslim countries, when Israel was formed, did they come into the country carrying a piece of paper declaring they OWNED land there? When the Jews moved into the land, so did a whole lot of muslims, some came with the notion to better their lives, others just to counter the number of Jews. Are you aware of the fact that since the creation of Israel nearly one Million Jews were driven from muslim countries, like Yemen, where they lived as a people for nearly 2000 years, if not longer!

  • seels4truth

    Nobody needs to make fun of Mohammed; he did a fine job of it himself. Being a rapist, a murdering thug and a pedophile is is enough to disqualify the pig from being a religious leader. Having a mall is incongruous with the philosophy being espoused by Hamas. Hamas prefers death over life. Gazan Arabs care little for other Arabs being killed daily by suicide bombers. All Gazan Arabs pray for is death for Jews. Gazan Arabs had a chance to build a viable city worthy of living in peace with both Egypt and Israel. They chose Hamas and death.

  • Diann

    I would comment, but you block every word that comes from me. Why??

  • JImmy

    You must see the video of the humanitarian crisis at the mall! http://elderofziyon.blogspot.com/2010/07/gaza-mal

  • Beezeebeez

    Show me photos of this MALL six months from now and then I'll give my opinion about it.

    • Martin K.

      Yeah sure Hamas will find reasons to tear it down, after all the illusion of the poor oppressed people in Gaza need to be fed to the world media. Or some will issue a fatwa forbidding shopping there as “un-islamic”.

  • Lothar Grüber

    "I see this book on amzon too which bashes the muslim, and has no right for existing because hurts muslim and mock the most holy prophet muhammad, peace be upon him. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003V8BSTU "

    I downloaded the free sample from that book that this guy linked to, and I didn't see anything about the pedophile muhammad, but the author clearly does not like muslims, and it was pretty funny, may have to check it out. Also–I think libertylover is correct, isn't Singh a Sikh name?

    • AtheistJoeFromTO

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singh

      Well, the overwhelmingly majority of 'Singhs' are Sikh, but many non-Sikh Singhs exist.

      Either way, that fella, if he's a muslim, should get himself a real muslim name. Something Arabic OBVIOUSLY.
      And don't forget to work allah into the name too!

      Bismallah
      Abdullah
      Ramullah
      Hezbollah
      and on and on……..

  • tha92106

    With a $1.47 Trillion ($1470 Billion or 1.47 Million Million!) FY10 budget deficit the US has no business funding a sewer like the UN. Welfare corrupts, and total welfare corrupts absolutely – witness the moral sewer that is Gaza.

  • Timmy

    I wonder how long someone would last if they opened a shop selling Christian, Jewish and other non-Muslim religious books and items? Someone would kill them and then burn down the shop probably destroying the entire mall in the process. But a shop selling Nazi books and paraphernalia would do great.

    • Heretic

      People can open other religious churches in Islam but they have to pay a Jitsja tax or something like that. Just to help prove your point.

  • ajax

    Jesus – you guys on this site do nothing but peddle hatred and predjudice. i would have thought if anyone knew how harmful, pointless, destructive and downright ignorant it is to do that, it would be the jews.

    blast back all you bullsh&t to this post – i've seen it happen here to anyone who tries to put forward a more peaceful or balanced (or truthful) view. i'm not coming back to this site – i've never been a great believer in fascism.

    • dennis

      How should one treat a group of people who have been raised from birth to hate and kill you because you are of a different religion or from a different country, that they refuse to recognize. Talk about Hate! We know who the Haters are, they are the ones trying to kill all of us, even our children.

  • Joel

    Ajax said…"Jesus – you guys on this site do nothing but peddle hatred and predjudice. i would have thought if anyone knew how harmful, pointless, destructive and downright ignorant it is to do that, it would be the jews. "

    … but I guess it's ok for Muslims to stand around shouting "death to Jews" and "Hitler was right" etc…?

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/muchiboy muchiboy

      "but I guess it's ok for Muslims to stand around shouting "death to Jews" and "Hitler was right" etc…?"

      No,it's not alright.But the criticism was directed to Jews,who one would have thought might have had more insight into such attitudes and actions having lived and died in the death camps and ghettos.Your response merely puts you on the same level as your foes.Understandably,but disappointing. Muchiboy

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/muchiboy muchiboy

    "residents of Gaza have just witnessed the grand opening of a new luxury shopping mall."

    Sometimes a pretty picture just doesn't tell the whole story.
    http://frontpagemag.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/0
    http://fcit.usf.edu/HOLOCAUST/gallery/11601.htm
    http://fcit.usf.edu/HOLOCAUST/gallery/11604.htm
    http://fcit.usf.edu/HOLOCAUST/gallery/85881.htm

    • Timmy

      Hitler got the idea of having Jews wear a yellow star from Muslims. Music is outlawed under Islam so your pictures don't make sense. However deluded the Nazis were with their camps it is clear from the pictures that they had not lost ALL of their humanity. Islam on the other hand seems to wring every last drop of humanness from the truly devoted, it drives even family to be willing to kill their own family members if they disavow Islam or Muhammad. It drives them to the point of being willing to blow themselves up just to kill Jews or other infidels. The horrid life that is life under Islam is not even alleviated by music, rather only the wretched evil screeching from the cheap speakers blasting at the call to prayer.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/muchiboy muchiboy

    "residents of Gaza have just witnessed the grand opening of a new luxury shopping mall.""Hitler got the idea of having Jews wear a yellow star from Muslims. Music is outlawed under Islam "

    I think we all must be vigilant when we perhaps unwittingly dehumanize another or others by blaming them for this and that.The Nazis did this when they had a dark agenda for the Jews.I notice this on FP with the Muslims and Palestinians.Muchiboy

  • dontbestupid

    To make it simple-Jews keep lying and people keep believing. That's what happen.It's their agenda.and this is their weapon

  • janice

    Ok,, my question is, WHO built this mall?

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