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“World’s Largest Open Air Concentration Camp” in Gaza Has Too Many Cars

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On March 8, 2013 @ 2:13 pm In The Point | 16 Comments


It’s a Kia Concentration Camp

As you already know, the “People of Gaza” are being starved to death by Israel. There’s no food, there’s no water, even the sun is gone. All that’s left are a few luxury hotels [2], a water park [3] (which was eventually torched by Islamists for being immoral) and a shopping mall [4].

But now the starving people of Gaza are plagued by another serious first world problem. They have too many cars. [5]

The general administration at the Gaza government’s transportation ministry announced Wednesday that in February the number of cars entering Gaza was reduced due to oversupply.

Head of imports at the ministry Basel Deeb told Ma’an that the number of cars transferred to the Gaza Strip was much less than the previous three months.

“We imported 63 cars from Egypt and 242 from Israel, and that’s a small number,” said Deeb.

He pointed out that people were not ordering more cars, meaning there were enough already in Gaza.

The sector needs more taxis and commercial cars, but the embargo imposed over the sector prevents the access of these needed cars, he pointed out.

I could ask why they don’t just use a regular car as a taxi, but then the residents of the worst concentration camp in history since Camp Wakanwa for Overweight Boys ’89 wouldn’t have something to blame Israel for.

Why does Gaza have too many cars? One answer is that Islamist militias stole a bunch of cars while they were fighting to “liberate” Libya and smuggled those cars back into Gaza for sale [6].

Luxury cars with Libyan plates are becoming a common sight in the Gaza Strip, a surprising side-effect of the unrest in the north African country.

Sufian Ahmad, a 36-year-old storeowner, said he had decided to buy a new Kia SUV for $50,000 (Dh184,000).

Mr Amin said he paid taxes on each car to Gaza’s Hamas government and the tunnel smugglers, and that there were now “dozens” of vehicles coming in from Libya every week. Customers tended to want 2011 and 2012 Hyundai Sonatas, Kia and Hyundai SUVs, BMWs and 4-wheel-drive Toyotas, he said.

“Now customers are not asking for the cars we import via Israel,” he said. “Most of them ask if we have Libyan or Egyptian cars.

Cars start at $24,000, with sedans going for $48,000 and SUVs costing as much as $100,000, he said.

Somebody help these people! They’re having to make do with 2012 Hyundai Sonatas! Where are their Caddies? Meanwhile the Mercedes, once a staple of the Arab world, is being turned down by the suffering people of Gaza [7].

About 40 cars a week are brought in to Gaza through the Kerem Shalom land crossing, according to the report. Dealers have had to lower their prices between $2,000 to $8,000, depending on model and type due to the saturation in the sector.

Ismail Bran, chairman of the Car Dealers Association of Gaza, pointed to the Mercedes as a good example of what is happening. “Estimated at $65,000, a dealer is fortunate to be able to sell a Mercedes at $60,000 under the current circumstances,” he said.

Tragic, isn’t it.

Look at what Israel has done to these people. The Zionist Entity has glutted them with so many Mercedes that the starving car dealers of Gaza can only sell them at sixty grand each.

If you have a strong heart and can refrain from weeping, gaze upon this tragic scene at at a car dealership in Gaza. The language is Arabic, but the feeling of hanging around a dodgy car dealership checking out stolen cars that were repainted is a universal human experience that requires no words.

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[1] Image: http://frontpagemag.com/2013/dgreenfield/worlds-largest-open-air-concentration-camp-in-gaza-has-too-many-cars/mideast-israel-palestinians-gaza-libyan-cars-2011-5-19-8-20-25/

[2] left are a few luxury hotels: http://frontpagemag.com/2012/dgreenfield/new-york-times-reporters-covering-the-hamas-war-stay-at-the-luxurious-gaza-grand-palace-hotel/

[3] a water park: http://olehgirl.com/?p=8172

[4] and a shopping mall: http://www.tomgrossmedia.com/mideastdispatches/archives/001127.html

[5] have too many cars.: http://israelmatzav.blogspot.com/2013/03/starving-in-gaza-hamas-reduces-car.html

[6] smuggled those cars back into Gaza for sale: http://www.thenational.ae/news/world/middle-east/libyan-luxury-cars-turn-up-in-gaza-showrooms

[7] turned down by the suffering people of Gaza: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/150490#.UToFKxy7N8E

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