Report: Gaza not all that impoverished

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 |  Israel Today Staff

In a short expose, National Post correspondent Tom Gross on Tuesday revealed that the Gaza Strip really isn't as impoverished as the rest of the biased international media would like you to believe.

Gross noted that the media is again full of stories about how destitute Gaza is, and why Israel is a bully for even thinking of preventing a flotilla of nine "humanitarian aid" (read: propaganda) ships set to sail from Turkey next week from reaching the Hamas-controlled territory.

But Gross dug a little deeper and found that with just a little effort, it was possible to find signs of normal life in Gaza, and even relative luxury.

For instance, he pointed out that one Gaza town recently constructed an Olympic-size swimming pool for its residents. Gross contrasted that to the fact that construction, land and water costs prevent all but the most well-off Israeli communities from having an Olympic-size swimming pool.

He also highlighted a popular Gaza City restaurant called the Roots Club, where even the ubiquitous travel guide Lonely Planet says visitors can enjoy gourmet meals. Gross called the owner of the Roots Club, who boasted that business is booming, with a regular flow of local Gazans and UN "aid" workers frequenting his establishment.

While there is without doubt poverty in Gaza, and probably more so than other areas considering the ineptness of its terrorist rulers, Gross explains that with clever and biased reporting, any city can be made to look impoverished.

"We could produce the same effect by selectively filming seedy parts of Paris and Rome and New York and Los Angeles too," wrote Gross.

Gross spent much of the article blasting the international media for its deceptive coverage, but another revelation of the piece is that there is apparently enough money and resources in Gaza for the area to take care of its own. Why then are Western taxpayers being called upon to foot the bill for enormous quantities of humanitarian aid? With most nations still recovering from the global economic downturn, it would be better to demand Hamas and its buddies stop pocketing all the money and start acting like a benefactor, if that is what the group claims to be.

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