And they claim Gaza has no building materials

Thursday, November 18, 2010 |  Ryan Jones  

Again and again, the lies regarding what is going on in the Gaza Strip and who is responsible for the situation there are exposed. And again and again, the media that propagates those lies brushes aside the truth.

One of the favorite claims by those intent on smearing Israel is that the so-called “Gaza siege” is preventing desperately-needed building material from entering the terrorist-ruled territory.

That assertion was proved false this week when Hamas Housing Minister Yousef Alamanti confirmed to United Press International (UPI) that approval had been given for the construction of a massive new residential complex in central Gaza.

The project will include three high-rise buildings containing a total of 25,000 apartments, a mosque, playground, shopping center and schools.

It is difficult to understand how such an expansive project could be built if Israel is not letting Gazans get their hands on even basic building materials.

The truth is that no such siege exists. Yes, there is an embargo on certain items that Hamas has in the past used to manufacture rockets that are then fired into southern Israel, but most goods are free to enter Gaza as normal. In fact, Gazans are able to procure many goods for free, as they have so successfully portrayed the territory as the most destitute place on earth that the international community regularly foots the bill.

Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs regularly publishes on its website details regarding the quantities of goods entering Gaza via Israeli land crossings every day.

Evidence that the Israeli information, and not the media propaganda, is accurate is in plain sight in Gaza City, where just this past summer construction was completed on a massive luxury shopping mall.

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