Monday, July 19, 2010

Two Sides to Gaza? Maybe......

The following are comments we are used to seeing about Gaza
“are no building materials allowed into Gaza”
the BBC TV world news headlines again lead with a report about how “devastated the economy in Gaza is,”
Western journalists who write stories about “starvation” in Gaza and compare it to a “concentration camp”
Sky News reported today “The humanitarian situation in Gaza remains dire.”

These are part of the reasons for the Turkish "Peace Flotilla"
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We are told that the Israelis are causing all this.
Well how do they explain these photos from Gaza?
AL-DEIRA HOTEL in Gaza. How was it built?
Market in Gaza. Starvation?
Gaza Bakery
New Olympic size pool in Gaza.Concentration camp?
Brand New Gaza Mall. Dire Situation?

No one doubts that there are poor sections of Gaza. No one doubts that there are dire situations. But we must remember what Mike Pence said about Gaza.
Gaza is controlled by a terrorist organization known as Hamas. Hamas used Gaza as a launching pad for thousands of rockets that killed innocent civilians in Israel. Israel responded with military force and has instituted a blockade that has saved lives in Gaza and in Israel. And there’s no humanitarian crisis. Ten thousand tons of food and medical supplies are transferred into Gaza every single week.

MAYBE THE TURKISH FLOTILLAS ARE GOING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION?

In Turkey, life expectancy is 72.23 and infant mortality is 24.84 per 1,000 births.

In Gaza, life expectancy is 73.68 and infant mortality is 17.71 per 1,000 births.

Turkey has a literacy rate of 88.7% while in Gaza it is 91.9%. (It is much lower in Egypt and other Arab countries where Israel did not establish colleges and universities in the 1970s and 1980s.)

Gaza’s GDP is almost as high as Turkey’s and much, much higher than most of Africa that gets 1,000th of the aid per capita that Gaza gets from the West.

(Source for above info: CIA World Factbook)

World hunger organizations report that 10-15 million children below the age of 5 die each year, and 50,000 people die daily. One-third of all deaths in the world are due to poverty.

While famine kills millions of children in Africa, India, and elsewhere, life expectancy for Gaza Arabs, at 72 years, is nearly five years higher than the world average. In Swaziland, for example, life expectancy is less than 40 years, and it is 42 years in Zambia..........

As the correspondent for one of Japan’s biggest newspapers said to me last week, “Gaza and the West Bank are the only places in the world where I have seen refugees drive Mercedes.”See more here
H/T Real Revo