Life in the Arab areas of Gaza and the WB Tom Gross

TOM GROSS: FANCY SWIMMING POOLS AND RESTAURANTS IN GAZA, WHAT THE MEDIA REFUSES TO TELL YOU…….

The Tundra Tabloids has reported a number of times about how the international media colludes with the Arabs in their propaganda war against Israel. Such a partnership has been known to exist for decades, and brought to the public’s attention primarily through those of us in the blogosphere.
Tom Gross does us all a favor by reporting on this read ít, follow the links embedded in the article, then follow the last link to the actual article to read it in full. KGS

By Tom Gross

In recent days, the international media, particularly in Europe and the Mideast, has been full of stories about “activist boats sailing to Gaza carrying desperately-needed humanitarian aid and building materials.”
The BBC World Service even led its world news broadcasts with this story at one point over the weekend. (The BBC yesterday boasted that its global news audience has now risen to 220 million persons a week, making it by far the biggest news broadcaster in the world.)
Indeed the BBC and other prominent Western media regularly lead their viewers and readers astray with accounts of a non-existent “mass humanitarian catastrophe” in Gaza.
What they won’t tell you about are the fancy new restaurants and swimming pools of Gaza, or about the wind surfing competitions on Gaza beaches, or the Strip’s crowded shops and markets. Many Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza live a middle class (and in some cases an upper class) lifestyle that western journalists refuse to report on because it doesn’t fit with the simplistic story they were sent to write.
Here, courtesy of the Palestinian Ma’an news agency, is a report on Gaza’s new Olympic-sized swimming pool . (Most Israeli towns don’t have Olympic-size swimming pools. One wonders how an area that claims to be starved of water and building materials and depends on humanitarian aid builds an Olympic size swimming pool and creates a luxury lifestyle for some while others are forced to live in abject poverty as political pawn refugees?)
If you pop into the Roots Club in Gaza, according to the Lonely Planet guidebook, you can “dine on steak au poivre and chicken cordon bleu”.
The restaurant’s website in Arabic gives a window into middle class dining and the lifestyle of Hamas officials in Gaza. And here it is in English, for all the journalists, UN types and NGO staff who regularly frequent this and other nice Gaza restaurants (but don’t tell their readers about them).
And here is a promotional video of the club restaurant . In case anyone doubts the authenticity of this video, I just called the club in Gaza City and had a nice chat with the manager who proudly confirmed business is booming and many Palestinians and international guests are dining there.

2 Responses

  1. One pool, one fancy restaurant, 1.5 million people? Those are all the facts? I hardly see how one pool and one restaurant is indicative of the entire population of 1.5 million people. And funny how I'm seeing this exact same blog post over and over…hasbara?

    Pre-Operation Cast Lead, probably worse now:

    UNICEF: At a glance: Occupied Palestinian Territory

    Chronic malnutrition affects nearly 10 per cent of children under age five. The situation is most acute in Gaza, where 50,000 children are malnourished. About half of children under age two are anaemic and 70

    http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/oPt.html

    http://www.unicef.org/search/search.php?querystring=gaza&Go.x=0&Go.y=0&Go=Submit+Search

    [PDF] Nutritional Assessment of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, 2003

    http://pdf.usaid.gov/pdf_docs/PNADA826.pdf

    http://www.icrc.org/web/eng/siteeng0.nsf/http://wwwwakeupamericans-spree.blogspot.com/2010/05/truth-about-gaza.html%28PSearch%29?SearchView&Query=gaza&searchWv=1&searchFuzzy=1&SearchOrder=1&SearchMax=0&style=Custo_results_search2

    Inside Gaza: Malnutrition and shortages

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7766509.stm

  2. The issue here is how NONE of this ever reaches the mainstream media.

    There a plenty accounts of people in Gaza and in the disputed territories living high on the hog, whether its Hamas or Fattah running things. The Fakestinians have been the recepients of the largest aid machine the world has ever seen, for decades. If they lack for anything it not due to being denied funds.

    If there's malnutrition it's due to the Hamas and illk squandering materials and funds for their terror infrastructure.

    You take a pot shot at one lonely blogger while the MSM have been peddling the world Fakestinian talking points for years…propaganda? yeah that's what it sounds like to me.

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