Monday, July 19, 2010

Luxury mall in Gaza City held its grand opening over the weekend

To add to the previous post [ ] on those poor impoverished and starving people in Gaza;I came across this post today which links to a wide array of photos of a new luxury mall in Gaza,along with more photos of the starving Gaza the store shelves look bare to you?? Do they look deprived and victims of a 'siege' by Israel? What is surprising is that Hamas allows any of this,but from what I understand only those that support Hamas are given access to these facilities&abundance of food.

While Hamas continues to complain that Gaza lacks building materials, a luxury mall in Gaza City held its grand opening over the weekend. Among the goods on sale are Israeli men's clothing, and items from Turkey, France, and the United States.

Photojournalist Tom Gross, who publicized photos from Saturday's event on his website, noted that the opening coincided with a visit to Gaza from European Union foreign policy director Catherine Ashton. "The BBC and other media have featured extensive reports all day long on what they term the dire economic situation in Gaza; why are they not mentioning the new shopping mall that opened there yesterday?” Gross asked.

Pictures of the new mall were featured on the Palestinian Authority Safa website and by the Associated Press.

A variety of stores sell cosmetics, clothing, office supplies, toys, shoes, appliances and more. The mall boasts air conditioning and a delivery service.

Hamas has often accused Israel of creating a “siege” by keeping its border crossings to Gaza closed. According to Hamas, Gaza lacks electricity and building supplies.

Despite the bargain prices,�Israelis�are advised that it is forbidden to enter Gaza.


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