This week, right under the eyes and noses of their Israeli prison guards (well, alright, the Israelis are not actually in Gaza, but they are watching), right smack dab in the middle of the world's largest concentration camp, a beautiful brand spanking new shopping mall opened--a regular Gaza Galleria. For a fuller account, reported by Tom Gross in Winnipeg's Jewish Post & News, including photographs of the fully-stocked mall, please follow the link and read the entire story. Mr. Gross points out that he had previously published "photos and film of Gaza’s hotels, beauty spas, swimming pools, beaches and street markets -- images the BBC, New York Times and others refuse to show you." He also sagely asks, "If there 'are no building materials allowed into Gaza' how did they build this shopping center, or the new Olympic-size swimming pool pictured below?"
Good questions, Mr. Gross. Indeed, what are these nefarious Israelis up to now? First they attempt a Nazi-like genocide of the Palestinian people, only there are millions more Palestinans alive today than when this "genocide" began in 1948. Many of those Palestianians have received university educations in the seven univerities that opened in Gaza and the West Bank during the occupation by Israel that began in 1967. (No Palestinian universities existed prior to the occupation. Of course, Israel has not occupied a single foot of Gaza since September 2005, so the prospects for college education there have probably deteriorated.) When Palestinians become seriously ill, they can obtain treatment in Israel's finest hospitals, even though they equipped one woman "patient" with a suicide bomb vest to murder her benefactors. Now, Israel has allowed the inmates of the world's largest concentration camp to open a new shopping mall, to complement the fully stocked street markets. Funny, but I don't recall hearing about shopping malls in Auschwitz. What we have in Gaza, my friends, is one oddly unsuccessful genocide and one very unusual concentration camp, indeed.