Activists, politicians, and cultural artists from around the globe are on board two boats which have set sail from Barcelona, aiming to break a nearly decade-long Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip.
RT (h/t Jo P) Aboard are Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead MaGuire from Northern Ireland, Swedish European Parliament Member Malin Bjork, Marama Davidson, Green Party MP from New Zealand, American screenwriter and playwright, Naomi Wallace, and Cigdem Topcuoglu, a professional athlete from Turkey who sailed on the Mavi Marmara in 2010 and whose husband was among the 10 activists who were killed on that voyage by Israeli forces. The ‘Women’s Boat To Gaza’ flotilla is expected to reach the territory in early October.
In 2015, the last time the Women’s Boat to Gaza attempted to deliver aid to the territory, the Israeli Navy boarded and took over its vessel, Marianne. The boat was then taken to the Israeli city of Ashdod…where the women were sent back.
GAZA – SHOW US THE MISERY
Following the unilateral withdrawal of Israeli security forces in 2005, no one can claim that the Gaza Strip is “occupied territory.” This still hasn’t stopped the usual critics from making other accusations about the misery of the people there, such as charging that the Palestinians are “under siege” from Israel and starving as a consequence.
Likewise, there is absolutely no starvation in Gaza. The Palestinians receive enormous amounts of free assistance from the rest of the world and are so well-fed that the territories are actually the eighth most obese “country” in the world according to the World Health Organization:
When it comes to Gaza and the life of Palestinian “refugees”, the gap between myth and fact is so dramatic that perception almost stands reality on its head. Health and quality of life in the territories vastly exceed the average in most parts of the world – and not just where people are in more obvious need, such as Africa, but even in developed countries like China and areas of South America.
The poverty rate in Gaza is 16% – roughly equal to Spain, Germany and California. The rate of poverty is actually higher in Greece, most of the EU, and even parts of the United States, such as Washington D.C. As researcher Daniel Greenfield has pointed out, at 24%, even the poverty rate in Israel is actually 50% higher than in Gaza!
It seems that while Palestinians are experts at presenting a false narrative about Gaza to gullible visitors, politicians, the UN, and the international media like the first video above, Western taxpayers are actually subsidizing something entirely different.
The Myth: Squalor
The Reality: Hard to keep up the facade of Gazans living in squalor when you see the facades of luxury condos, hotels, resorts, office buildings, shopping malls, etc. like these.
The Myth: Deprivation
The Reality: Not enough parking spaces at the luxury malls
The Myth: Starvation
The Reality: See any starving Gazans in these photos?
The Myth: Oppression
The Reality: 4-Star Restaurants and Private Clubs are the norm, not the exception in Gaza
The Myth: Despair
The Reality: Recreational facilities abound in this ‘open air prison,’ like the Olympic sized swimming pool and water parks that Gazans use when desperation sets in
The Myth: Poverty
The Reality: Horseback riding lessons are expensive in any country, but not for a lot of Gazans
FROM SUNRISE TO SUNSET…Gazans are waiting anxiously for the next humanitarian aid flotilla to arrive from Europe.