"A sense of absolute prosperity prevails, as manifested by the grand resorts along and near Gaza's coast. Further, the site of the merchandise and luxuries filling the Gaza shops amazed me.”
“I toured the new resorts, most of which are quite grand, as well as the commercial markets, to verify my hypothesis. The resorts and markets have come to symbolize prosperity, and to prove that the siege is formal or political, not economic.”
He goes on to state that between what is coming in through the tunnels, and humanitarian shipments from Israel, “supply is much greater than demand.”
He describes a situation where the owners of the smuggling tunnels, UNRWA employees (aren't they supposed to be helping people?) and Hamas cronies enjoy all this wealth while Hamas charges exorbitant prices just to use public beaches. So in fact, there is a small class of people who benefit from the wealth while Hamas and company keep the majority down while blaming Israel for their "poverty."
Of course we have known this all along. It's just that the rest of the world is starting to figure it out.
Read more here.
I liked that show the first time it came out...in Czarist Russia. Keep the people poor while the aristocracy grows richer by taxing and exploiting the masses...then blame the Jews for the problem. I guess that isn't going to fly anymore...except in the tiny brains of David Cameron and Marack Oblahblah, Code Stink, and of course the so-called "Queers for Palestine." Morons.