Gaza?s Humanitarian Crisis? The Report the Media is Ignoring

By Mike Fegelman

December 6, 2011

While Hamas carries out rocket attacks against Israel, Israel approves the export of agricultural goods from the Gaza Strip.

COGAT (Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories) has released a report which indicates that as a result of Israel’s civil policy that distinguishes between the civilian population and the terror organization Hamas, the GDP in the Gaza Strip has increased more than 30% compared to last year, and the unemployment rate is the lowest recorded in the past 10 years.

During the first nine months of 2011, an average of 4,497 truckloads entered the Gaza Strip per month – an increase of 96% compared to 2010.

Scores of construction projects reflect a booming building industry, with nearly 2,000 new housing units, an upgrade of six hospitals and construction or modernization of seven new clinics.

57 new schools and kindergartens will be rehabilitated or built in the Gaza Strip in 64 different projects. Seven of them have been completed.

Thousands of Palestinians cross the border for medical treatment in Israel.

The media is not paying attention to this impressive growth trend in gaza. While generous coverage is accorded to knife-wielding flotilla “activists” decrying a “humanitarian crisis” in Gaza (despite the emphatic denials of UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and the International Red Cross) no media attention is being given to this COGAT report which puts the lie to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.


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