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Gaza "Strip Mall": Did the EU's Ashton Check the Opening Sales?

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This past Saturday night the Gaza Strip had a grand opening for its new shopping mall called "Strip Mall." As the world continues its chastising of Israel, Gazans, including the over 10,500 that received Israeli medical treatment in 2009, can enjoy the new goodies of the "Strip Mall."

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The following day, this Sunday morning, EU's Senior Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton called for Israel to lift the blockade on the Gaza Strip. On her last visit to the region this past March 18th she was in such a hurry to get to Gaza that she didn't care to see where that same day at nearby Netiv HaAsara, a Gaza qassam rocket murdered Manee Singmueangphon, a thai worker. On this visit when she was so overwhelmed with seeing all the terrible sites of the well promoted humanitarian crisis in Gaza, was she able to stop in to check the opening day sales at the "Strip Mall?"

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This past Saturday as the Gaza "Strip Mall" opened, Sky News reported on the "still dire" situation in Gaza. The article reads, "The blockade has meant that only basics like flour, rice and sugar have been allowed into Gaza from Israel." Isn't it funny how one does not see any of these items in the joyous pictures of the Gaza "Strip Mall" grand opening?

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UNRWA President John Ging said on the day of the Gaza "Strip Mall" grand opening that the people of Gaza, "Can't afford to buy cans of Coca Cola from Israel." But they can afford new clothes, luxury hair products, and children's toys at the new Gaza "Strip Mall?"

Let's get a little perspective. The UN gave nearly $200 million in aid to Gaza in just the six months following Operation Cast Lead. It only gave $10 million in aid to Haiti following the devastating earthquake.

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To what humanitarian crisis are these international "aid" ships sailing? Does the Libyan warlord dictator Qaddafi, who sent a ship of goods this past week, own a store in the Gaza Strip Mall?"

As an everyday person and member of the general public aren't you tired of being fed these lies about Gaza? If you're not, take a day off and go shopping at the new Gaza "Strip Mall."