Below are more nice pictures of Gaza. Yes, there are poor areas of Gaza too. There are also plenty of slums in Paris (and London and Rome and New York), but the media tend to focus their pictures on the Eiffel Tower and Champs Elysee instead.

Not so in Gaza where many journalists (who in private, even more than in public, disparage Israel in every way) are doing their best to paint a distorted picture of the economic situation there, showing off the worst possible aspects — and using words like “devastated economy” (BBC) and “dire humanitarian situation” (Sky news) — in order to fool everyone from the common reader right up to politicians such as British Prime Minister David Cameron into thinking conditions in Gaza resemble some kind of prison camp.

Such media distortion is unhelpful, to say the least, in helping policy makers formulate good policy for the region for the benefit of Palestinians and Israelis alike.

You would never know from the media coverage that people in Gaza are by many economic and health indicators, on average better off than those in Turkey, from where the most controversial of the recent “humanitarian aid” flotillas came. For example, in Turkey life expectancy is 72.23 and infant mortality is 24.84 per 1,000 births. In Gaza, life expectancy is 73.68 and infant mortality is 17.71 per 1,000 births.

— Tom Gross

For more pictures of Gaza, please see: mideastdispatches/archives/ 001127.html mideastdispatches/archives/ 001072.html mideastdispatches/archives/ 001114.html

The Islamic University of Gaza:
Gaza Al-Quds University: index.jsp?pageId=176
The Gaza Grand Palace Hotel:
The Al Deira Hotel:
The Gaza Commodore Hotel: home.html


  1. Good to see the realty of life in Gaza. Here in Norway all they show is destruction and powerty of the "blockade" of Gaza. Keep up the true work Noam and team. We pray for you and for all of Eretz Israel for protection and peace by the Almighty YAHWEH of Israel. We support you in your work to get the truth out to the world. Look forward to see you in Norway, Noam, you are most welcome. We greet you with Yirmeyahu 31:10 , Nations, hear the word of Adonai! Proclaim it in the costlands far away. Say: " He who scattered Isra`el is gathering him, guarding him like a shepherd his flock." SHALOM from Dag & Nancy Henny Mathisen, Lyngdal , Norway


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