"Some blockade: Gaza economy grows by 16% in first half of 2010Debbie Schlussel reports that Gaza's economy grew at a rate of 16% during the first half of 2010 despite the supposed 'blockade' of the Gaza Strip, which was not loosened until late June. The 'West Bank's economy grew a strong 9% during that same period.
It must have been the shopping mall, the horse club, the water club, the luxury hotels and the restaurant."
that the Palestinian economies are growing. The whole point of a blockade is to make bad people–bad countries with bad freely elected “leadership”–suffer. But apparently Gazans weren’t suffering at all. We knew this from all the pics and videos of the gorgeous shopping malls, posh hotels and clubs, and plentiful markets. And anyone familiar with Israel and what’s going on amidst its enemies knows that many of the so-called “oppressed” Palestinians living in Palestinian “refugee camps” live in palatial mansions and swank condos many Israeli Jews can only dream of (some of those palaces financed by the American tax payer through hundreds of millions dollars in Palestinian mortgage subsidies and bailouts set up by President BUSH).