(miff.no)Who really has it right? The Norwegian doctor and Palestinian activist Mads Gilbert or Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar? No later than four days ago Mads Gilbert reiterated his familiar mantra.
The situation in Gaza is “worse than ever,” the doctor told the newspaper Class Struggle 15 september. september. For years, Norwegian journalists willingly held out the microphone while Gilbert has repeated this claim over and over again.
It never seems to get some critical questions from reporters when Gilbert crying “wolf, wolf” again and again. During the summer Gilbert claimed that “the Gaza” was “ruined”, during the War of 2009 , and now, over three and a half years later, he still to be found that the situation is “worse than ever”. The truth about the situation, both in 2009 and in 2012, you probably have a use for correction towards truth.
This time we get help from an unexpected source. Mahmoud Zahar, one of the foremost leaders of Hamas, who occupy the Gaza Strip, conveys a very different picture than Gilbert of the situation in Gaza.
September, the same day that Gilbert spoke to the class struggle, that “Gaza is free of occupation.” Guests from around the world flock to the coastal area and the economic situation has improved significantly.
Using rural areas which until 2005 was controlled by Israeli settlements, the Gaza Strip has become self sufficient in a number of areas.
“We are self-sufficient in many fields, except fuel and electricity,” said Zahar. The economic situation in Gaza is much better than in the West Bank, according to Zahar.
Palestinian authorities also transfers money to the Gaza Strip, but the money goes only to Fatah supporters, emphasizes Zahar.n.
In Ma’an headline Zahar is even quoted as saying that the Gaza Strip is “more secure” than the West Bank.
It will not be elaborated in the article what he meant by this. Gilbert uses big words to drag Israel into the mud. Zahar using big words to take rivals in Fatah and the Palestinian Authority into the mud.
Yet it is clear who is best substantiated allegation, and it should be obvious who has the best local knowledge.
Zahar image is also constantly confirmed by a number of independent messages.
The World Bank reported that “exceptionally high” economic growth in the Gaza Strip in 2011. Israel withdrew completely from the Gaza Strip in 2005.
With a peaceful development, to the withdrawal from Gaza has become a starting point for further withdrawals in the West Bank.
Men utviklingen ble langt fra fredelig.
But the development was far from peaceful.
The militant groups in the Gaza Strip, with Hamas at the helm, intensified rocket attacks against Israel and any plans for more withdrawals were shelved.
Finally, in December 2008 and January 2009, Israel said stop.
After the Israeli military operation against terrorist groups that attack with rockets, the number of attacks from Gaza significantly reduced.
The fact that Hamas now finds that the occupation of Gaza is closed – seven years after it happened – could be a promising sign.
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