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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Finally good news from Gaza: 80% of Gaza residents considering emigration

There's finally some good news from Gaza this evening: A survey by the Gaza-based Institute of Development Studies has found that 80% of Gaza's residents find it 'difficult to cope' with their situation and are considering emigration. Better yet, 44% percent said explicitly that they want to leave Gaza.
The institute presented the survey as part of a request to the international community to protect Gazans from Israel's wrath and to pressure Israel to enable economic development in Gaza.

The research also shows that since Hamas took over Gaza in June 2007, economic conditions in Gaza have worsened considerably. According to the report this is primarily due to the closure of border crossings into and out of Gaza, including the crossing into Egypt at Rafiah.


Saudi newspaper Ukaz, meanwhile, interviewed Dr. Mahmoud al-Hebash, a "minister" in Salam Fayyad's rival Fatah government in Judea and Samaria, who said the Hamas government was responsible for the Gaza crisis.

Hamas is making efforts to grab control of the aid sent to Gaza from "the legitimate government" in Ramallah, al-Hebash explained. He claimed Hamas is giving Israel excuses to continue "the policy of blockade," as he termed it. Al-Hebash called upon the Hamas government to recognize its responsibility for the crisis in Gaza following its military takeover. He accused it of trying to export the crisis to neighboring countries, meaning mostly Egypt.
That fits right in with Hamas taking half of the fuel supplied to Gaza for weapons manufacturing. But this isn't just a question of a 'government' making the wrong choice in allocating guns v. butter.
The findings of a Near East Consulting poll released Tuesday showed that some 94 percent of Gaza residents believe their economic situation under Hamas rule is significantly worse than it was before the terrorist organization took over the region. [That's an overwhelming percentage for a fair survey. CiJ]


The survey, which polled 900 Gaza residents, found that 64 percents of respondents live under the poverty line. More than two out of every five, (41 percent) said they would leave Gaza immediately if they could. Half of those polled feel less security since Hamas took over the region in June 2007 and 18 percent feel no change in the level of security. Some 32 percent said they feel more security since Hamas took control of Gaza.
More security? Must be the remaining Hamas supporters.

If Israel had a decent government in place, it would encourage the denizens of Hamastan to emigrate to any country willing to take them. Sadly, Olmert, Livni & Co. are more likely to cooperate with the fatwas that prohibit the 'Palestinians' from leaving the 'blessed lands' and with the Mufti who issued them.


At 9:49 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

That's true. The Arabs would all on their own solve Israel's demographic and security headache. Who stands in the way of that?

Israel's current government.

At 12:04 AM, Blogger Kae Gregory said...

Ya know, Egypstinian, Saudi Lestian, Jordastinian, Syristinian, Iranistinian - all have a nice ring to them. When can they leave?

At 12:59 AM, Blogger Epaminondas said...

I hate to throw water on this one..these people may be considering emigration, but since 1947 NO ONE WILL TAKE THEM since every one of them, and every one of their children is a TOOL for the miscreants like the Al Saud, and the Hojatieh.

A better question is..."Are you ready to GIVE UP the idea of return, and GIVE UP the idea of destroying Israel for a better life?"

When THAT gets 80% positive, we have something.

Until then, even if one could achieve transfer, no arab nation, and Iran will allow these people to be anywhere but in desperate poverty for the cameras.

At 11:16 AM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...


See the al-Jazeera video about Chile I posted this morning. Maybe there's hope?

At 7:19 PM, Blogger turtlecurls said...

Let them leave & all your left with is that ones who think Hamas is a good idea.

How do you solve that? (Seriously - I'd like ideas


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