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Monday, June 22, 2009

Terror capital of the world opens... a shopping mall

Jenin, once known as the terror capital of the world, is the location of a brand new luxury shopping mall, the first of five to be opened in 'Palestinian' towns in Judea and Samaria.
The five-story building near the Jalame checkpoint cost $5 million to build, says its owner, and it is filled with deluxe, foreign-made products seen mostly in the pages of newspaper supplements.

This shopping opportunity is intended to interest the upper crust of Jenin, and while some might think the proposition suggests financial suicide, the profit forecasts for the project have been so favorable the owner plans to open four more shops in the West Bank and one in Jordan.

The next city to enjoy a Hirbawi Home Center is Ramallah, where one is already in partial operation; then Hebron, Tul Karem and Nablus.

"It may sound mad to outsiders," says the chain's CEO, Ziad Turabi, "but to us it makes perfect sense. We believe we can make a very handsome profit. Many people in the occupied territories have money but they have nowhere to spend it if they're after quality. We offer them the best quality there is."

This may not sound like the familiar description of the occupied territories - the impoverished Palestinian village or the overcrowded refugee camp, a population sustaining itself on international aid. But it turns out that quite a few Palestinians consider a plasma screen, a surround sound stereo and comfortable chairs to be fairly essential items.
Aren't you glad you're sending them all your international aid dollars? (And if you think they're earning money on anything else, name one thing that's exported from the 'Palestinian Authority').

Life is good in 'Palestine.' Just ask Abu Mazen. Who needs a 'state' or a peace deal with Israel when you can afford plasma screens, surround sound stereos and comfortable chairs?

Read the whole thing.


At 9:03 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

The Palestinians could have a better life if they worked for it. So much for all the claims that its Israel that's been holding them back. The poverty and hopelessness of their people has been a deliberate decision on the part of their rulers for the last 60 years. Thus, the point is they can change if they really want to.

At 10:52 PM, Blogger Lois Koenig said...

/Did they name any of the malls in memory of poor little Mohammed al-Dura? A school perhap? A library?

I thought not.

At 11:10 PM, Blogger Myackie said...

??? I'm confused...i thought they were all STARVING to DEATH!!!


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