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Sunday, July 04, 2010

Poor, starving Gazans collect antique cars

This article is noteworthy because it drips with bias. Note what I have highlighted from al-AP:
In this besieged land where every bumpy road quickly reaches a dead end of fences and walls, vintage car collecting is not exactly a typical hobby.

But in a first-ever show here, Gaza's small cadre of antique auto aficionados unveiled their classic roadsters this week and brought back memories of a time when Gazans weren't hemmed in by impenetrable borders.

Most of the 30 cars on display in a Gaza City parking lot date from the late 30s to the late 70s, and were purchased in Egypt — a previous ruler of Gaza — or in Israel, which captured the strip from Egypt in the 1967 Mideast War. They've weathered the elements since — along with two Palestinian uprisings and a recent war with Israel.

Import routes have been closed since 2007, when Israel imposed a blockade on Gaza following the Islamic militant group Hamas' takeover of the tiny Mediterranean coastal territory. With nearly everything banned except essential humanitarian supplies, spare parts couldn't come in either.

Gaza's collectors brought in what they could through illegal tunnels connecting the strip to Egypt, but were also forced to do a lot of mixing and matching, said Mahfouz Kabariti, the show's organizer.
For the record, Gazans have been restricted from entering Israel since they perpetrated terror attacks in the late '90's and the 'blockade' was largely a response to the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit in June 2006.

But it seems that al-AP will believe anything....


At 10:10 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

The Jews deny them even a hobby!

How cruel!

But the AP won't say, as you noted, why Israel has enforced that blockade to this very day. As usual, we've heard only one side of the story.

And even with that caveat, the Palestinians don't look like they can't antique cars, now they can't they? That's some "open air" prison in Gaza!

At 11:13 AM, Blogger Jesterhead45 said...

I'd love to see how the AP would blame Jews for the "palestinians" for having to make do with Mercs and Beemers, instead of blinged-up custom-built luxury cars like their brothers in the gulf.


At 3:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the main Canadian news channel, the broadcast title was how these cars where of 'the palestinian's heritage'. WTF!! The media is turning this into just like before the shoah. Here we go again.


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