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    Do Not Read, Does Not Fit Narrative

    Do Not Read, Does Not Fit Narrative

    The New York Times, July 14, 2010:

    There are plenty of things to buy in Gaza; goods are brought over the border or smuggled through the tunnels with Egypt. That is not the problem.

    In fact, talk about food and people here get angry because it implies that their struggle is over subsistence rather than quality of life. The issue is not hunger. It is idleness, uncertainty and despair.

    Update: A nice new shopping mall opened today in Gaza: Will the media report on it? No.

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    That seems to be going around a lot lately.

    Gazans live in a state of almost schizophrenic cognitive dissonance: "And while most here view Israel as the enemy, they want trade ties and to work there." As a contrasting example, in the old Soviet Union, those who would be happy to work in America (and many dreamed of that) did not view it as the enemy, all the official propaganda notwithstanding.

    they could always try giving up terrorism and live in peace with the people and state of Israel…..

    yeah, like *that* will ever happen.

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