My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Gaza's new mall....

Foreign dignitaries aren't taken here!
While Hamas continues to demand a full lifting of the blockade, the Gaza market seems to be doing alright. Gaza Mall, the first ever shopping center in the Strip was opened last Saturday with masses storming the new attraction.

The two-floor compound, each stretching over roughly 9,700 sq. ft, offers international brands as well as much-needed air conditioning. Tens of thousands of shoppers from Rafah to Beit Hanoun have already visited the site within a matter of days, making the center Gaza's new craze.

"Not everyone comes to shop. There are those who are curious who just come to see the place and others who come for the air conditioning," one of the mall's workers said. Head of the mall's board of directors, Salah a-Din Abu Abdo, told Ynet the center attracts more and more visitors every day.

"We make a point of providing attractive and competitive prices in order to take on the outside markets," he said. "Our goal is to develop a marketing and leisure culture among the residents of the Strip who for years have been subjected to a blockade. If profit was our only objective, than this investment would have been planned differently with more shops in other price ranges."

The group of investors which established the mall, including Abu Abdo, promoted the initiative privately. "There are international firms such as Adidas and Lacoste and Paris' top selling perfumes," he said. "Nevertheless, the local traders and businessmen are those running the business. I hope that in the future we'll get merchandise from other foreign chains wanting to open branches here."


Anonymous Rouffian said...

You are one of the few people who hasn't seized upon the presence of this glittering emblem of rampant consumerism as evidence that the Israeli blockade is actually helping the Palestinians.

By correctly quoting the management and showing that the size of this place is only 9,200 square feet / 900 square metres (about twice the size of my house) you sort of deflect the multitudinous half-wits who think that a tiny shopping centre in Gaza with the main attraction being "attractive and competitive prices", (i.e. it sells cheap tat.) is equivalent to a mall in somewhere relatively wealthy like London or Texas or Israel.

Congratulations for putting the story out unedited.

I get that you probably have more sympathy for Israel then the Palestinians, so the temptation to editorialise was probably there, but you resisted it. Well done.

8:51 AM  

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