It seems that the general public is not very good at understanding what the mainstream media means when it uses terms such as "starvation" and "poverty". When reporting on places such as Yemen, the term is used to describe dire situations. However, as journalist Tom Gross explains, when speaking of Arabs in Gaza, Judea and Samaria, the word has quite a different meaning.
For instance, in 2008, Time magazine wrote: "Please spare a thought for the starving Palestinians [sic] of Gaza. There are 1.5 million of them." But yet recently the magazine reported "Gaza's residents will concede that there is no hunger crisis in the Strip. Residents do love the beach, and the store shelves are stocked. But if you're focused on starvation, they say, you're probably missing the point."Note it's the residents who say the general public is missing the point if they're only focusing on hunger.
In a recent article about Arabs living in Judea and Samaria, Time magazine writes of the Arab "multi-story villas fronted by ornamental porticos and columns," the "car dealerships selling everything from BMWs to Hyundais," and the "state of the art gyms with the latest equipment, classes in spinning, kickboxing and Pilates, a sauna and even a smoothie bar." Ironically, many of the owners of these business who do not trust the United States have taken loans from an Arab quasi-governmental financial institution called the Palestine Investment Fund (PIF), which has, according to the Time article "very quietly" partnered with a US organization known as the Middle East Investment Initiative (MEII), a Washington-based nonprofit. So much for keeping secrets.
Gross points out that Time fails to mention that it's Israeli politicians, e.g., Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Olmert, who have been instrumental in helping to create conditions for the current economic growth in Judea and Samaria. And while Jewish leaders are helping to build the Arab economy, leaders of the Palestinian Authority are busy dedicating streets, city parks, and children's summer camps to the memories of terrorists who have murdered friends and relatives of these same Jewish politicians.
A leading British newspaper columnist, reporting from Gaza, recently wrote: "Then there is the use of the word 'siege'. Can anyone think of a siege in human history, from Syracuse to Leningrad, where the shops of the besieged city have been full of Snickers bars and Chinese motorbikes, and where European Union and other foreign aid projects pour streams of cash [often yours] into the pockets of thousands?"
In reference to a statement by British Prime Minister David Cameron, who recently tried to suck up to his Islamist hosts in Turkey by claiming Gaza was 'the world's biggest prison camp', Peter Hitchens, a writer for the Daily Mail, recently wrote, "It is lunchtime in the world's biggest prison camp, and I am enjoying a rather good café latte in an elegant beachfront cafe. Later I will visit the sparkling new Gaza Mall, and then eat an excellent beef stroganoff in an elegant restaurant."
Ironically, as Cameron's cash-strapped government begins debate on providing more aid to the Hamas-run government of Gaza, the British government-sponsored Millennium Cohort Study released a report showing that a fifth of the young children in Britain live in "severe poverty". (The study tracked 14,000 children living in Britain.) The study also showed that nearly three-quarters of children whose parents are of Pakistani or Bangladeshi origin live in poverty, and that the number of children living in poverty is likely to rise, according to Professor Heather Joshi, the study's director.