lundi 26 juillet 2010

L'AFP écrit un article sur le 'beach club' de Gaza ... en anglais

Elder of Ziyon rapporte que l'AFP (Agence France Presse) a écrit - enfin - un article en anglais sur les infrastructures touristiques de luxe construites et gérées par le Hamas (Hamas' new tourist resorts, voir également Hamas investing in tourism instead of rebuilding).  On notera qu'une nouvelle piscine olympique verra bientôt le jour dans la bande de Gaza. Il semble donc que la priorité du Hamas n'est pas de construire des logements pour la population, mais des projets de prestige. Et que toutes ces réalisations sont possibles malgré le blocus israélien et le fait que les médias européens qualifient le territoire de "la plus grande prison à ciel ouvert" voire de "camp de concentration" ou de "ghetto".  Extraits:

"The tranquil lawns of the seaside Garden Resort are a high-end oasis in the impoverished Gaza Strip -- and a new source of income for the Hamas-linked charity that owns it.

The beach club, one of several commercial ventures recently launched by groups and individuals linked to Hamas, illustrates the Islamist movement's growing dominance of an economy crippled by a four-year-old Israeli blockade.

The 1.25 million dollar (one million euro) resort is owned and operated by the Islamic Foundation, a charity established by Hamas's spiritual founder, Ahmed Yassin, that has long provided aid to poor families and orphans. [...]

Just down the beach another Hamas-linked charity, whose headquarters were destroyed by an Israeli air strike during the 2008-2009 Gaza war, has established the Freedom Resort, which includes a new 250,000 dollar wedding hall, according to its director, Saber Abu Kirsh.

Hamas is also widely believed to be behind a new shopping mall that opened this week in Gaza City with a ceremony attended by several Hamas ministers and professors at the Hamas-linked Islamic University.

The mall's manager, Siraj Abu Selim, denied Hamas was involved in the three million dollar (2.3 million euro) project, but refused to give the names of any of the mall's owners or chief investors. [...]

[...] the Bisan City tourist village on the northern edge of the territory. The sprawling facility, which includes gardens, playgrounds, football fields, a petting zoo and restaurants, attracts some 6,000 people every weekend, many of whom are brought in on government-subsidised buses.

And despite the fact that almost all building materials have to be smuggled into the territory, the park includes a new wedding hall and work is under way on what managers say will be an Olympic-sized swimming pool.

The 1.5 million dollar project, built on government land under the supervision of Hamas interior minister Fathi Hammad, charges 75 cents for adult admission, with children entering for free."

L'article peut être consulté sur le site de France24 en anglais (Hamas thrives in Gaza's besieged economy) - mais nous ne l'avons pas trouvé sur le site de France24 en français !

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