A Taste of “Concentration Camp” Gaza: The Grand Palace Hotel

Inspired by the Gaza mall photos, I will endeavor to feature various facilities from Gaza over the next few weeks, with the aim of providing readers with a glimpse into the real Gaza, which is anything but a concentration camp as some claim.

My point is not that there is no hardship in Gaza, but rather that the situation is a far cry from what is being presented by the palestinians, their supporters and the mainstream media.

Introducing Gaza’s Grand Palace Hotel, billed as “One of the most luxurious hotels in Gaza Strip.”

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Grand Palace Gaza

Hotel exterior

Grand Palace Gaza

Hotel lobby

Grand Palace Gaza

Hotel lobby

Grand Palace Gaza

Hotel lobby

Grand Palace Gaza

Hotel room

Grand Palace Gaza

Hotel bathroom

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Hotel restaurant

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Hotel restaurant

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Hotel restaurant

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Conference room

Rooms have cable internet, television with international channels, air conditioning, and a mini-bar (non-alcoholic, of course)

More photos and video here.

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  • http://www.shimshon9.com Shimshon

    Looks very nice, but where is the pool?

  • Norman B.

    This looks nice enough to accommodate all those journalists in the style to which they are accustomed who write about the horrible suffering of the poor folk of Gaza. Maybe even a few UN bigshots.

  • ptwatch

    Hey Dave, check also the Al-Deira-Hotel in Gaza. http://www.aldeira.ps/en/main.html
    As a guest wrote: "A haven of tranquility, with excellent service". Sounds really bad.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/israellycool israellycool

      I did already check it out and had my post on it scheduled for tomorrow. So much for the element of surprise..!

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  • Shimon

    So kitsch… it's a crime against humanity.

  • Andy

    I've said it before and I'll say it again… no war but the class war.

  • Nick

    Funny, the Warsaw Ghetto had a nice hotel, too. Incarcerated Jewish musicians even played music there and had quite a good time, for a while. Surely that makes it less terrible.

    • http://www.humanhaters.blogspot.com Patrick

      Great attempt at moral equivalence there, Nick. If you read Dave's opening line, great effort in throwing yourself at the point, and missing completely.

      So the Jews incarcerated in Warsaw cried "ghetto" to the UN, the BBC, the churches, Reuters, and there was a flood of worldwide condemnation decrying the inhumanity? As I recall, there was nothing but a flood of silence until it was too late.

      Oh, and when the Israelis round up these "incarcerated" Gazans and start exterminating millions of them in gas chambers, etc, you will be sure to let us know won't you.

  • http://www.humanhaters.blogspot.com Patrick

    Judging by those interior shots, it looks like Hamas have declared a Jihad on interior decorating.

    I believe there's poverty and hardship in Israel, too. Can we blame that on the UN?

  • http://www.soulcast.com/post/show/502921/Fleshlight Ola Ortmann

    None of that is going to happen, therefore the two sides are never going to stop fighting unless and until one of them is forced to do so. Period, end of sentence, end of paragraph, end of story. They have, as we say in the law, “irreconcilable differences.” Unfortunately, they cannot divorce nor divest, which is usually the remedy for same. So this will go on. Forever. It’s not going to stop. Ever.

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  • Ron

    Do the serve Kosher meals, to accomodate Jewish visitors? Looks like a very nice Hotel and I hear that Gaza beach is very beautiful. BTW, how come that this Hotel can be built in a city where every day, according to the media, people die from starvation and constant bombing.

    • Sarah

      That is because while the illegal Israeli settlers are enjoying the luxury hotels, the Palestinian people are trying to prevent their homes from being bulldozed and stop their children from being kidnapped by the IDF.

      • BoycottMorons

        ….And their children’s blood baked in cherry pies – you forgot that one. (“kidnapping children”? Are you sure there aren’t any remote controlled sharks involved? Or do they only eat Egyptian tourists?)

        Are there any Israelis left in Gaza anyway to enjoy the hotels? And who built these hotels? Not the Israelis. Check out the amusement parks at which the poor little Gaza children are having fun. They are so starved they have to live on overpriced fairy floss.


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  • Sarah

    Dude…you are clearly mislead. These facilities are not meant to be enjoyed by the Palestinian people. They were built to be enjoyed by the rich and very illegal Israeli settlers…snap out of your dream world.

    • http://www.israellycool.com/ israellycool

      There are no legal "settlers" in Gaza, let alone illegal ones. Israel unilaterally withdrew in 2005, allowing the palestinians to build institutions. They instead focused on building and firing rockets, and launching other terrorist attacks from there.

      I couldn't care less who uses the facilities, but palestinians clearly do. And the fact these facilities exist proves my point that Gaza is no "concentration camp." Perhaps the money should be used to improve the infrastructure of the general population?

      You are the one in a dream world: one without Israel.

    • Shy Guy

      The next Groundhog Day isn't until Feb. 2nd, 2012. Back into your burrow you go!

    • Biodegradable

      There is only one Israeli in Gaza right now.

      His name is Gilad Shalit.

      Have you heard of him Sarah?

    • shlomo

      The hotel is in Gaza City, not the remnants of any Israeli settlement. According to the hotel website: "Opened since 2004, Grand Palace is one of the best hotels in Gaza city. "

  • Marc Epstein

    And the fact these facilities exist proves my point that Gaza is no "concentration camp." Perhaps the money should be used to improve the infrastructure of the general population?

    There are many fine, modern facilities in Gaza City, Dave. That they exist is a testament to the pride and determination of the Palestinian people to overcome the hardships imposed by years of occupation and humiliation.

    The Grand Plaza Hotel, had you taken time to do some basic research, is wholly owned & operated by a multinational corporation that specializes in real estate development in high-risk areas. I agree, it is a shame that such corporations do not forgo the short term goal of profiteering, instead of focusing on building up the infrastructure so that Gaza City residents themselves could participate and enjoy the wealth of opportunities for growth in the State of Palestine.

  • nev

    check out the roots club gaza

    • http://www.israellycool.com/ israellycool

      I already did.

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  • Sara Conn

    I don’t see why this hotel, built by a billionaire and empty of guests (www.metro.co.uk/news/871640-29million-gaza-strip-hotel-struggling-to-attract-any-guests), is any reflection of daily life in Gaza. That’s like seeing a 5-star hotel in Mumbai and assuming the slums must not exist.

    To echo Marc Epstein, a tiny bit of research can go a long way to making you look less ignorant :)

    • Shy Guy

      Perhaps if you had read the introduction here about the photos you would then realize that the only ignorant jackass here is you.

      As Bugs Bunny said…

  • soloman4israel

    as far as research is concerned it’s a shame then that the owners didn.t do a little more
    (re-wealth and opportunities in the state of palestine)
    ther’e isn’t going to be one
    no to a two state solution
    no to giving thes’e terrorist leaches any-thing no to legal state terrorism

  • Lynne

    Have any of you actually visited Gaza.

    • Norman B.

      Have you?

  • Lynne

    Many times as a volunteer treating those with limited access to medical care.

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  • Peter

    [disgusting comment deleted]

    • Norman B.

      Send in the troll patrol.

    • Jim from Iowa

      And Happy Holidays to you too, Peter. BTW, what are “crominals?”

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