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Flocking to the “Poverty” of Gaza

Question: If conditions are so bad in Gaza, thanks to Israel’s “occupation”, then how come we read of this?

Many Palestinian men who flocked into Egypt after the IDF evacuated the Philadelphi corridor have seized the opportunity to search for brides. Palestinian sources estimated on Tuesday that at least 100 Egyptian brides were smuggled into the Gaza Strip in the past week.

 

“Most of the brides came from the Egyptian part of Rafah and the town of Al-Arish, which were invaded by hundreds of thousands of Palestinians after the border was left wide open,” one source told The Jerusalem Post. He said Palestinian men were encouraged to marry Egyptians mainly because of the low expenses involved, especially the dowry.

 

“When you compare the situation with the Gaza Strip, it’s much cheaper to marry a woman from Egypt,” said another source. Some of the men were already married and had decided to take a second or third wife after discovering that Egyptian families were eager to send their daughters to a relatively better life in the Gaza Strip, the source added.

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One of the brides, who identified herself as Samira, said she agreed to marry the man she met only hours earlier “because this was an opportunity that should not be missed.” Samira, 28, lived with her family in Al-Arish.

 

“In Egypt, it’s very difficult for a woman my age to get married because I’m considered too old,” she said. “Moreover, the economic situation in Egypt is not as good as in the Gaza Strip.”

In fact, Arabs have been flocking to Israel since its establishment, thanks to the fact that they enjoy more rights in Israel – as well as economic opportunities – than in their own countries.

 

It is also important to realize that the relatively better economic situation for Arabs here in Israel would have been even better had they not resorted to terrorism. Before they imposed their war on us, they were able to freely move into Israel, and also have Israelis freely go into their areas.

 

Furthermore, their economic situation would have been even better had they not had money earmarked for them either diverted to Yasser Arafat and a host of other corrupt officials, or otherwise squandered.

 

Which goes to show you how much worse off the Arabs will be if they actually succeed in their goal of wiping us from the map. When they come to realize this, then the chances of peace will be greater.

 

Update: A UN report on Neo Pal living standards confirms this (hat tip: Solomonia).

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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