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Al Jazeera Trying To Keep People In The Dark About Gaza

Al Jizz laments the supposed lack of electricity in Gaza.

Sebastien Leban/Al Jazeera
Sebastien Leban/Al Jazeera

The Gaza Strip has been under siege for a decade, with a strict Israeli-Egyptian blockade controlling the entry and exit of people and goods.

Electricity is rationed throughout the territory, as Gaza has access to less than half of its power needs through purchases and local generation, officials say. Residents may receive eight hours or fewer of electricity a day, with blackouts common.

Gaza’s power plant was bombed in 2006 and the electricity network suffered further damage during the 2014 war, straining the system to its limits. The lack of electricity also has consequences for the pumping and treatment of sewage water.

In addition to Israeli attacks and restrictions, infighting between Hamas in Gaza and the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah have contributed to a lack of progress in solving the territory’s power crisis.

“There are plans to develop a new power plant or even solar fields, but … we need international approval and we lack agreements between Fatah and Hamas,” said Hazem Ahmed, a representative of Gaza’s local power company.

What this piece seems to be missing is the electricity Hamas is consuming for their nefarious purposes. For instance, they have been reportedly digging 10 kilometers (6 miles) of terror tunnels a day. I am not expert in that enterprise, but they clearly need lighting for that.

hamas tunnel

The tunnel excavators reportedly use other electricity-consuming items, such as refrigerator motors, which they can put to their own use.

Clearly, I am on to something, since electricity-related work accidents are a thing.

There’s also the matter of their rocket production industry, of which electrodes are one of the most vital components. One need not wonder too hard why.

And all of this presupposes there is an actual shortage. I am not sure whether or not there is, but that recent Hamas video of life in Gaza seems to suggest otherwise.

https://youtu.be/zeRlfcLAUII

In particular:

1:09 – the streets
1:12 – the soccer field
1:30 – inside a building
1:31 – the streets again
1:33 – a hotel
2:01 – an outdoor restaurant
2:15 – an amusement park
2:16 – another restaurant

As does the plethora of photos of Gaza you can find online, especially in my “concentration camp Gaza” series.

Nope, I am not buying the lies. And you shouldn’t either.

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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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