Making Hay of the Situation in “Concentration Camp” Gaza
The National begins a report on Gaza thus:
The dire economic situation in Gaza is casting dark shadows upon the remaining horse clubs and breeders in the besieged coastal strip, where many youngsters dream of accompanying their horses to international contests but instead face a cruel reality.
I. Just. Can’t.
This so-called destitute “open-air prison” and “concentration camp” (according to the haters) has horse clubs and horse breeders.
“The horse-riding sport is so special, even if it is limited in Gaza,” said Noor, 17, who won her first tournament at the age of 9. She has a 15-year-old brown horse, aptly named Chocolate.
The report goes on to explain how dire the economic situation has become.
One of the club owners, Abed Mohammed Al Haiek, said they had 43 horses before the war with Israel in May, but now only 38 are left as the area is suffering from shortages of proper food, vital medicines and vaccines.
“The food for each horse costs about 300 shekels monthly [$93], besides extra expenses like medicine and salaries,” he said.
“With the bad economic situation, we face mounting challenges to keep the place running. I am going to expand the activities of the club and open a tennis court, so I can have extra income.”
Forced to open a tennis court. The inhumanity!
Oh, and in case you were wondering:
Prices for horses can start at $10,000 and the animals have to enter Gaza through Karem Shalom crossing, south of Gaza Strip, which is also controlled by the Israelis.
I don’t know any Israelis who own a horse.
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