Al-Jazeera took a look at the booming consumer economy of Gaza in a recent episode of its “Economy and the People” show. Footage from shopping malls, restaurants, and tourist resorts shows that business is thriving. According to the investors and businessmen interviewed, this type of project is attractive because of the promise of quick profits and the low risks involved, but they cited the closure of the border crossings as a major factor impeding development and pinned their hopes on Fatah-Hamas reconciliation, which would lead to an amelioration of the circumstances in Gaza and to rising profits. The report aired on November 26, 2017 – translated by MEMRI.
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