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December 22, 2005

Palestinians Take Over Israeli Greenhouses, Now Beg For Help

Yeah... they weren't just making that stuff up about "making the deserts bloom," guys:

The Palestinians who took over the Jewish greenhouses in the Gaza Strip when Israel withdrew its communities from the area now are asking expelled farmers for advice after reportedly failing to reproduce the region's famous insect-free vegetables, WND has learned.

Prior to Israel's August withdrawal, the residents of Gaza's Gush Katif slate of Jewish communities ran greenhouses known for producing high-quality insect-free vegetables. The Gush Katif gardens featured some of the most technologically advanced agricultural equipment and accounted for more than $100 million per year in exports to Europe. The greenhouses also supplied Israel with 75 percent of its own produce.

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Earlier this month, the Palestinians now running the greenhouses reportedly told the Israeli-Palestinian Economic Cooperation Fund they failed in their efforts to grow bug-free produce.

Now the Palestinian owners have asked the United States Agency for International Development, which has been involved in reconstruction efforts in Gaza, to hire former Jewish Gaza greenhouse owners as consultants for their declining vegetable businesses.

I guess this is understandable. There's an awful lot of experience and know-how that didn't come along with that deal.

Still... if they weren't so anti-Jew and arrogant about their "cultural superiority," they might have kept on some Israeli engineers to help them get things running, eh?

Thanks to Craig, h/t to Sondra K's aptly-named Knowlege is Power.


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