Approaching Conflicts
Contexts, Perspectives, and Values in Israel Education

Gaza Strip’s Middle Class Enjoys Spin Classes, Fine Dining, Private Beaches

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Alongside the Hamas training camps and bombed-out neighborhoods, there is a parallel reality where the wafer-thin Palestinian middle class is wooed by massage therapists, spin classes, and private beach resorts.

Media images beamed from the Gaza Strip rightly focus on the territory’s abundant miseries. But rising from the rubble of last summer’s devastating war with Israel are a handful of new ­luxury-car dealerships, boutiques selling designer jeans, and a hip downtown restaurant, “Sushi Nights.”