Now what is the significance of ONE letter? In this case, the "G" should have been a "C", so it SHOULD be titled "Cota de Caza, Estate of the Day". You are probably wondering again, "so,
what difference does that make?" Well, if you are searching for news about GAZA and come up with a link to "Cota de Caza" you will see just how ironic this is. Rather than linking to a site concerning Gaza, a war-torn strip of land in the Mideast, you are directed to a site selling a luxury home for 10.9 million dollars in a SWANKY gated community in Orange County, California. The juxtaposition is simply startleing. I wonder how many residents of Cota de Caza even KNOW where Gaza is, much less care. While they are busy with having interior decorators design their gargantuan estates, gardeners manicure their lawns, renting limos for their teenager's upcoming proms, on the other side of the world, in an area with only ONE LETTER difference in name, Palestinians have been suffering for 40 years under a brutal occupation. If the residents of this posh community were confronted with this, what would they think? Would they give up the money spent on a night out at the fancy restaurant to send to a family in GAZA who can barely eek out a living, an area with only ONE LETTER difference in name?
My sister-in-law is a muralist who specializes in children's art. She has painted murals at Children's Hospital and also done several children's rooms in Cota de Caza. They pay her well, up to a thousand dollars or more to paint children's scenes on their child's wall. How far would a thousand dollars go in Gaza? Well, for $1000 you could sponsor a child in Palestine where 2/3 of the residents live on less than $2 a day, less than a McDonald's kids meal. Let's do the math, $1000 would go far, 500 days with these statistics. But I forgot, that pretty mural in their precious child's room is CERTAINLY a necessary item to have, be sure to "Outdo the Jones's" at every turn.
UPDATE: If you link to the site above, you will notice they have changed the "G" to a "C".
You can still link to the same site however, by googling "Coto de Gaza, Estate of the Day".
What a difference a "letter" makes. With the simple flip of a switch they can change their name back to "Caza". But they CANNOT change the irony of their "error". And if anyone else googles "news from Gaza" their humongous estate will STILL be there.
There is even the following comment which was left under the posted estate listing:
Now lets compare and contrast what difference a "letter makes"
Today's estate takes back us back to Coto de Caza, a place we haven't visited since last year. Coto de Caza is the planned community made infamous by being the setting for The Real Housewives of Orange County. This six-bedroom home is Orange County luxury on a grand scale. It is on a nearly six acre spread that includes a stable, garden area and even room for a small vineyard all linked by manicured pathways. The pool is extremely lavish with a spa, water slide, waterfall and a pool bar. Amenities in the home include a home theater, fitness center and multiple lounging areas. The home is a strange mixture of It is listed at $10.95 million. Check out the video tour for more pics and natty narration. After the jump, check out the massive three part mirror over the fireplace.
Much of the strip was plunged into darkness after Israeli war planes hit a power station.
Rafah Refugee Camp, Gaza Strip
C hildren are also inside Israeli jails, many of whom were not charged of anything or even shown to courts
A refugee child crouches among destroyed houses behind his home in Block O of the Rafah refugee camp. The blue hose is from the sewage system which is often destroyed by the Israeli army stationed in Rafah.
Rooftops, Jabalia Refugee Camp
The population density of Jabalia Refugee Camp in the northern Gaza Strip is incredible. Established after the 1948 war to house 35,000 Palestinians who had fled their villages, Jabalia is now home to 103,646 registered refugees (according to UNWRA reports as of June 2002). All of these people live in an area that is less than 1.5 sq km.
A Palestinian woman cries while standing on the rubble of her house during an Israeli raid at the Rafah refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip May 19,2004. Israel's army killed 19 Palestinians in the heaviest raid in the Gaza Strip for years on Tuesday as tanks and infantry thrust into Rafah refugee camp, a militant hotbed, despite an international outcry. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
But for the grace of God go I. What a difference a "letter" makes.