19 September '10
Laila El-Haddad, she of “Gaza was never a place with a quantitative food shortage…“, issued another communique via CiF – her media channel of choice. This time the subject is Gaza left out in the cold. If it is not immediately clear what kind of cold Laila means this time, the lede answers:
The US-sponsored Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and Israeli policy seek to exclude residents of the Gaza Strip.
One can easily imagine Gazans, desperate for peace talks, knocking on the locked gates of the peace talks castle… but Laila, who is not too clever and shows herself a consistently poor propagandist, destroys this effect immediately:
Ask any resident of Gaza what their thoughts are on the US-sponsored “direct talks” between Israel and Mahmoud Abbas’s Ramallah government, and you’re likely to hear one of three responses:
1) Surely, you jest;
2) Something’s rotten in Ramallah;
Are you still under the illusion that Gazans want to take part in the peace talks? If you still are, Gazans made sure that their position on the peace talks is expressed in a clear and unequivocal manner.
And then, in the time honored tradition, Laila throws in the usual:
Though Israeli disengaged from Gaza in 2005, access and movement of goods and people in Gaza as well as airspace, sea space and population registration remain under Israeli control – all a critical part of any discussion on Palestinian statehood.
Too bad. This oft-repeated half-lie demands a repeat quiz from an old post of mine.
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