On Sept, 2nd I commented on Mehdi Hasan’s CiF pice, A State of Palestine would backfire on its own people, which opposed the upcoming Palestinian Declaration of Independence (UDI), not because it would be injurious to the peace process but because it would mean the de facto recognition of the Jewish state, and bring to an end the immutable (inheritable) grievance of the “nine million” Palestinian “refugees” in the “diaspora”.
Hasan’s commentary, which, quite predictably, vilified and demonized the Jewish state in a manner consistent with those who seek the end of Jewish sovereignty in the Middle East, included this photo:
First, the characterization of the event as a “march” is grossly inaccurate.
The incident was one in a series of violent acts on May 15th, 2011 – a date known by anti-Israel activists as “Nakba Day” (which mourns Israel’s very existence) – which took place on the Lebanon and Syrian borders, as well as in East Jerusalem, Qalandia, Bethlehem, Beit Omar and Nebi Salah, and elsewhere, and which was believed to be an Iranian sponsored provocation.
The incident, which the photo illustrates, occurred at the Erez crossing in the Gaza Strip, where dozens of Gazan civilians breached a Hamas roadblock during the early afternoon hours on May 15, and attempted to damage the crossing (which also gives Palestinians humanitarian aid) and illegally cross the border into Israel.
The protester allegedly injured was a resident of Palestinian ruled Gaza, not the West Bank.
In other words, the man who’s the focus of the Guardian photo is not one of the “refugees” which Hasan’s piece focuses on but, rather, a citizen of an independent Hamas-run Palestinian state who was attempting to storm the border of a state which his country is essentially at war with.
Other than complimenting Hasan’s broader narrative, of Israeli villainy and immutable Palestinian victimhood, what possible relevance does the photo have with the commentary?
- Harriet Sherwood’s truncated history of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (cifwatch.com)
- CiF provides another platform to a commentator opposed to any solution recognizing a Jewish state (cifwatch.com)
- Harriet Sherwood assumes peaceful intent of Palestinian resistance in Sept, despite prior violence (cifwatch.com)
- Harriet Sherwood inadvertently shows that a Palestinian state wouldn’t end the conflict (cifwatch.com)
- Harriet Sherwood report accuses Israel of contaminating Gaza’s beaches (cifwatch.com)
- Report documents Guardian’s consistent promotion of commentators who reject Israel’s right to exist (cifwatch.com)
- Immutable Victim: The Guardian continues to champion Jewish anti-Zionist writer, Tony Kushner (cifwatch.com)
- Is it possible to “understand” Ben White’s antisemitism? CiF again sanctions opposition to peace with Israel (cifwatch.com)
- Requisite photo of Palestinians behind bars accompanies “report” by Harriet Sherwood on anti-BDS bill (cifwatch.com)
- Conal Urquhart quotes Ben White as a source in Guardian’s second whitewash of anti-Semitic preacher (cifwatch.com)