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Is British journo Jon Snow alleging that Israel doesn’t allow wheelchairs to cross into Gaza?

On July 8th, Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow tweeted this:

However, it’s quite unclear what exactly he was alleging.  Snow thus far hasn’t responded to our tweets asking him for a clarification. 

Is he saying that Israeli (COGAT) authorities at the Erez Crossing (in northern Gaza) don’t allow wheelchair bound Palestinian passengers to pass into Gaza?  Given that thousands of Gazans each year pass through Erez to receive medical treatment in Israel or the West Bank (despite the fact that Hamas sometimes fires rockets at the crossing), it seems extraordinarily unlikely that this could be the case.

Here’s one photo of a “Palestinian passing through metal detector at Erez crossing border with Gaza strip Southern Israel” which we were able to find easily enough.


Here’s an AFP photo of a “Palestinian Christian lady from the Gaza Strip is pushed in a wheelchair through the Erez crossing on December 22, 2011”.


Additionally, the Guardian’s former Jerusalem correspondent Harriet Sherwood published a story on the Erez crossing in 2011, which included this passage:

You are now in Gaza, but confined to a long caged passage through the buffer zone to reach the Palestinian border control at the other end. For those laden with luggage, a Palestinian worker offers his services for a few shekels; for the elderly or infirm, there are a few decrepit wheelchairs standing by.

The photos in Snow’s tweet may very well be the wheelchairs Sherwood alluded to.

A first person essay in Haaretz by a Palestinian published the same year included the following passage about passing through Erez.

The people exiting Gaza pushed their belongings through the turnstile, while those seated in the wheelchairs or who had large possessions were sent though another, ordinary gate.

Here’s a short video clip (from Vine) of the other gate they’re likely referring to.

It seems clear that Snow was either confused, mistaken or intentionally misleading his twitter followers into believing that Israel doesn’t allow wheelchair bound Palestinians through the Erez checkpoint. 

“Says it all” about the capacity of some British journalists to impute Israeli malevolance without credible evidence. 

7 replies »

  1. That’s a weird looking wheelchair. Looks more like a scooter or, even, a luggage cart as in the bottom video.

    When I see Jon Snow;s name, I immediately think Obnoxiously Obsessed Asshole. Naturally, this SAYS IT ALL!

      • So this journo is using a bad photo to damn Israel? I’d say I’m amazed, but…. I’m not. Desperate people (like anti-Semitic Journos claiming to be morally righteous amongst the heathen Jews) use desperate means.

  2. You used “British journalists” and “credible evidence” in the same sentence. That is like finding a ‘moderate member of Hamas’.

  3. My money would be on Snow’s wilfully misleading his tweeple. He must be really contemptuous of them, which ties in with the impression I have of the wretch.

  4. Says it all? What does it say? How would Jon Snow know that it was an “abandoned” wheelchair rather than a wheelchair on-hand, aka equipment, in case someone needs one? Israelis do tend to anticipate such things especially in the area of giving needed medical help, although Jon Snow and his colleagues do their best to censor such endeavors, lest people know that Jews are humanitarian people. Europe has been at this shit a long time.

    Snow is from a country that was handed an international mandate, and broke that mandate in several ways to the detriment of the Jews, whose concerns that mandate was supposed to address. The Jews had to finally take matters into their own hands and kick some Imperial British ass. It’s about time Jon Snow and company got over it.