|This is a guest post by Jonathan HoffmanThe Guardian website today carried a report about the clashes between the aid convoy led by George Galloway and the Egyptian police. Of course the article demonised Israel:
That’s simply a lie – no other word for it. In December alone:
The article goes on to report that Egyptian officials told the convoy that some of their trucks could not pass through Rafah but had to enter into southern Israel and then pass through an Israeli-controlled crossing into Gaza.
This demonising of Israel is completely untrue. And there would have been no clash of convoy members with the Egyptian police if the aid had been delivered via Israel, as the Egyptian government requested. But then the publicity opportunities for Galloway would have been far fewer and he could not have laid into Israel. As the always astute Melanie Phillips observes:
Elder of Ziyon has also blogged on this Guardian Report. He notes that the initial piece was even worse and it had to be edited (as acknowledged in the article history):
PS Look what Juana Jaafar, a Malaysian convoy participant from Mahathir’s group, tweeted to her friends from El Arish:
It has been pointed out to me (on Harry’s Place by “Mr Danger”, 10:45 9/1, guest post by Sarah) that this Tweet was a continuation of an earlier Tweet:
Tweet 1: “Members sitting at gates. Someone leading a doa. Doa man crying while doa. I don’t understand Arabic but I know stuff being said bout
Tweet 2: “Yahudi” and am feeling uncomfortable. There are Jews in and supporting our mission …”
That obviously is a very different meaning from the one I thought at first (before connecting the two tweets). I am happy to set the record straight.