Whilst wading through the GIYUS-style spam which is being posted underneath articles about the lethal act of Israeli piracy earlier this week, I’ve occasionally bumped into references about how the Israeli blockade doesn’t need to be broken anyway
The Friends of Israel who’ve commented against the necessity of blockade running have informed the casual reader that market stalls in Gaza are literally groaning under the weight of produce on offer.
They’ve also mentioned that exotic, mouth-watering dishes such as ‘steak au poivre’ are on offer in Gaza’s extensive selection of gourmet restaurants
A quick Google search for ‘Fine Dining in Gaza’ by myself and the source of this nonsense was quickly established…
“In a bid to stir awareness of anti-Israeli slants in foreign media coverage of Gaza, the Government Press Office sent an e-mail on Wednesday to members of the Foreign Press Association in Israel containing a guide to a luxurious restaurant in the Strip and a recently opened Olympic-sized pool”
Hmmm, fine dining and lovely big swimming pools
Would those swimming pools be even more luxurious than this one?
And would those markets and restaurants be even more overstocked with tasty comestibles than the ones they had in this paradise on earth?
I don’t know what the fuck is going on in Gaza. I do know that I’ve always been able to get a decent meal even in the shittiest places I’ve been to around the world, provided I had enough money in my pocket. I wouldn’t however be so wilfully deceitful as to pretend that this proved the general populations in those shitty places were having it easy
So, no I haven’t been to Gaza, but when apologists for what’s going on there start quoting from the Auschwitz and Theresienstadt Lonely Planet Guide, c.1944 I certainly start to feel creeped out
And if a goy like myself feels creeped out by references to swimming pools as being proof that life is OK somewhere I would hazard a guess that the better educated mensch behind that press release would have at least some idea of the historical irony they're toying with