Friday, August 17, 2012

More photos from Starving Gaza

Are they still telling you that Gaza is starving? Are they quoting nebulous reports that strangely lack footnotes or substantiating data? Do you respond with scholarly peer reviewed medical literature that gets brushed aside as propaganda?

We've all been there.

Gaza and the West bank has obesity rates that rival the West, yet we keep hearing about the starving children. We can show photos of overflowing stores, and open air markets. We can show photos of hotels and restaurants. But people just don't want to be bothered with the facts.

I present to you the Almat'haf Hotel and Cultural House in Gaza. Its not nearly as nice as the Al-Mashtal, but its still pretty nice in a rustic, boutique hotel sort of way.

This is from their facebook page, btw.

Notice the date stamp on this photo- its from April of this year. For all you've heard about the water shortage in Gaza, how does this hotel manage to sustain a Koi pond?

Al Quds day around the World

I know I said I was giving up activism. I've stopped tweeting. That was a good start. And by and large, I've abandoned this blog. (Everyone coming here was looking for porn, anyway.) But I don't know why exactly, but I'm really fond of the team here. They did such an amazing job researching the failed Global March to the Jerusalem, but more importantly, they've keep their sense of humor even when surrounded by hate. I'm going to take a break from my break and promote their work. Deal with it.

CiF Watch has prepared a special report on the Iranian linked Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC), chief organizer of this year's Al Quds Day march in London which is scheduled to take place on August 17.

The report spotlights the role played by the IHRC, an integral part of the Iranian support network in the UK, and the manner in which the IHRC takes advantage of its registered charity status despite acting in a manner that runs counter to the Charity Commission's own guidelines on charities and terrorism.

In the calendar of anti-Israel events, the Al Quds Day march in London is perhaps the most disturbing in its blatant display of support for the terror group Hezbollah and vocal calls for the destruction of the State of Israel.

Richard Millet has photos from last years's event here and describes some of the signage

Israel Your Days are Numbered
Death to Israel
Down down Israel
For World Peace Israel Must Be Destroyed
The World Stopped Nazism, The World Must Stop Zionism
We Are All Hizbollah

Yellow Hezbollah flags were everywhere with the flag’s usual gun emblem, which is especially menacing considering that the head of Hizbollah has said that Jews are descended from pigs and apes and that if all the Jews in the world gathered in Israel it would save Hizbollah the trouble of going after them elsewhere.

This was particularly charming:

I dont know why, but Al Quds day was a non-event in the Bay area. Maybe its because all the Al Awda kids are still with Mom and Dad, and school hasn't started yet. Maybe its because JVP is afraid to touch this one, even though they have no trouble partnering with CAIR and AMP, so their standards are fairly loose. Maybe its because International ANSWER has been virtually emasculated, and just cant gather a crowd any more. Or maybe its because everyone is saving up their anger for the Rachel Corrie verdict next week.

That'll be my bet