Thursday, 17 June 2010

Gaza a Giant Prison?

These pictures from Gaza have been recently published in The Guardian. They are quite astonishing to witness alongside all the fury and moral outrage generated by the idea that Gaza is a modern Warsaw Ghetto. That's a pretty insulting view, imo, used only to twist the knife of the Holocaust a malevolent and cruel reminder. I don't know what life in Gaza is really like, but nor do most people. Though one wouldn't imagine so to listen to them tell you how it is.

Anyway, these pictures are dramatic. Look at the health of the children in the photos. Look at the conditions - hardly a concentration camp. Of course, this is a very narrow view of Gaza, it would be ridiculous to take any group of pictures as representative. But that cuts both ways and is what people appear to be missing. These pictures make a sharp illustartion of that, I think.

Palestinian children play at a summer camp run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) on a beach in Gaza City
Photograph: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images


Martin Firestein said...

Speaking of the power of pictures, check out this one of Israelis supposedly attacking a Palestinian woman:

I've always wondered if this was a doctored image or not cuz look at the left leg of the boy in the blue shirt. Where'd his foot go? The image makes it look like there's a step there, but I'm not so sure.

Any thoughts?

the_last_name_left said...

Hi M. I don't know if it is fake. It certainly might be. The shadow on the bottom left looks particularly iffy.....well, all of it does. But nothing I can see to justify claims of definite fakery. I suspect it is though - why not?

I put up a post on left-antisemitism....a post from the augeanstables. It's very good. Excellent description.