Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Gaza Ghetto

By Alvaro Vargas Llosa
June 15, 2010

I arrived in Gaza just hours after Israel’s May 31 commando raid on the flotilla led by Turkish activists. I wanted to gauge the effects of the blockade maintained by Israel since 2007, when Hamas took over all of Gaza’s institutions, and of Israel’s 2008-09 military offensive to stop Hamas rocket barrages.

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rosemerry said...

I cannot imagine why someone would go to Gaza to add to their woes with such an account, full of inuendos and criticising the victims. He takes Israel's "fears" as a given and ignores the democratic election of Hamas, which is supposedly "in charge" but is fully trapped by IDF.
The first day of "Cast Lead" saw 36 newly trained policemen murdered by the IDF, and now Hamas is still expected to "control" without error the whole prison camp.

jmaria said...

If we are frustrated with the role of the corporate media in its fact-finding mission of reporting, we should do so with the facts-cherry picking- assessment of the Gaza horrific situation, given by Alvaro Vargas Llosa. In not a so subtle manner, he conveniently shift the blame for the Gaza predicament from Israel to Hamas,brushing aside the fact that the blockade is an illegal act imposed upon the Gaza population by the occupying power, Israel.

Instead of blaming Israel, Mr. Vargas Llosa praises it for being a country that has given such humane and imaginative response to colossal challenges - they have willfully forgotten to show such humane and imaginative response to the Palestinians.

It should be noted that Mr Vargas Llosa is a vocal opponent of the governments of Venezuela, Bolivia, and Ecuador, for their courageous stance against the USA and the pernicious policies advocated by it. Specially relevant is their opposition to Free Market Economics, the doctrine cheerfully advocated throughout the region by Mr. Alvaro Vargas Llosa. the