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Tuesday, March 16, 2004


"Ashdod bombs leave Palestinian cabinet in tatters"

I am so offended by this I can hardly breathe.
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AFP) - "The double suicide attacks in Ashdod which led Israel to freeze the political process have plunged the Palestinian government into one of its deepest crises yet with newly-installed prime minister Ahmed Qorei threatening to resign, cabinet sources said."
I thought this TERRORIST ATTACK left ten innocent people DEAD (quite literally in tatters), their families' and friends' lives shattered, and certainly their sixteen children in an agony I can't imagine . . . . but I never thought about THE POOR PALESTINIANS! and how the "bombs" (attached to two Palestinian teenagers) might have "plunged" them into "one of the deepest crises yet."

More such words and phrases follow: pressure, emergency, aftermath, "cracking at the seams," "completely crippled" . . .

And of course, Israel is blamed:
. . . some ministers sought to play down the divisions within the Palestinian leadership and insisted the current crisis was entirely Israel's responsibility.

"There is no peace process to speak of that might have been affected by the attack. The main reason behind this internal deterioration is the absence of political hope," said Palestinian labour minister Ghassan Khatib. "It's true that the Palestinian government is under pressure but it is not responsible for obstructing progress," he told AFP.
624 words, and no mention, NO MENTION that Arafat's Fatah was itself responsible, NO MENTION of the ten dead Jews.
"The Ashdod bombings, whose immediate result was the cancellation of much-delayed summit between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Qorei . . . "
Funny, I thought the "immediate result" was innocent civilians blown to bits, dead and never coming back. I thought the "immediate result" was a new rash of funerals.

Israeli rescue workers stand next to dead bodies of victims at the
bombsite in Ashdod, March 14, 2004. Two Palestinian suicide bombers
killed at least seven other people in a double-attack at Israel's port of
Ashdod, prompting Israel to cancel talks on arranging an Israeli-Palestinian
peace summit. (Nir Elias/Reuters)

A relative grieves over the grave of Tzion Dahan, 30, during his
funeral in the southern city of Ashdod. . .
(AFP/Nadav Neuhaus)

Relatives of Zion Dahan weep at his gravesite during his funeral in the
Israeli port city of Ashdod, Monday, March 15, 2004 . . .
(AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)

The father of Gil Abutbul mourns over his coffin during his funeral in
Ashdod, March 15, 2004. . . (Nir Elias/Reuters)

The wife of Gil Abutbul mourns over his coffin during his funeral in
Ashdod, March 15, 2004. . . REUTERS/ Nir Elias

The Poor Poor Palestinians . .
A cabinet minister said Qorei deplored that his recent trip to Europe yielded little backing and quoted him as saying that "everybody has turned their backs on us, except France."
Hell, even in their coverage of the Ashdod attack itself, AFP doesn't mention the dead! though it does make sure to provide names, ages, home "towns" and terrorist associations of the two terrorist scum. See it to believe it.

My heart is on the floor. I'm afraid it's turning to stone.