Once again, the de facto alliance between the New York Times and Hasbara Central is forcing readers to wade through endless detail before learning the news.
The story is a Times report titled “Gazans’ Hopes for Rebuilding After War Give Way to Deeper Despair,” by Diaa Hadid and Majd Al Waheidi. The article dwells at length on the sufferings of Gazans, and the Times can barely hide how happy it is to find some Palestinians who blame Hamas for their troubles.
Finally we reach this key sentence in the 14th paragraph, the first reference to Israel’s actions:
Israel places severe restrictions on the import of building materials, saying they have been used to build tunnels to conduct attacks on Israel.
This misleading sentence could have been crafted by Hasbara Central, implying that Israel is blockading Gaza for militarily defensive reasons.
How about this sentence instead?
Israel has placed an illegal blockade on Gaza in an effort to destroy the spirit of resistance among people trapped in an open air prison, and to induce them to turn against Hamas, the political movement they voted for in 2006.
This site has hundreds of readers in Gaza. We welcome their observations on Gaza today in light of this misleading article.