Monday, February 25, 2008

Gaza Protest Fizzles, Reuters Still Calls It a 'Mass Protest'

For 24 hours, we heard how a massive protest was in the works in Gaza.

Well, after being told there would be up to 50,000 protesters, all they could muster up supposedly was 4,500. I haven't seen so much fuzzy math since the Million Man March.

They get more at car swarms, for crying out loud.

But how stupid does Reuters look?

Gazans stage mass protest against Israeli blockade
Thousands of Palestinians formed a human chain in the Gaza Strip on Monday in a protest against an Israeli blockade that has deepened hardship in the Hamas-controlled territory.

Israel had put troops on alert along the frontier and threatened to open fire if protesters tried to surge across the border. Organizers had forecast 40,000 to 50,000 participants but only about 4,500 people turned out in inclement weather.
Sure, blame it on the weather. Maybe those evil Jooos control the weather, too.
Although the event, promoted by Hamas Islamists and allied activists, was peaceful, militants in the Gaza Strip fired rockets at southern Israel while the protest was under way, wounding a child.
Yes, those peaceful activist are still busy trying to murder innocent Israeli children.

Did we mention how peaceful they are?
After the human chain broke up, Palestinian youngsters hurled rocks at Israeli soldiers at Gaza's Erez border crossing. The Israeli army said it detained 50 stone-throwers.

Gaza's isolation intensified when Hamas took control of the area in June after street fighting in which it routed Fatah forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who has embarked on peace talks with Israel.

Last month, Israel tightened the blockade on the territory of 1.5 million people, limiting supplies of fuel and other goods in what it described as a response to cross-border rocket fire by militants.

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