19 March 2007

A good day for Israeli PR

Ynet reports on a gathering in Ramallah called 'Jerusalem First' conference. The proceedings of the conference are, most probably, as good a proof of a deity pulling some strings as any other natural or supernatural phenomena. After all, it is a rare day when our fairly useless PR machinery gets what is called in modern advertisement lingo "a free gift".

It started with the following call of despair:

Hadash Party Chairman MK Mohammed Barakeh ... sharply attacked Israeli policy in the capital, claiming that it sought to empty the city of its Palestinian inhabitants.

"With all due respect to Al-Aqsa Mosque and its holiness," Barakeh declared, "if Israel succeeds in emptying Jerusalem of its residents, what will be the city's importance? The city, if it has no inhabitants, will be no more than stones."
Unfortunately, the honorable participants in this conference failed to compare notes, and this is what happened:
The Palestinian Authority's "governor of Jerusalem," another conference participant, said that "despite all our fears, we are managing to survive in Jerusalem. In 1967 there were 70,000 Palestinians in Jerusalem and now we are 300,000."
Some stones... Truly a meeting of minds. And this is not all. The above mentioned "governor of Jerusalem" decided to go even farther with the following pearl:
"No historian or archaeologist - even Israeli ones - have ever succeeded in proving that there is a historically based religious or political link between the Jews and Jerusalem."
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Cross-posted on Yourish.com