My Mideast Punchlines: ignorance is bliss…

Eamon Delaney‘s book review for the Irish Independent of one author’s experiences in the Middle East does not appear at first sight to be contentious.

However, it includes the following statements:

Her first [Dervla Murphy’s book], entitled A Month by the Sea – Encounters in Gaza, described conditions in the crowded Mediterranean strip of Gaza, which is surrounded by Israel, run by Hamas and sustained by smuggling.

Gaza is not “surrounded by Israel.” It also has a border with Egypt, which is also blockading the Hamas-controlled Strip.

Referring to the West Bank / Judea & Samaria, Delaney states that the territory is:

Surrounded by a huge wall …

Except the area is not “surrounded by a huge wall.” Firstly, considering the territory borders Jordan, it cannot considered to be “surrounded.” Secondly, Israel’s security barrier is not a “huge wall” but is over 95 percent chain link fence.

Small FistThere’s so much blissful ignorance bouncing around in Delaney’s review that he ought to consider changing his name to Rick O’Shea.

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