Deja vu all over again as our memories play tricks on us over the Palestinian crisis
We used to keep clippings, a wad of newspaper cuttings on whatever we were writing about: Israel, Lebanon, Iran, Gaza. Occasionally, we even read books. Maybe it's because of the internet, but in most of our reports, it seems that history only started yesterday, or last week.
For snobs, it's called the loss of institutional memory. We journos seem to suffer from it more than most. Our readers, I suspect, do not. So here we go ...
"Israel has ignored mounting international calls for a ceasefire and said it will not stop its crippling assault on Gaza until 'peace and tranquility' are achieved in southern Israeli towns in the line of Palestinian rocket fire ... Arab delegates have met with the United Nations Security Council in New York, urging members to adopt a resolution calling for an immediate end to the Israeli attacks and a permanent ceasefire." This is from a Press Association report.