Saturday 10 December 2016

Deja vu all over again as our memories play tricks on us over the Palestinian crisis

Robert Fisk

Published 14/07/2014 | 02:30

An explosion is seen in the northern Gaza Strip after an Israeli air strike. Reuters
An explosion is seen in the northern Gaza Strip after an Israeli air strike. Reuters
Israeli soldiers from the Nahal Infantry Brigade walk across a field near central Gaza Strip. Reuters
Smoke rises after an explosion in the northern Gaza Strip. Reuters
Smoke is seen following what police said was an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Reuters
Smoke rises following a launch by Palestinian militants of several rockets towards Israel, as seen from the Israel-Gaza border. AP
A Palestinian protester holds a picture of Gaza's victims as he argues with an Israeli army soldier during a protest against Israeli air strikes on Gaza, at Hawara checkpoint near the the West Bank city of Nablus. Reuters
A missile is launched by Palestinian militants from Gaza towards southern Israel, as seen from the Israel-Gaza border, in Sderot. AP
The father of four-year-old Palestinian boy Muayed al-Araj, who hospital officials said was killed in an Israeli air strike on his family's house, carries Muayed's body as he sits on the rubble of his house during Muayed's funeral in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. Reuters
An Israeli Iron Dome interceptor rocket flies above the Tel Aviv skyline. Reuters
The son (L) of one of the Palestinian members of Tayseer Al-Batsh's family, who hospital officials said were killed in an Israeli air strike, mourns during their funeral in Gaza City. Reuters

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.

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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.

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