So concludes a typically snide let's-have-another-bash-at-Israel article by the BBC's Jon Donnison, reporting on restrictings placed on Palestinians' freedom of movement between Gaza and the West Bank ever since the Second Intifada.
It was the reply of a Gaza woman whose degree in Gender Studies at Birzeit University has been put on hold owing to the Israeli restrictions. Writes Donnison:
"I ask her if one day she can imagine going to do her shopping in the West Bank in the morning, before attending her classes in the afternoon and then heading home to Gaza in the evening for dinner with her family.""It's a dream," she smiles. "But I am not optimistic."
Al Beeb's practice is to tell us in a sort of grudging aside that Hamas is considered by Israel to be a terrorist organisation (in the same way as the formulaic phrases "Israel says" or "Israel disputes this" turn up near the end of reports that almost invariably present the Palestinian position first), but they have never, so far as I'm aware, told us exactly and at length what is in the Hamas Charter to make Israel so justifiably fearful. Indeed, I seem recall that Jeremy Bowen, during Cast Lead, omitting the bits of a cleric's rantings that reflected genocidal intent towards Jewish (not just Israeli) children...
Donnison's latest article, entitled "Hamas denies it will attack Israel in any war with Iran," is a case in point:
"Although both Hamas and Iran are hostile towards Israel, which regards the Palestinian group as a terrorist organisation, Hamas supporters are Sunni Muslims while Iran has Shia Muslim majority.
This makes it much closer to Hezbollah, a Shia Islamist movement which operates in southern Lebanon. [My emphasis]"No explanation as to why.
Today on the website there's an admission of sorts that the Hamas Charter is antisemitic, but you have to read Al Beeb's rather snotty feature on Freemasonry to find it:
"The charter of Hamas - the Islamist party governing Gaza - states that the Freemasons are in league with the Jews and the Rotary Club to undermine Palestine"Of course, the admission is not there to highlight judeophobia, but to inform a point the freelancer (note, freelancer, not one of the Bowen gang) who wrote it is making about attitudes to Freemasons.
So, when will Al Beeb give the bare facts about the antisemitic and genocidal nature of the Hamas Charter on its Middle East pages, so that readers have the full background of what valiant Israel is up against?
"It's a dream," she frowns. "But I am not optimistic."