A staunchly pro-Israel woman has written what many regional experts claim should be the concluding thought on the recent escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip.
Posting in the comments section of The Guardian newspaper, under an article describing how the death toll in Gaza had passed 100, Teresa Partridge, writing from her north London home, published a 46-word comment not just excusing Israel’s deadly military assaults, but condoning further activity and, if necessary, a full-scale ground invasion.
Within minutes of the message going online, The Guardian closed the page to all further comments, and later blocked readers from having their say across most other stories relating to Gaza.
“To be honest, as soon as I read Partridge’s piece, there was really nothing more to say,” said Abdul Ghanem, a blogger in Lebanon who had previously been arguing against Israel’s foreign policy online. “She really opened my eyes to the situation. I certainly won’t be speaking out against Israel any more and I doubt anyone else has anything else to add.”
Fatima Abdulla, a mother in Gaza City, claimed that reading Partridge’s comment on The Guardian website also helped her appreciate why the collective punishment of her country’s population was necessary.
“Sure, I may have witnessed horrifying levels of death and destruction over the past few days, entire families murdered by Israeli airstrikes and hundreds left homeless and helpless, but seeing Partridge’s justification of everything made me understand Israel’s point of view and the need step up the bombing raids to ensure the security of its people,” she said.
The Guardian comment isn’t Partridge’s first piece regarding the situation in Gaza. Two days ago, all discussion on the crisis was brought to a halt on Facebook after she posted a swift response on a friend’s wall after they had put up a picture of a Gazan man carrying an injured child.