Sunday, May 1, 2011

"There is No Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza" - Update

In 2010, before Fatah and Hamas tied the knot, Azzam al-Ahmed
of the PA in the West Bank claimed there was no humanitarian
crisis in Gaza. Who you gonna believe?

As a relatively new blogger, I still haven't fully conditioned myself to check for spammed comments to my posts. But, today I did and saw that a reader tried four times to contradict my post about the Red Cross assertion that there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza. This is what s/he wrote:

"The article regarding Red Cross: there is no a humanitarian crisis and Mathilde Redmatn Red Cross Official is a false report. I called the ICRC Headquarters and they could not find a Mathilde Redmatn in their directory and said there is no such title as "Deputy Director of Gaza". I reported this to other leading organizations associated with the Red Cross to request they send out an accurate statement in response to this article circulating."

Well, I got a little upset about it, immediately did a Google check and found that several anti-Zionist bloggers, including Mondoweiss, jumped on this allegation without doing their own fact-finding.

Turns out there is a perfectly good explanation for a misunderstanding and CAMERA Snapshots has the answer. It pays to be vigilant with so many Hamas groupies trolling the blogosphere:

"April 28, 2011

Turning a Misspelling into a Fabrication

People can get pretty desperate. One example of how desperate they can get played itself out on Snapshots, when a commenter attempted to discredit an article we linked to a few days ago. The original article quoted an official from the Red Cross as stating there was no humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip. The person quoted is named as Mathilde Redmatn, deputy director of the Red Cross in the Gaza Strip.

A few hours after CAMERA posted a link to the article, a commenter stated that the article was false because there was no one by the name of “Mathilde Redmatn” working for the Red Cross. A similar statement appeared on the Mondoweiss blog.

Interestingly enough, even the Mondoweiss blog entry acknowledged that there was someone working for the Red Cross with a similar name. A commenter, who disagreed with the premise that there was no humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip still had the presence of mind to acknowledge that Redmatn’s name got misspelled in the course of the article being translated from Hebrew into English.

Given Snapshots' interest in the accuracy of the article in question, CAMERA contacted both the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Jerusalem and the IDF website article’s author, Rotem Caro Weizman. The ICRC confirmed that it does in fact have a Mathilde De Riedmatten in its employ – and her title is ICRC Deputy Head of Sub Delegation in Gaza.

And Ms. Weizman confirmed that the name ‘Mathilde Redmatn’ was indeed mistranslated from the Hebrew into English.

Ms. Weizman stands by her story and barring a denial from the Red Cross, it seems reasonable to conclude that the quote is, in fact, accurate.

As to the complaints about a humanitarian crisis taking place in the Gaza Strip, commenters should take it up with Mathilde De Riedmatten." -- CAMERA Snapshots

What lends the story further credibility is that the IDF published the extended interview with De Riedmatten in which she was rather critical of Israel's handling of the blockade.



  2. The Gaza police report that there is a Mathilde Redmatn


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