Friday, April 21, 2006

I Complain, Therefore I still don't Exist...

It's clear the online MSM are starting to take their blogging counterparts seriously. Good, we're here to stay!

The Guardian online today picked up a story from a Palestinian blogger, Laila El-Haddad, in which the unfortunate traveller and holder of a PA issued passport reports Kafkaesque experiences with trying to book a flight online with BA. Turns out that to BA, Palestinians don't exist...


You can read the full story here
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Ironically, at the time of writing, The Guardian piece provides a broken link to Laila's blog called "Raising Yousuf: A Diary of a Mother under Occupation". Clearly, to The Guardian Laila's blog also doesn't exist, al least not in terms of providing a working hyperlink to her work.

I've complained to The Guardian about this issue. Will I exist? To be updated soon...

Please find the Laila El-Haddad blog here. There, that wasn't too hard, now was it?

Here's a photograph of the "non-existent" Laila and and her little boy Yousuf. I must be seeing things...

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3 Comments:

At 7:08 PM, Blogger Sophia said...

Gert,

I read the original post and then the edited version in the Guardian. It was interesting also to read the comments in the Guardian. If I were to edit Laila for a major western newspaper and I think she deserves it because her blog is valuable in terms of what it can tell on everyday life in Gaza, I would advice her to change her tone a little bit, don't give the feeling of lamenting and whining, distill a little bit of humour in the story and put the story in context. The context here must have been, besides difficulties of life for Palestinians, online booking. Clearly, online booking format does not exhaust every aspect of the lives and the particular situations of individuals. Laila missed this point and some of her dull commentators were comparing her situation to other normal situations encountered on online booking. It bothered me.

 
At 9:22 PM, Blogger Sophia said...

On the status of Palestinians living in East Jerusalem (not only they dont exist but thanks to Olmert now they will be able to intermittently exist and then not exist, like the Chewshire cat):
http://www.counterpunch.org/cook04212006.html

 
At 2:50 PM, Blogger Gert said...

The CounterPunch link. Thanks.

 

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