October 9, 2009



The LA Times tells its readers an 'amusing' tale of how Palestinian children in Gaza gaze delightedly at an ass disguised (via masking tape and hair dye) as a Zebra. According to the article, 'A genuine zebra would have been too expensive to bring into the Gaza Strip via smuggling tunnels under the border with Egypt, said owner Mohammed Bargouthi. "It would have cost me $40,000 to get a real one."Bargouthi's zoo charged an entrance fee of $15 for a full busload of children'.

I hope the LA Times reader who put this link up on FARK forgives me, but I find nothing even remotely amusing about this sorry situation. Frankly, I don't know who to feel sorrier for: The zoo-keeper for resorting to something this desperate, the children who may never leave their Israeli prison to see anything aside from a painted-ass, or the donkey who has the misfortune - as all the other poor creatures who live there - to be Palestinian.

Honestly, the more I look at the donkey the less amused (and more annoyed) I get by this whole fiasco.

6 comments:

poisson said...

none of the kids look delighted. scared rather.

Xeb said...

p: do you blame them? it's an ass dressed up as a Zebra!

Desert Mystery said...

Amazing how LA times finds this donkey story so important while it ignores the crimes of the Zionist Occupying Entity. Article reeks of AIPAC trying to gain sympathy from animal rights Angelinos.

Deepak Iyer said...

It's just one of those sadly tragic things. I would judge anyone who finds this amusing.

Xeb said...

DM: Surprised?

D: I do too.

Desert Mystery said...

On a more uplifting note:

"That meant that if the couple were going to marry, it would have to be May who left the West Bank. She and her mother took a shared taxi to Jordan and then traveled on to Egypt. She then had to bid her mother farewell at the Egyptian side of the border with Gaza. She didn't know if she would ever see her family again. And she knew she would have to crawl through the infamous smugglers' tunnels into the Gaza Strip, if she was ever to be happily married."