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.