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December 19, 2008

Axis Lauren

Lauren Booth more recent photo.jpg

Mildred "Axis Sally" Gillars was an American born aspiring actress who sold her services to the Nazis during World War II. Posing as a humanitarian worker (Red Cross volunteer), she interviewed captured American GIs and broadcast their manipulated words on a radio show heard by American troops all over Europe in an attempt to demoralize them.

Now we have Lauren Booth, impudent pro-Palestinian activist, in the employ of Iranian radio. Booth gained attention earlier this year after she likened Gaza to a concentration camp during a visit where she was photographed shopping at a well-stocked computerized Gazan food mart.

She is active in the "Free Gaza" movement that penetrated the Israeli naval cordon to allegedly bring humanitarian supplies to Gaza despite the fact that, according to Khaled Abdel Shaafi, director the United Nations Development Program, there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

On Dec. 19, 2008, the on-line version of the Independent carried a brief piece "Booth lands Iranian gig" reporting that Booth, the sister-in-law of former British Prime Minister and current special envoy to the Middle East, Tony Blair,

is now on the payroll of the Iranian government. Lauren Booth recently took over a presenting slot on the state-funded news channel, Press TV.
Booth, who was refused entry into Israel during a humanitarian trip to Gaza in the summer, has begun fronting the channel's newspaper review show Between The Headlines.
A regular viewer tells me she courteously opts to wear a headscarf throughout the programme.

Posted by SS at December 19, 2008 10:18 AM


I don't suppose you will have the integrity to post this comment, but if you DID have an ounce of integrity you would.

Khalid Abdel Shafi NEVER made the statement you are attributing to him.

Here is the ORIGINAL article this "quote" you claim he made was taken from. The ONLY thing that he HIMSELF stated as opposed to what the JOURNALIST wrote was:

"This has been the most severe crisis Gaza has ever witnessed," said the Palestinian economist who heads the United Nations Development Program here. "In my opinion, it will take years to recover."

Check it out, and IF you are one ounce honest you will correct this post accordingly.

Posted by: Robin at December 19, 2008 08:48 PM

You must be crazy if you think there is no hunanitarian crisis in Gaza. Tell that to the medical staff in Palestinian hospitals where there is a chronic shortange of drugs, thanks to the Israel blockade; and tell that to the people without fuel or electricity.

while foreigners born in Britain, the United States and elsewhere live a life of luxury in occupied Palestine,often in the very homes stolen from their rightful owners, the ousted people of Palestine are treated worse than cattle by the Israeli regime.

The Israelis should remember that time moves on and the most mighty of states eventually crumble.
Look what happened to the seemingly indestuctible Soviet Union.

I am glad that,thanks to Press TV, there is a station to balance the bias of pro-Israeli propaganda organs such as CNN and the rest of the US media and British media.

Posted by: Roger Tidy at December 20, 2008 09:10 AM

Hello, Robin, and welcome to Snapshots. We have considered your request for a correction and rejected it. You assume that our source for Abdel Shafi's statement about Gaza's economy is a June 2008 article from the Toronto Star.

It is not. In fact, our source is much more recent -- a Dec. 12, 2008 article in The Globe and Mail entitled "In Gaza, tunnel vision staves off starvation." Reporter Patrick Martin wrote:

"Reports that as many as 50 per cent of children are suffering from malnutrition are exaggerations, says Khaled Abdel Shaafi, director of the United Nations Development Program.

"'This is not a humanitarian crisis,' he said. 'It's an economic crisis, a political crisis, but it's not a humanitarian crisis. People aren't starving.'"

"That doesn't mean it's pleasant, he said. 'It's like a prison: You have shelter and food, but it's not a nice place to live.'"

The article is still available free online at ScrippsNews:

(To view it on the Globe and Mail, you must pay a fee).

Roger Tidy, I guess this makes Abdel Shaafi "crazy."

Posted by: TS at December 20, 2008 12:33 PM

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