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September 19, 2008

Lauren Booth Photographed Shopping at Grocery Store in Gaza "Concentration Camp"

lauren booth shopping in gaza.jpgLauren Booth, the sister in law to former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, recently offered her opinion that Gaza resembled a "concentration camp" and decried the humanitarian situation there, claiming it rivaled that of Darfur.

This photo taken during her recent excursion to Gaza with the Free Gaza Committee shows Ms. Booth shopping in a well-stocked, computerized, grocery store in the alleged concentration camp.

Posted by SS at September 19, 2008 12:46 PM


You would think in a country at seige she whould at least have the grace to look sheepish while being such a consumer!
Candy bars and soft drinks!

Posted by: lola de huerta at September 19, 2008 04:40 PM

You are so right. Gaza is like Vegas!

Posted by: Bauren Looth at September 20, 2008 03:19 AM

ONLY CORN FLAKES?? It must be worse than treblinka!

Posted by: Erick at September 20, 2008 11:19 PM

Frogot about this,


Posted by: Erick at September 21, 2008 12:00 AM

i don't see why we must pay this outrageous publicity-hound any heed.
She uses the miserable Palestinian people to further her own career.
Let her hold a vigil in front of Hamas headquarters in Gaza to stop the internecine warfare among the Palestinians there.

Posted by: David Landy at September 21, 2008 09:03 PM

It's nearly enough to make you hum the national anthem isn't it?

Posted by: Queen of Suburbia at September 22, 2008 08:24 PM

How clueless can you get??

In one swipe, she manages to trivialize the Holocaust, insult the victims of Darfur and calumnize Israel all while while publicizing herself. Amazing.

Didn't she think it might be considered bad taste, not to mention that it totally undermines her claim, to buy soft drinks and candy bars in the alleged "concentration camp?"

Posted by: Dvora at September 24, 2008 01:26 AM

Somehow I doubt that soft drinks and candy bars were available to the inmates in Auschwitz.

As far as I'm concerned, this photo removes any credibility Ms. Booth might have had.

Posted by: Michael at September 24, 2008 05:13 PM

Well to be clear, the Nazis did not come up with the term concentration camp; it's from the Boer War, and Gaza does function as a way for Israelis to place the undesirable sector of the population (read Palestinians Arabs) in a concentrated area. there are 1.5 million Palestinians squeezed into a big prison. If you talk to them, you will hear how their families are from many places - Haifa, Jaffa, Akka, even parts of the West Bank and the Israeli army puts them in Gaza, and they cannot leave. They cannot leave if they get accepted to a foreign university; they cannot leave if their father is dying in Nablus to go visit; they cannot leave if they marry an Israeli who lives in Tel Aviv. This is the manner in which they are trapped and concentrated.

Did you know there are cornflakes at chocolate bars in prison too? Gaza City and Khan Younis and Rafah all used to be home to (like every city) both poor and wealthy, but the products Booth is buying here would be unaffordable to many others.

No one has called Gaza a death camp like Auschwitz, but Jews - those who have had their human rights violated for so many centuries - still have an obligation to not repeat the ghettoizing racism that was put on them.

Posted by: AD at October 8, 2008 10:13 AM

The article was meant to say that she said otherwise, in anycase, it would be palestinians, not arabs from israeli cities who are there, arab israelies are citizens and can't be deported unless if you were violating israeli law. Israel hasn't deported citizens unless you count in 1992 when it expulsed 400 terror accomplices. In any case i'd like to remind you that gaza has fronteirs with egypt and they can always leave that way as long as egyptian personel allows it. It is an unstable area, the muslim brotherhood is active in the area which is the main armed oposition to te current egyptian government and with hamas currently showering southern israel with rockets both countries might be a bit reluctant to slack some leash on border policies. Besides they can leave gaza with proper paperwork.

No one has calld gaza a concentration camp??
read the title man, she even turned down the word prision to describe gaza.

"Why are they keeping you cooped up in the concentration camp called Gaza?" he asked her.

"I want to say thank you for using the word concentration camp because the word prison has been applied in the last few years and that's a lie. In a prison you get three meals a day, a nourishing diet, visits from outsiders and some hobbies and rehabilitation and a date for your release," she said.

And in all those conditions life expectancy in gaza is over glasgow's with 73.1 and 72.9 respectively.
well, what can i say, i have seen only few markets in my city that are as well stocked as that one, there aren't even snickers in any minimarket that i know of. And no, not even in the ones that have unaffordable thing to many others.

Posted by: Erick at October 9, 2008 10:39 PM

Well, actually, AD, if you would like to term Gaza a prison, so be it. But then remember, they are in "prison", not because of their "race," but because they, and the leaders they proudly support, continue to try, and unfortunately not rarely, succeed, to murder their neighbours. Murder, with intent, is still I hope, in your eyes, an imprisonable offence.

Posted by: william bilek at October 10, 2008 05:40 AM

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