An interesting twist in d-developments. I'm sitting at a press conference in Gaza city, waiting for the Palestinian minister to show up, when suddenly, abou 15 Palestinian women come storming into the room, carrying up framed pictures of their sons who are rotting in Israeli jails, chanting in protest.
The women had been peacefully protesting the imprisonment of some 8000 Palestinians in Israeli jails-the majority without charges, including their sons, and the neglect of the issue amidst the smokescreen of disengagement and the impotence of the Palestinian authority in doing anything about it, for several days now at different junctions in Gaza, but to no end. They decided to come to the Rashad Shawwa center in Gaza city, which has become the new PA media headquarters during DE.
It was a great strategy on their part, I have to say. The room was loaded with camerman from every imaginable station, and dozens of journalists, local and foreign. We were all caught a bit of guard at first, and one of the event's organizers "demanded" they be "obedient" and seek remand for their greivances in a "civilized, lawful" way. This made them even angier of course. The punchline of it all is that the foreign minister, Nasir al-Qidwa, was a no-show (following the example of the settlers, he withdrew voluntarily before being forcfully evicted by the very distraught women).
Obviously he did not like being outstaged by these powerful, daring women to which he could likely give no answer about the status of their sons' Israeli jail terms. The PA of course said Qidwa decided to "yield" the stage to the women who are "too often marginalized from Palestinain society". Right. How opportune.
One of the women, who was clearly the leader, took the stage, and lambasted the PA officials one by one, ripping apart Mahmud Abbas and Nasir al-Qidwa in the process. "Shame on you, Shame on you Mahmud Abbas. And how sorry I am that I cast my vote for you" she yelled. You go girl.