Sucks to be you...
Poor Abu Mazen. I cast a sympathy vote for him this week, I really do.
Yesterday, farmers dumped truckloads of spoiling strawberries, tomatoes, cucumbers, and carnations near his home in protest of the ongoing unilateral closure of the Karni/al-Mintar commercial crossing by Israel and the impotence of the PA in doing anything about it. Dairy products and other food stocks including baby formula have dwindled in Gaza markets since the closure on january 15, with the only factory here in Gaza not able to meet the demands of all of the strip’s 1.5 million people. Farmers have been unable to export their two main products of this season-carnations and strawberries to Europe, tomatoes and cucumbers to the West Bank and Israel, and they have been left to rot or as feed for the goats.
With disgruntled members of his own party shooting at his house, demanding his resignation after their crushing defeat in the elections, and calling him an “Israeli agent” on one hand, and farmer’s dumping piles of rotten tomatoes on his lawn in protest of the continued closure of Karni commercial crossing for 3 weeks and counting on the other hand (as one taxi driver put it “this is what I call democracy-only in gaza are people allowed to burn tires and dump tomatoes in front of the president’s house), all while trying to appease western governments to continue to speak to and fund his government.
To quote a popular blog award on AOL’s instant messenger, “It sucks to be you”.