Friday, June 4, 2010

No cilantro, please, we're Jewish

Matt Yglesias presents today a useful chart filched from The Economist showing a number of items presently forbidden from import into Gaza, which includes cilantro, fishing rods and music instruments.
It is truly difficult to imagine how Israel's security interests, rapturously defended by Joe Biden on Charlie Rose last Tuesday night, would be gravely afflicted by such innocent items, unless of course it is hoped that their absence might prove sufficient to incite a popular rebellion to overthrow Hamas -- that's assuming of naturally that Gaza musicians haven't meanwhile been ordering up bassoons stuffed with plastic explosives.
Truly this is state policy reduced to the level of farce.

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