With the prime minister of Israel, Ehud Olmert
With the prime minister of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas
With the foreign minister of Israel, Tzipi Livni
In Sderot, examining the remains of a rocket fired from Gaza
Let’s take a close look at the following set.
How many photos show Obama in Palestine, vs Israel? Who does he touch, smile with? Where does he lay a wreath and where does he not lay a wreath? What city does he visit afflicted by violence and which does he not visit? Where does he greet people on the street and where is he not shown doing such greeting? What munitions is he shown and which not? Where does he look most troubled? Even prayerful? In which pictures is he shown wearing clothing of devotion? Where else does he don clothing that indicates sympathy?
Suppose one photo showed him wearing a kaffiyeh, the scarf usually indicating solidarity with Palestinians? Or laying a wreath at the tomb of Arafat in Ramallah?
What can we conclude about Obama’s positions relative to the two peoples? What can we conclude about most future US administration’s positions about the two peoples?
Not shown: time with the two peoples: according the Sherif Fam on his WZBC radio broadcast, 45 minutes with the Palestinian president, Abu Mazen, some 30 hours in Israel.
Yes, he did visit Ramallah; McCain refused to meet with Palestinians. Is this progress, does it support a belief that anything significant will change with a new US administration?
(Thanks to eagled-eyed Ken Barney)
“What Obama missed in the Middle East”
Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada, 24 July 2008