Gaza Metaphor Alert

Just when you are searching for another metaphor for what has happened to Gaza under the rule of the Palestinian Authority, what should appear but a Sewage Tsunami.

By Mahmud Hams in the Gaza Strip
March 28, 2007 08:38am

AT least five Palestinians drowned in a “sewage tsunami” when a water treatment reservoir burst, flooding a village in the northern Gaza Strip.

The deluge, triggered by the collapse of a septic system aid organisations had long warned was dangerously overburdened, submerged dozens of homes in the Bedouin farming village of Umm al-Nasr beneath a cesspool of foul-smelling effluent.

Three woman and two boys, aged one and two, were among the dead.

At least 15 people were injured and scores more were still missing, according to Palestinian medics.

Village children clung to wooden doors floating on the putrid waters and rescuers paddled through the village in makeshift boats in search of victims.

Frantic goats and cows were also pulled to safety.

Village mayor Ziad Abu Thabet said 70 per cent of the village’s mostly ramshackle homes had been buried in raw sewage.

“The situation is very bad,” the mayor said.

The receding flood waters left a stinking scum that further hampered rescue efforts.

Palestinian television proclaimed a “sewage tsunami” had rocked Gaza.

An adviser to president Mahmud Abbas declared the village a disaster area.

Newly-appointed interior minister Hani al-Qawasmeh rushed to the scene to inspect the damage, but angry villagers chased him off.

They opened fire on his convoy and wounded two policemen, witnesses said.

In Israel, defence minister Amir Peretz ordered the army to provide assistance to the victims if asked to do so by the Palestinian Authority.

The Hamas movement, the leading partner in a newly formed Palestinian unity government, blamed the disaster on a foreign aid boycott slapped on the Palestinian Authority a year ago when the Islamist hardliners first came to power.

Pretty good metaphor for the Intifada too, and every other Jihad the Jew-haters came up with.

  • Ridiculous: Check.
  • Horrible: Check.
  • Vile: Check.
  • Self inflicted: Check.
  • Corrupt government: Check.
  • Senseless violence: Check.
  • Conspiracy theories: Check.
  • Israeli military offers to bail out: Check.
  • Blame it on the Jooooooos: Check.

It’s got it all.

h/t: Pajamas

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