Israel's Government Press Office (GPO) on Wednesday riled foreign journalists on assignment in the Jewish state by calling out their openly deceptive and exaggerated reporting on the Gaza Strip.
In an email to the members of the Foreign Press Association, GPO head Danny Seaman highlighted an article published earlier in the week by National Post correspondent Tom Gross that noted Gaza, like anywhere else in the world, is a mix of poor and affluent areas. Gross blasted much of the international media for making Gaza seem like a world of hopelessness and utter destitution and for strongly suggesting Israel is to blame.
But Seaman went a step further in his email by making menu suggestions for a couple of gourmet Gaza City restaurants mentioned in Gross' report. Seaman told reporters about some of the more popular dishes served at the Roots Club and Greens Terrace Garden Cafe, and recommended the journalists try them next time they are in Gaza.
Seaman told The Jerusalem Post that, as expected, many of the foreign journalists sent personal responses expressing outrage over the GPO's little stunt.
"Those who act as spokespeople for Palestinian propaganda were furious with self-righteous indignation and were angry," Seaman said. "The same journalists who constantly point a finger at Israel were outraged by this. One journalist asked me in response, 'don’t you have rich and poor areas [in Gaza] like everywhere else?' I responded by asking her, 'Why don’t you write about the affluent parts of Gaza?'"