December 27, 2012

David Toube: an apology

I like getting things wrong and then apologising. It really puts paid to those interlocutors who say things like "oh you're never wrong, are you? or "you just can't admit to being wrong".  So I actually enjoy being wrong now and again but, sadly, I don't often get the pleasure.

So it's a with a not so heavy heart that I have to admit I got it wrong about one detail in a poll of Palestinian opinion arising out of the recent Israeli attack on Gaza and the Palestinian Authority's UN bid.

You see, David Toube, aka Lucy Lips, at Harry's Place said the following:

 It goes without saying that Hamas has lyingly claimed that their rockets lack the necessary precision to hit military targets. Previously, they’ve boasted of their success in terrorising Jews:
The Qassam Brigades committed itself to turn the life of Zionists into hell, and make them regret their heinous crimes against the innocent and crush their pride and to soak their noses in the dirt.
Hamas does this, because 87% of the Palestinian population supports their tactics, and believe that they constitute ‘victory’.
Follow the link and you find this:

Highlights:
  •        85 percent strongly believe that the UN vote was a victory for the Palestinian cause. In contrast, only 14 percent disagree.
  •        79 percent are hopeful that the UN vote will be followed by tangible progress towards Palestinian independence.
  •        Overall, 68 percent believe that the UN vote will advance the Palestinian cause. In contrast, 17 percent believe that nothing will change and 13 percent      believe that the cause will be set back by the vote.
  •        90 percent of respondents believe that the confrontations and the resulting truce represent a victory for the Palestinians. Only 10 percent disagree.
  •        84 percent are hopeful that the Gaza confrontation will be followed by tangible progress towards Palestinian independence.
  •        The majority of respondents (51 percent) believe that party that gained the most from the Gaza conflict are the Palestinians in general.
  •        76 percent believe that Israel lost the most in this war.
  •        89 percent say that their views of Hamas improved or improved to some extent, while only 8 percent say that their views diminished.
  •         81 percent say that their views of Fatah improved or improved to some extent, while 15 percent say that their views diminished.
But follow the links within the links and you find this:


West Bank
Gaza
Total
The results of the recent Gaza conflict prove that armed struggle, as adopted by Hamas,  is the best means of achieving Palestinian independence
Strongly  agree
50.4%
64.2%
55.6%
Agree
36.0%
25.6%
32.1%
Disagree
8.8%
9.6%
9.1%
Strongly disagree
1.5%
0.7%
1.2%
I don’t know
3.3%

2.1%


So, what do you know? David Toube might masquerade as a woman called Lucy Lips when he's on line but it doesn't mean that everything he says is a lie.  So apologies.

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