Did anyone else read the feature in Guardian Weekend about the angst experiencedHere's the link to Corrections and Clarifications. Like Naomi, I couldn't find the original article either but Frank Fisher helpfully pointed out that Mondoweiss covered Shani Boianjiu's hasbara efforts some time last year. Here's Mondoweiss's Adam Horowitz:
by a female IDF conscript after nearly but not being shot by a fellow soldier? I
feel the need to respond in some way, though I'm not sure how, other than to
make the unsubtle point that many Palestinians actually do get shot.
I've failed to find the piece online, though there is this in Corrections and
The first-person piece in today's Weekend magazine in which the author recalls her days as a teenage recruit conscripted into the Israeli army is by Shani Boianjiu, not Shani Bouijani as a subheading says (Young gun, 9 March, page 49, Weekend).
Exhaustive investigative work by Human Rights Watch established beyond doubt that the family were indeed killed by an Israeli shell but Israel exonerated itself. Horowitz again:
Finally, from “Gaza Beach Investigation Ignores Evidence” (6/20/06):
He concludes the Mondoweiss piece with this twitter exchange:
@mondoweiss 3 of them do in my *fiction! They also come wearing mattresses and lab goggles. Do you believe Harry Potter is really a wizard?
— Shani Boianjiu (@ShaniBoianjiu) June 19, 2012
Boianjiu’s narration of the deaths in Gaza is about as truthful as Harry Potter, but unlike that bespectacled wizard, her fictions are in the service of obfuscating a very real tragedy and an ongoing oppression.
So unless Shani Boianjiu has reformed in the last 8 or 9 months I think it's safe to assume that whatever appeared in last weekend's Guardian Weekend section was just another hasbara effort.