Why AP’s Latest Gazan “Sob Story” Is Actually Worth Highlighting


The Associated Press has a report about a Gazan actor and playwright who can’t attend the Sundance Film Festival, where his documentary about Gaza will be showing.

It is the usual sob story, except for the fact it isn’t actually blaming lsrael!

Trapped in Gaza, star of Sundance doc misses film festival

A new documentary called “Gaza” is hitting the screens at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival this week, providing a colorful glimpse of life in the blockaded Hamas-ruled territory. But one of its main subjects, Gaza actor and playwright Ali Abu Yaseen, won’t be attending the gathering due to the very circumstances depicted in the film.

Abu Yaseen had hoped to make his first-ever trip to the U.S. to take part in the festival. But the continued closure of Gaza’s border with Egypt, and Hamas’ bureaucratic inefficiency, made it impossible for him to reach Cairo in time to receive a visa from the American Embassy needed to travel to Utah.

After missing Tuesday’s premiere, Abu Yaseen has all but given up hope of reaching Utah on time. The film’s final screening is on Saturday.

“I’m seething with indignation,” he said in an interview at his home in the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City. “The dream that I had for the past three months has all but collapsed.”

Another reason this is post-worthy: the photo of Abu Yassen

AP Photo/Adel Hana

So much for the idea of the “starving Gazan”…

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