I had never heard of this joker before, and neither have probably most of you: Daniel Dart, who supposedly made his name as the founder and frontman for punk band Time Again. Judging by this lie-riddled Facebook post, he seems to be trying for a new career as Hamas spokeshit (hat tip: Tommy)
I wanted to wait a minute before I posted this picture. I needed to allow the moment and experience to settle a bit. So much happened from the moment we took this, until the moment I left Gaza recently, that I didn’t want to minimize the impact that the Israeli airstrikes had on the people of Gaza – or me. But now, I want to celebrate and honor the resilience and determination of the Gazan people despite those very same airstrikes. We took this picture about an hour before going into a lockdown in Gaza over which the next 72 hours, twenty seven innocent souls would lose their lives. Men, women, and children, who are not allowed to leave a blockaded territory – people who have no way of escaping the rockets which hit their neighborhoods regularly. Yet, in spite of that fact, over the previous thirty days, dozens of young Gazans came together to pitch ideas for startups, creating minimum viable products for myself and a handful of others to judge. For the 72 hours before the judging, many of them didn’t even go home. They slept in the very office where this picture was taken, all in the hopes of getting the chance to create their own businesses. Not once did I hear any negativity, nor did I hear anyone complain. It was pure positivity and optimism as these young men and women worked hard to create a better life for themselves. It is a scene you’d expect to see in San Francisco, Paris, or London. But, this isn’t any of those places – this is Gaza. A place where the world has shamefully allowed millions of people to be cut off from the world and essentially trapped. And to add insult to injury, it’s where the world idly stands by on a weekly basis as its people are killed or maimed – its young people shot for protesting peacefully without weapons. So look at the people in this picture – they are the definition of courage. That’s why they’re not only my brothers and sisters, but they’re also my inspiration. Because through them I am inspired to work harder, and longer, and to stand for something bigger and more important than myself. I’ll stand for them – and with them. And, I beg you, stand with us. Stand for a free Gaza. Please. #FreeGaza #FreePalestine
According to Dart, Gazans are a bunch of peace-loving people just trying to create a prosperous, start-up nation, but are prevented to by the big, bad Israelis, who launch airstrikes at them willy-nilly. All Gazan casualties are innocents, and the Gaza protests on the border are peaceful.
There is no way Dart could be this oblivious to the truth. You need just have a television or computer to read how we were under rocket attack, and have seen the violent protests on the border. Being in Gaza, these are the kinds of scenes he would have seen on the streets.
Perhaps Dart feels a kinship with Hamas since they both seem to have a penchant for kidnapping.
Time Again vocalist Daniel “Dart” Richert has reportedly been sentenced to two and a half years in prison. According to his bandmates, the conviction was due to “kidnapping” though the specific circumstances have not been revealed by the band, nor by publicly available booking information.
Naturally, Dart denies he did the crime. As I said, he seems to be aiming for a new role as Hamas spokeshit.