Reports of Saeb Erekat’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated
Yesterday, reports spread that Chief Palestinian Propaganda Minister Saeb Erekat had died of COVID 19 in the Israeli hospital kindly treating him.
One of the sources – if not the original one – was Al Arabiya – who still have this tweet up:
Alas, to paraphrase Mark Twain
“The further we went the hotter the sun got, and the more rocky and bare, repulsive and dreary the landscape became…There was hardly a tree or a shrub any where. Even the olive and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil, had almost deserted the country”.
Oops, sorry. Wrong quote. I meant to say rumors of his death have been greatly exaggerated, prompting the PLO to issue this statement
Wishing Dr. Erekat a full and speedy recovery, the Palestinian Minister of Health, Dr. Mai al-Kaila, stressed on the importance of preserving the feelings of Dr. Erekat's family: We hope that you will report the news based on official Palestinian media sources.
— Palestine PLO-NAD (@nadplo) October 19, 2020
If you now click through to the Al Arabiya story, they clearly have edited it.
I seem to recall a similar situation when Yasser Terrorfat was on death watch. I am guessing if Erekat does succumb to the illness, that won’t be the only similarity – we’ll be blamed for killing him as well.