Ridiculous Palestinian Propaganda of the Day: AFP Is Full of Gas Edition

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Last week I posted about how Quds News Network was trying to show how progressive Gazan society was, lauding the fact there is now a female taxi driver.

Now it seems as though the AFP is getting in on the action. Introducing Gaza’s female petrol station attendant!

Khan Yunis, Palestinian Territories: Salma al-Najjar, a petrol station attendant in the Gaza Strip, sees her part-time job in larger terms than the traditional act of filling a customer’s tank.
The 15-year-old trailblazer is the first female to work at a gas station in the Palestinian territory, which has been controlled by the Islamist group Hamas since 2007.

Sporting an orange and black vest and poised for her next vehicle, Najjar said she wanted to “support Palestinian women and show they can do whatever they want, despite the criticism they face.”

Gaza, under an Israeli blockade since 2007, had unemployment and poverty rates of roughly 50 percent before the Covid-19 pandemic further devastated the enclave’s economy.

While the job of pump attendant may be facing extinction in much of the world, Palestinians still prefer to have a paid professional fill their tanks.

When the boss of a petrol station in Khan Yunis in southern Gaza informed her she had been hired, Najjar said she was both surprised and happy.

“Why not become the first woman to do this job and challenge traditions in our conversative society,” she said, adding that she was encouraged by her family.

Boss Mohammed al-Agha said he was more than willing to hire a female.

“I am a businessman and I support all girls and women who want to achieve their dreams,” Agha said.

In addition to being a pioneer for women in Gaza, Najjar said she is also representing young people.

“I’m young but not a child,” she said. “I want to prove that it’s not age that matters, it’s skills.”

Palestinian law allows people to begin work at age 18.

In 2018 report, the UN’s International Labour Organization said 4.5 percent children in Gaza and the occupied West Bank are part of the workforce, calling that a “worrying” figure.

1927 Chicago called, it wants its idea back.



The entire report is ridiculous, and somehow, the AFP writer paints Gaza as some sort of beacon of light – for being in the dark ages.

The girl gas attendant is a trailblazer

The 15-year-old trailblazer is the first female to work at a gas station in the Palestinian territory, which has been controlled by the Islamist group Hamas since 2007.

Being a gas attendant is something to aspire to for women

Sporting an orange and black vest and poised for her next vehicle, Najjar said she wanted to “support Palestinian women and show they can do whatever they want, despite the criticism they face.”

The palestinians there have standards

While the job of pump attendant may be facing extinction in much of the world, Palestinians still prefer to have a paid professional fill their tanks.

Her boss (illegally employing a minor) is a feminist

Boss Mohammed al-Agha said he was more than willing to hire a female.

“I am a businessman and I support all girls and women who want to achieve their dreams,” Agha said.

And of course…Israel is the villain

Gaza, under an Israeli blockade since 2007, had unemployment and poverty rates of roughly 50 percent before the Covid-19 pandemic further devastated the enclave’s economy

No mention of Egypt of course.

Meanwhile, Arab News have also jumped on the bandwagon

I. Just. Can’t.

Hat tip: Michal

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A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media