We all hope that the weekend’s worrying news about BBC Gaza Correspondent Alan Johnstone is untrue. It’s amazing that in such a tiny, Intelligence-soaked territory such as Gaza that this hostage-taking could happen without anyone being able to find the journalist or his captors. But as a guest-blogger reported here on this blog, kidnapping
is a regular occurance in the Palestinian territories. It’s a sign of how normal political life has been destroyed. And it’s another reminder of what we’ve reported on a lot at POLIS, of how journalists are now very much seen as useful ammunition in the asymmetric warfare of the Middle East.