On August 31st, 2020, El Al flight 971 took off from Tel Aviv bound for Abu Dhabi. This picture of the aircraft used for the flight was widely circulated on social media:
What struck me as odd is the choice of name on the aircraft used for this flight:
Kiryat Gat was built on the site of two Palestinian villages, al-Faluja and Iraq al-Amir, whose residents were forcefully removed en masse by Israeli forces in 1948.
It couldn't have been coincidental - this aircraft was meticulously detailed for the event, as evident from pictures of the interior showing special cabin decoration work, as well as "Peace" being written in three languages written right above the name of the aircraft in question.
In diplomacy in general, there's little room for error, and anything can be misinterpreted as a gesture, so it can't have been (or it's very unlikely) that it is in error either.
Kiryat Gat is now known for Intel's fabrication facilities, known as "fabs", which are both a sizable investment and a hallmark of technological progress.
With this in mind, I can't help but think that this is an intentional jab at the perceived backwardness of their Arab neighbors. What other alternative explanations for the name exist?
EDIT: An earlier version of the title used the word "massacre" - this is untrue, as kindly pointed out below by the commentators there hadn't been a massacre at Iraq al-Manshiyya, which is now part of Kiryat Gat. However, to be fair, they were forcibly evicted. I was mixing this up with another al-Manshiyya, which is now part of Acre, and which was destroyed, according to none other than David Ben-Gurion.
But regardless of the severity of the violence there, the original question still stands.
Acts of violence were committed in that area ... what are the possible explanations behind it being used as the name of a peace mission's aircraft? Hope this clears things up!