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Thursday, February 05, 2009

Rain of terror: reign of lies

We hear a lot (from the BBC we hear little else from Israel and Gaza) about the "rain of rockets" being fired again across the border into Israeli teritory. And the rockets must stop.

But we don't hear about the rain of bullets across the border the other way, every day, targeting Palestinian farmers working their fields.

We hear about the cease-fire which began on January 18th, and was breached by Hamas when an Israeli soldier was killed by a bomb on January 27th. Did we hear that Israel had breached the cease-fire on the first day? We did not. Here is the cached version of the BBC's first report. Later they had more detail.

And of course the BBC continues to repeat the lie that the invasion of Gaza was a response to a Palestinian breach of an earlier cease-fire by firing rockets into southern Israel. What they didn't mention was that Israel never implemented its side of the cease-fire agreement in the first place. Nevertheless, Hamas kept its side of the deal and stopped its attacks, until Israel breached the cease-fire by sending its soldiers into Gaza on November 4th and murdering six Palestinians.

It's strange we hear none of this when the BBC is supposedly so pro-Palestinian.

Nor have we been hearing from the "Israel-hating" BBC about the deliberate fouling of Gazan homes by the "moral" IDF.

Strange, that. (The lack of reporting, I mean, not the shitting. We already knew the IDF were excrement-smearing thieves from their 2002 occupation of the Fatah offices in Ramallah. Not from the BBC of course, but from Ha'aretz.)

Rod Liddle in the Spectator takes time out from telling us why the BBC was right not to broadcast the Gaza charity appeal to observe:

George Galloway, with whom I was privileged to ‘debate’ the issue (there is no debate, of course), asserted that the BBC had shown long-standing and extreme pro-Israeli bias. Is it even remotely possible to believe such a thing without being quite mad?

Yes it is, Rod. Indeed, it is impossible to disbelieve it without being deaf and blind. Or, of course, quite mad.

(Though I did like Liddle's later remark about one of his fellow-columnists:

Melanie Phillips said that it was right that the film shouldn’t be shown but that the BBC continued to spray out pro-Palestinian propaganda whenever it covered the whole issue. I suspect my colleague Mel won’t be happy with the BBC’s coverage until it’s presented by the Stern Gang, in fatigues, but there we are. )

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