Sunday, December 28, 2008
Israel and Palestine in the media
Reporting issues in the Middle East is difficult. Ask anyone who has posted articles about Israeli aggression and you will usually get responses from rabid right wingers determined that all Palestinians are terrorists and that Israel is only 'responding' to attacks. Anyone who bothers to go to the middle East(as i have done),can see the reality for themselves.
Perhaps this is why the BBC tend to sit on the fence or lean more to the the right when reporting about Palestine. The Israeli organised media saturation campaign seems to be working. They wage a word war against anyone with an opinion about the middle east (the comments on this posting will probably be lively). Anyhow here is a compilation of how the BBC can report the Israeli attacks on Gaza in a more honest way.
BBC Reporting- "Palestinians say Israeli F-16 bombers have launched a
series of air strikes against key targets in the Gaza Strip, killing
and injuring dozens of people."
UNBIASED - The Palesting government has confirmed that Israel has used
f16 bombers, funded by the USA, to launch attacks against key targets
in the GAZA strip, killing over 100 and injuring 400+.
BBC reporting - "Missiles destroyed security compounds run by the
militant group Hamas in the centre of Gaza City, killing at least 120
people, Hamas officials said."
UNBIASED - Missiles destroyed security compounds (such as police
stations) in civilian areas, run by the democraticly elected
government Hamas, in the centre of Gaza city, killing at least 120
people, government officials said.
BBC - "The strikes, the most intense Israeli attacks on Gaza in recent
times, come after the expiry of a truce with Hamas."
UNBIASED - The bombing, the most intense israel attacks on the city in
recent times, come after a truce with Hamas has been let to expire.
BBC - "Israel had threatened an offensive to stop the firing of
rockets from Gaza."
UNBIASED - Israel had threatened an offensive in order to try to stop
the firing of rockets from Gaza
BBC - "Israel confirmed the strikes, saying they were launched in
response to continued rocket fire by Palestinian militants against
UNBIASED - Israel confirmed the bombing of the city and the killing
and injuring of civilians, saying they were launched in response to
sporadic and occasional rocket fire by Palestinian militants against
Palestinian towns being settled by Israel.
BBC - "They targeted "Hamas terror operatives" as well as training
camps and weaponry storage warehouses, the country's military said in
UNBIASED - The Israel military killed people suspected of unauthorised
military action, with disregard to innocent bystanders or agreed
methods of international arrest. Suspected but unquantified training
camps and weaponry storage warehouses, as well as proven homes,
streets, businesses and communications have all been destroyed in the
bombardment said an unnamed Israeli military official in a prepared
BBC - "Hamas quickly vowed to carry out revenge attacks on Israel in
response to the air strikes."
UNBAISED - The elected government, Hamas, has stated that they will
respond to the killings in an appropriate yet unequal manner.
BBC - "In the West Bank, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas
- whose Fatah faction was ousted from Gaza by Hamas in 2007 -
condemned the attacks and called for restraint."
UNBIASED - In the West Bank, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud
Abbas, the preferred political choice of western governments, wisely
condemned the Israeli bombings and killings and called for restraint
from all sides."
BBC - "Offensive planned?"
UNBIASED - Did the planes take of by them selves and bomb? No of
BBC - "Reports of the casualties in Gaza mounted swiftly after news
broke of the Israeli operation."
UNBIASED - Reports of the deaths, suffering, injuries, trauma, damage
to businesses, financial costs and disruption caused in Gaza city
increased after reports of the planned Israeli bombings became know
BBC - "Palestinian militant group Hamas, which controls Gaza,
initially said at least 40 people had been killed when a missile hit
security headquarters in and around Gaza City."
UNBIASED - The freely elected government of Gaza, Hamas, initiaky said
that 40 people had been killed when an American supplied bomb hit
security headquarters in and around the city.
BBC - "That figure quickly rose, Hamas saying 120 were killed and some
400 people injured, the BBC Katya Adler reports from Jerusalem."
UNBIASED - As bodies were discovered and the extent of the Israeli
bombings became known, the death toll increased with government
sources saying 120 were killed with around 400 injured.
HAPPY XMAS and a peaceful new year to you all.
Be sad that we live in a country that supports these kinds of actions directly through technology, government investment, tourism, and much more. Be glad that we do not have American supplied war planes bombing our Parliament, even though none of us voted for Gordon Brown.