The BBC run this bit of anti-Israeli propaganda:
Lots of emotive language and phrasing used by the BBC to create a sense that the Israelis are oppressing these people, these victims.
The BBC could have saved a lot of time and effort and just recycled this old trope:
A picture is worth a thousand words…..and that pretty much sums up the BBC’s article.
Angry villagers warn of riots unless police act on Roma: Residents say they will take law into their own hands if authorities do not take action over anti-social behaviour
Hexthorpe has a population of 3,300 and 500 Roma residents, most of whom are said to have arrived since January when entry rules to the UK were relaxed.
Villagers claim Roma groups are fly-tipping and leaving litter in the streets. They say they make so much noise at night that elderly residents have to sleep with ear plugs, while others are scared to go outside.
The meeting also heard allegations of assault.
Paul Adams, 44, who works in advertising, said: ‘They don’t care about the village or our community. All they are here for is the benefits.
‘They are here to play the system. They are loud, aggressive and intimidating. They gather in groups in the park and on the streets. They’ve attacked people, threatened people. People are intimidated just leaving the house.
‘They throw rubbish everywhere, literally out of their windows into their garden, in the knowledge someone from the council will have to clear it up. It is degrading for the street cleaners to have to be treated that way. What these people need is educating in how to be part of the community.’
He said the problems had hit local house prices too warning: ‘It will come to a point where blood will be spilt if things don’t improve.’
Wonder whose side the BBC would take in that dispute?
Meanwhile elswhere the BBC has been promoting East European immigration, once again selling us the benefits without mentioning the downsides:
No guessing what, or who, this is about…curious the Poles moan loudly about any reports of compatriot’s bad behaviour in the Press but have no complaints about a positive press from the likes of the BBC.
The aim of this programme is not to inform or add to the debate on immigration, it is pure hype, selling the sizzle, polishing the Polish. Its sole aim is to create a warm fuzzy feeling in the listener’s heart for the good old Poles, so hard working, so intelligent, so nice, so paying taxes, so not claiming any benefits…..once you realise what warm and wonderful characters these Poles are, how much they add to the economy, how much culture, creativity and vitality they bring to staid old Britain, you’ll welcome them, in their millions, with open arms.
The whole premise of that narrative is of course missing the point. The Poles are, or many of them, undoubtedly all those things, but the issue is numbers of immigrants and whose job are they going to be undercutting, whose house are they going to be living in, whose school place will their kids be taking, whose hospital bed or GP slot will they occupy etc etc.
All issues the BBC doesn’t like to emphasise. It just likes to emphasise the positive, even if the positive is more often than not merely positive thinking, an immigration policy based on the optimistic belief that it’ll all turn out alright, eventually…and in the meantime….
Even the Poles themselves thought immigration had gone too far saying:
‘I wouldn’t call it England anymore…you have gone too far.’
At least the BBC let that comment through without being blue pencilled.
Radio 4 followed that up with this today:
Yet again telling us how great the immigrants were, this time Irish in the swinging 60′s.
Can’t help being suspicious this had a subtext beyond championing immigration as it revolved a great deal around the extremism of the Catholic Church in Ireland…..any coincidence coming just after much debate about Muslim extremism in British schools and society? Are we supposed to say ‘What a nightmare the Catholic Church is…maybe Muslims aren’t so bad after all‘?
However despite being a nightmare, faith, in a personal sense, we are told was ‘central to life and identity….the Church was very important to them.’
So perhaps the message we are supposed to imbibe from the BBC is let Muslims get on with their religion….so important to their life and identity that we mustn’t judge or proscribe.
The BBC, just entertaining and informing us, or targeting and manipulating us and our views?