The above Tweet from Hamas is interesting…it shows that not only do they target civilians but that they relish inflicting terror and fear upon them.
No doubt the UN will be making some strong statements about such war crimes and the BBC will be buttonholing Cameron and asking him if he believes these are war crimes.
Meanwhile the BBC has been busy broadcasting pure Hamas propaganda all day, not based upon anything the BBC could actually prove but on the reliable information provided by Hamas itself, and of course it helps that the BBC journos are only hearing what they want to hear.
What you don’t hear emphasised by the BBC is that Hamas have rejected the ceasefire, what you do hear, headlining the news bulletins, is that Israel has breached it…this is from the New York Times:
Sami Abu Zuhri, a spokesman for Hamas, the dominant faction in Gaza, said it would not observe the truce, which he disparaged as a media exercise, and he warned residents to exercise caution when they ventured outside. “The unilateral cease-fire announced by Israel is an attempt to divert attention from Israeli massacres,” he said.
You also don’t hear that Israel denies breaching the ceasefire as the NYT tells us:
Ashraf al-Qedra, a spokesman for the Health Ministry in Gaza, said that the strike on the house in Shati took place several minutes after the announced start of the cease-fire, but one Israeli official from the army agency that controls coordination with Gaza told Israel Radio that the strike took place just before the cease-fire began.
Here is the BBC version….note the missing report that Hamas have rejected the ceasefire whilst reporting ‘Israeli massacres‘…
Hamas responded to the truce with suspicion, accusing the IDF of trying to “divert the attention from Israeli massacres”.
Palestinian health officials claim Israel carried out an air strike on a refugee camp inside Gaza City just minutes after the ceasefire began.
BBC correspondents there said they heard the explosion and saw a house that had been destroyed in the attack.
The BBC gave a quick mention that about 10 rockets had been fired into Israel….but there is no indication of when they were fired………The Jerusalem Post tells us:
So Israel may or may not have bombed a house just before or just after the ceasefire was supposed to have begun but the BBC has whipped this up into a major incident….but strangely ignores Hamas stating that it will not take part in the ceasefire and hides the truth about Hamas rockets being fired during the ceasefire.
On Shelagh Fogarty’s show the news bulletin headlined with Israel ‘breaking the truce’…as claimed by Palestinians with Martin Patience suggesting a bomb strike was a breach. We then (9 mins) heard that Palestinian officials said that an Israeli strike hit a house just as the ceasefire was about to start. Janay Boulos from the BBC Arabic Service which told us that the ceasefire [Israeli and Unilateral] had been breached by Israel bombing a refugee camp just as the ceasefire started….‘The ceasefire was breached this morning...we’ve got our reporter there and saw the immense destruction inside the city there.’
Fogarty then speaks to Osama Damo…..
‘Osama Damo from Save the Children told us that the ceasefire simply isn’t holding’
Damo replies……’The ceasefire isn’t holding at the moment….Shortly before the announced ceasefire there was a bombing on a home.’
Ah yes….the Israelis breached their own ceasefire by dropping a bomb before the ceasefire was due to begin.
On the 13:00 bulletin the BBC says ‘There are reports the ceasefire has been broken’
Really…reports from who? The Palestinians.
The BBC reports that children have been killed in a refugee camp in an Israeli strike just minutes after a ceasefire there.
The bulletin has selected only part of the comments from Osama Damo’s interview with Fogarty telling us he said… ‘The ceasefire isn’t holding at the moment.’
Oddly they didn’t report the second part of his piece…‘Shortly before the announced ceasefire there was a bombing on a home.’
At 13:15 we heard from Martin Patience again who when asked by Fogarty ‘What evidence is there that the ceasefire isn’t holding?’ replied that ‘It is right before us…a house reduced to rubble in Gaza…just minutes after that ceasefire came into effect there was a huge explosion…one child injured, other people injured in what Palestinians see as a clear violation of Israel’s own ceasefire.’ Oh yes…the blockade must be lifted..Palestinians describe this as the biggest open air prison in the world…have to get that in.
Patience claims to have heard the explosion after the ceasefire but then gives the impression that this version of events actually came from the Palestinians….as did all the other BBC journos on reporting on this…..though that hasn’t stopped them from reporting it as fact.
Amazing how ready the BBC is to condemn the Israelis and how ready they are to give us the Palestinian version of things but makes so little effort to actually confirm any such claims.