Some Unmentionable Matters

Yesterday ‘Elder of Ziyon’ reported ‘Hamas’ interior minister’s sick daughter airlifted by Israel to Jordan.’ We have to go to Islamic Jihad’s organ ‘Palestine Today’ to read a transcendental Google Translation of the tale because Fathi Hammad was feeling a bit shy. He feared the story wouldn’t go down very well at home.

“Sources in Gaza yesterday that the situation of girls has improved. In addition, it imposed stringent controls in the sector did not put any details about the case in the media.

Maariv quoted the Fatah men in Gaza, said Hamas leaders would be in big embarrassment in the wake of the event, because the talk is going for Israel permission to help a man great enthusiasm.”

The BBC version of this story also needs a translation. Their version seems to say:

Israel’s blockade of Gaza puts residents’ health at risk. Israel only allowed this child to leave after special pleading from Jordan’s King Abdullah ll.

Elder of Ziyon fills in the gaps that an unbiased BBC would have provided:

“- Israel regularly allows Gazans to be treated at Israeli hospitals.

– In 2009, Israel allowed over 10,000 Gazans to come to Israel for medical purposes.

– Another 10,000 Gazans exited the Strip for other reasons.

– An Israeli medical clinic that was built specifically for Gazans injured in Operation Cast Lead was closed down when Hamas refused to allow any residents to get treated there.

– Hamas has methodically taken over all the medical associations in Gaza since seizing power, replacing doctors if their political views weren’t deemed to be pro-Hamas enough.

– Hamas has used Gaza hospitals and ambulances to transport and protect its own militants

It seems that the BBC has a narrative about Gaza and it will only mention the facts that it deems relevant to pushing that narrative. It just so happens that this narrative has nothing bad to say about Hamas and everything bad to say about Israel.”

Commenter Zvi has carried out a systematic study of BBC bias against Israel, and he hopes the BBC will read his comment, and change. But he doubts it.

H/T Biodegradable: Open Thread.

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18 Responses to Some Unmentionable Matters

  1. Dave says:

    Would any stinking Beeboids reading this care to comment?

    Thought not.


  2. Jack Bauer says:

    One of the problems is this: 

    In the US, Christians, Republicans and conservatives provide the strongest, most unwavering support for Israel. 

    I’m sad to say but in this country, the conservative party (and many supporters) is as riddled with as much Jew hate and anti-Semitism as is the norm on the left. 

    There is no strong bulwark against the BBC’s constant knee-jerk anti-Jew speak.

    Partly explained of course, by the constant knee-jerk blame the Joos narative that the BBC never ceases to peddle.

    There is a total disconnect between the bubbling under the surface, massive resentment at the near Islamo-colonization going on in the UK; and what Jews face daily in the middle east from those same folks..

    But that will change eventually.


  3. George R says:

    BBC’s Hamas ‘militant’ is Israel’s Hamas ‘terrorist’ –

    1.) ‘Jerusalem Post’ report:

    2.) BBC report:


  4. hippiepooter says:

    The BBC run thus: 
    “Jordan’s King Abdullah II had personally appealed for her to be allowed to leave Gaza, officials said” 
    Is it just me or are we left without a clue as to whether the reporter is referring to Israeli, Hamas, or Jordanian officials?  It may have some relevance because it could indicate that the reporter identifies so strongly with ‘the officials’ in question that to him they are just ‘the officials’, in the same way that to the IRA the IRA wasn’t ‘the IRA’ but ‘the army’.


  5. sue says:

    I’ve got an “I know a man” story.
    I know a man who was flying home from some far flung region, sharing a drink and  a chat with the man in the next seat who said he was chief editor of a major news organisation, (probably the BBC) tasked with filming a report on a war that had broken out in the area they had just left “Shouldn’t you be travelling in the other direction?” asked my man. “Oh no.” said the stranger as he knocked another one back : “I knew what shots I wanted. The crew will set them up, I’m on my way home.”

    I heard that story before I read Stephanie Gutmann’s book “The Other War. “
    I often wonder why the Israelis haven’t tackled their PR. It looks as though they don’t value support from the rest of us. They are wise not to rely on support from the rest of the world, but their lack of effort in this regard rather leaves their supporters in the lurch.  I’m well aware that it’s nothing compared to the concrete hostility they face, but being stranded in a sea of hostility can be galling.

    The BBC has spent the last forty or fifty years delegitimising Israel, and by now there are generations that have been fed nothing but. It’s the norm to find anti-Israel propaganda as the default position of Mr. Everyman.
    It never ceases to amaze me that no matter how many examples of Islamist behaviour we’re presented with, the majority of the so-called intelligentsia still can’t make that final connection. What we are facing now is just a microcosm of what Israel has been up against since 1948.


    • sue says:

      I meant the video to come at the end. I haven’t got time to do it again.


    • Biodegradable says:

      A comment on a thread at CiFWatch about media lies:


      … satire about journalism I read in a novel called “Scoop”, by Evelyn Waugh. I found the complete paragraph, it’s a little long, but cute:
      “Why, once Jakes [the Journalist] went out to cover a revolution in one of the Balkan capitals. He overslept in his carriage, woke up at the wrong station, didn’t know any different, got out, went straight to an hotel, and cabled off a thousand word story about barricades in the streets, flaming churches, machine-guns answering the rattle of his typewriter as he wrote, a dead child, like a broken doll spreadeagled in the deserted roadway below his window – you know.
      Well, they were pretty surprised at his office, getting a story like that from the wrong country, but they trusted Jakes and splashed it in six national newspapers. That day every special in Europe got orders to rush to the new revolution. They arrived in shoals. Everything seemed quiet enough, but it was as much as their jobs were worth to say so, with Jakes filing a thousand words of blood and thunder a day. So they chimed in too. Government stocks dropped, financial panic, state of emergency declared, army mobilized, famine, mutiny and in less than a week there was an honest to God revolution under way, just as Jakes had said.
      There’s the power of the press for you.”

      And it still goes on today:


      • sue says:

        Yes, but whenever I see that Hezbollah-setting-up pic I always imagine that it too could have been staged. (And so on ad infinitum.)


        • Biodegradable says:

          Yes, but what about Jakes the journalist? I find him reminiscent of a certain BBC Middle East reporter…


  6. deegee says:

    From the BBC article Hamas minister’s sick daughter allowed out of Gaza
    Israel and Egypt deny entry to all but basic humanitarian supplies, in order to prevent Gaza’s Hamas rulers firing rockets at Israel, they say.

    Some people think it half an improvement that the BBC finally concedes Egypt has a border with Gaza but the above BBC comment is only half true.

    Egypt doesn’t say it is blocking the border because of Hamas rockets fired at Israel. Egypt blocks the border because a) Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood are sister organizations and Egypt has been at war with the Brotherhood since at least 1948, b) they don’t want the Sinai peninsula to be a centre for Jihad activities that may attract disaffected Egyptians and be difficult and expensive to control and probably c) America which subsidizes the Egyptian economy by about $2.6 billion annually  has asked them to.

    <!– E BO –>


    • David Preiser (USA) says:

      You’ve just opened the door to all those who claim that Egypt is only doing this because the Zionist-controlled US is paying them.  A BBC employee who used to comment here under the name of John Reith maintained that was the case, and it’s probably the default position at the BBC now.  However, Egypt has been mostly turning a blind eye to the tunnels for ages, so it’s hard to view them as much of a Zionist puppet.  They take the cash from the US for their part in the blockade – and keeping the peace with Israel – and at the same time let the tunnels operate freely.

      It’s a sweet deal:  free money for doing very little, and hardly anyone ever blames them for their part in the blockade.  I often wonder, if Egypt really is just doing the Zionist-controlled US’s bidding, why isn’t there a constant, huge noise about this in the rest of the Muslim world?  If Egypt is really doing this only because they get paid by the US, why aren’t all the Muslim leaders screaming this every day?  Why isn’t there massive anger in the Middle East for this?

      I’m one of those who think it’s an improvement – a very recent one – that the BBC has started including Egypt in their reports on the blockade of Hamas.  Let’s not encourage them to step backwards.


    • hippiepooter says:

      Their news blackout on the fact that Gaza has a border with Egypt too was a lie the BBC could no longer sustain, but as, I think it was deegee (biodegradable?) who noted above, Egypt has its own domestic reasons for restricting free movement from Gaza.  The BBC are singing from the Muslim Brotherhood hymnsheet when they imply its just to get US bucks to help protect Israel.


  7. Paul says:

    Well the name Fathi Hamad rings a bell.  Here is the chap:

    Please watch the video he talks of how has deliberately sacrificed the lives of their own women and children.  Now however he does not want his own daughter to die and is quite happy to accept Hamas help, hypocrite.  But then again many Muslims are.



    • hippiepooter says:

      How very interesting.  Tempted to ring up a BBC journalist and say ‘hey, read your piece about King Abdullah telling Israel to save that girls life, great piece!  Here, sending you a video, what you think of it, great news story, right!?’, and then listen to him squirm.


      • sue says:

        That is a good idea. But would they squirm?
        They’d probably justify the human shield tactic by empathising, like Jenny Tonge and Cherie Blair on suicide bombers. “If I was in their situation I’d do the same.”

        Martin linked to an unusual article in the Guardian yesterday, about Islam, hypocrisy and pederasty. A  number of below the line comments mentioned that it was refreshing to see that sorth of thing ‘told like it is’ in the Guardian.

        Given the vitriol that normally appears whenever Israel is mentioned, it begs the question: will Guardianistas and Beeboid-istas ever put two and two together and come to the only obvious conclusion?

        Imagine trying to empathise with an Islamic paedophile because your left wing credentials force you to blame Israel  for all the world’s sins.

        Well, I suppose if some Catholic priests really hold the Jews responsible for causing them to abuse children, it’s not so far fetched.

        Perhaps Jenny Tonge will decide that Israel should set up an investigation into both these things. There’s no smoke without fire, after all. (Except when a martyr is detonated.)


        • hippiepooter says:

          If there is categorical proof that Israel let the girl leave Gaza as a matter of routine when it comes to medical emergencies and not soley due to a special plea by King Abdullah II as the BBC would have us believe, this BBC piece really is a good example of its anti-Semitism.  There was a time in our country when racism was a national scandal and laws were passed.  The national scandal in our country now is anti-Semitism and the BBC are at the heart of it.  If the categorical proof above emerges its a good peg to hang the issue of BBC anti-Semitism on as an election issue.  If the Stephen Lawrence murder was grounds to conduct a Public Inquiry into the Met for ‘racism’, the BBC’s reporting of the Jewish State begs for a Public Inquiry into its anti-Semitism.  Only we wouldn’t want someone like the noble Lord MacPherson conducting it.  He got spooked by the ‘Brixton posse’ and the Guardian and just played to the gallery with his ridiculous findings.  No, a Public Inquiry into BBC anti-Semitism would need a Judge made of far sterner stuff than Lord MacPherson to reach conclusions that the evidence merits.


  8. Dazed-and-Confused says:

    It’s entirely predictable to see that the BBC are giving a lot of coverage to the Communists of S.W.P./Respect, reporting like exited children, that any M.P. of theirs would automatically give support in a future hung parliament to their darlings of New Labour.

    So “Trots & Communists” = Good. – U.K.I.P. = Bad…Hmmmmm. Another fine day of BBC neutrality then.


  9. JohnW says:

    The usual superb coverage of BBC bias below from Honest Reporting: