The BBC is eager, as we have recently seen from its behaviour when covering the Boston Marathon bombings, to suppress any speculation that Muslims may have been involved.
This is merely a continuation of a policy that it has adopted and carried out in the UK for a long time in the hope of breaking any association between Islam and terrorism or indeed any activities that would reflect badly upon the ideology in the minds of non-Muslims.
A similar exercise in news manipulation is seen in its reporting of immigration, or when not reporting the damaging effects mass immigration has had on UK society and infrastructure.
However, as I noted in this previous post, when looking at other countries a more clear sighted and authentic picture appears of the effects of immigration and cultural tensions between different ethnic or religious groups.
One of the most recent such ventures was ‘Frank Gardner’s Return to Saudi Arabia.’.
This was followed by John Ware’s ‘Israel: Facing The Future’ in which Ware examined the problems facing an Israel with increasing polarisation of its populations between extremes of religion and an increasing secularism.
One stand out comment was this:
‘The Palestinians have found that a more powerful weapon than guns is a receptive Media.’
Just how receptive we’ll never know until the BBC publishes the Balen Report…but Ware makes the point that Israel’s image was tarnished by the use of overwhelming force in Gaza in 2009 in which a watching world only saw dead Palestinians.
There is a reason for that…because that is what the likes of the BBC determinedly emphasized and focused on….and continued to publish the casualty figures for a couple of years after the conflict at the bottom of most reports about Israel.
How fair was this programme though?
Firstly Ware, avoiding upsetting the Arabs, called Jerusalem ‘Israel’s spiritual capital’…no it is its actual capital.
He told us that Israel had been fighting wars for 60 years…..well, only because they have been under attack for 60 years….it’s not a voluntary thing.
Although it accurately pictured the internal pressures upon Israeli society, though not detailing the very successful secular side much at all, it skated over the hardcore Muslim opposition that Israel faces.
Israelis were presented as the bigger part of the problem whilst Palestinians and Israeli Arabs were generally presented as reasonable, undogmatic people just looking for a peaceful life.
It was unfortunate that one Israeli Arab slipped out that ‘we are in a war’…against the Israelis…a comment that Ware left unremarked.
The Israeli Arabs were allowed to present a very one sided view of things, with likeminded, left wing Israelis agreeing.
However the main point about the programme that I want to make is that Ware looks closely at the effects on Israeli society of the rise of religious extremism amongst Jews themselves as well as the presence of Israeli Arabs who make up 1/5th of the population.
In the programme he describes what is going on as ‘religious nationalism’…i.e. Zionism…though just as applicable to Hamas et al.
That’s interesting…he makes the link between religion and politics….Something that is taboo when discussing Islam in the UK or the West….. here we are told ‘Islamists’ are violent extremists who use Islam to further their political intentions whilst ‘Muslims’ are peace loving, spiritual people.
Ware expands on that comment later saying…..
‘Biblically inspired nationalism is challenging the secular and democratic values of Israel’s founding fathers. Upon the outcome of this battle will depend the next chapter in the history of the Jewish people.’
Now that’s a pretty interesting comment….were the 7/7 bombings ‘Koranically inspired’?
You’re not allowed to say they were, and the BBC will deny it till the cows come home.
Does Islam challenge the secular and democratic values of a liberal, secular Britain?
We know Christianity challenges it…on the matter of gay marriage and women’s rights for instance. Islam also of course challenges the Christian Church itself…..but even the Church is too cowardly to stand up for itself in the face of an insurgent Islam….so perhaps you can’t expect the BBC to do so for it.
You have to ask why is Ware allowed to class the Bible as the driving force behind the politics in Israel when Muslims who express a similar view about the Koran, citing it as their inspiration and guide in life, are dismissed as criminals and madmen who pervert Islam?
And of course it isn’t just that differing approach to handling different religions but also the fact that Ware recognises and highlights that there is a ‘clash of values between secular liberals and the religious’…. and that tensions are growing, with ever more conflict.
That same view could equally be applied here in the UK with the rise of Islam which is an ideology that opposes most of the values and culture of a secular/Christian Britain.
Or is there no ‘clash of values’ in Britain today between the religious and the secular….or Islam and Western values?
If there is shouldn’t someone be talking about it? The BBC and the Establishment would prefer you didn’t.
If it is possible to talk about such ‘clashes of values’ in Saudi Arabia or Israel it should be possible to debate them here without the usual charges of racism or Islamophobia being bandied about in attempts to close down the debate.
It is a necessary debate to have.