If you don’t have time to read all of this, here’s the very short version:
1. Grassroots locally organised large protests against BBC all over country against blatant pro-Israeli bias. (eg this vid of an independently organised one at Media City Manchester: http://vimeo.com/100655533)
2. Symbolic spearhead org – PSC – assumes leadership of protests and hands in a moving but woolly letter of complaint with no specific demands for reform (like the draft below) included for the campaign to push behind and publicise to embarrass BBC with, giving the illogical explanation: “If BBC say no, we might look silly” / “we’re talking to BBC behind the scenes”; mass public fury is instead vented in a series of typically unreported ineffective marches, the BBC aspect being sidelined.
3. Then we see the river of public anger against BBC directed by PSC to be dispersed into harmless fine-spray private individual complaints rather than further public protests, that no one will ever hear of and which can be dealt with very easily by the BBC bureaucratic complaints-machine.
If you agree that this is an extremely self-destructive way to run a campaign, please say so to PSC directly and publicly in any Palestine related discussion, and link to here in any relevant thread on my behalf on the PSC FB page – myself and a friend were banned from commenting there for speaking out – and also please crucially share with anyone attending the Ken Loach, Greg Philo discussion – especially panellists themselves.
DONT LET Palestine Solidarity Campaign LET BBC OFF THE HOOK and squander the value of the unprecedented wave of protests outside BBC offices nationwide: insist that PSC challenge the BBC in open negotiations with clear specific demands, something they have refused to do, fully against all available logic for their own odd private reasons. Contacts at the bottom.
PLEASE contact PSC and tell them:
MAKING SPECIFIC DEMANDS FOR REFORM TO BBC, LIKE THOSE BELOW, IS CRUCIAL.
A blunt-headed approach fronted by a moving but fluffy letter lacking any goals-demands is doomed in any dispute, as are impassioned unreported marches lacking nitty gritty specifics – 13 years of STW experience has certified that.
– YOU CANNOT HAVE ANY SUCCESSFUL CAMPAIGN WITHOUT SPECIFIC DEMANDS! IT’S INSANITY! YET PSC HAVE SAID IN A PHONE CONVERSATION REBUTTAL TO ME, AND BEEN WIDELY QUOTED:
“WE DON’T WANT TO MAKE SPECIFIC DEMANDS TO THE BBC, BECAUSE IF THEY SAY NO WE MIGHT LOOK SILLY”.
YOU WOULD NEVER EVEN IMAGINE SEEING A CAMPAIGN SPEARHEADED BY SUCH INTENTIONAL VAGUENESS WITH NHS CAMPAIGNERS / STRIKING FIREFIGHTERS / FOR EXAMPLE. WHY IS IT DEEMED OK HERE BY PSC? IT’S NOT OK! IT’S A DISASTER AIMED WITHOUT DOUBT FOR THE BOTTOM OF THE SWAMP.
As an ex union rep and negotiator with management, and like everyone in their daily lives, a clear set of goals/demands is a BASIC AND OBVIOUS PROVEN ESSENTIAL FOR SUCCESS in any dispute – YET PSC IS SHUNNING THIS!!!
– To ignore this is not only obviously illogical, it’s also A BETRAYAL OF ALL THE HEART AND ENERGY FAITHFULLY INVESTED BY HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PROTESTERS of all ages and backgrounds who have come out in the UK and millions around the world trusting the PSC to channel energy effectively to try to stop the biased news we are fed, in order to help bring a just and peaceful settlement.
– PSC have once again taken traditional charge of representing widespread grassroots protests in a unified message. Here, sadly, for whatever real reasons they are currently driving the widespread independently organised protests against the BBC’s continued biased coverage into the swamp by bizarrely denying the need for any specific demands for reform at all! “If the BBC say no to our demamds, we’ll look silly” – was the word for word defeatist and illogical brief explanation from PSC, before they banned me from posting (always politely!) on their FB page.
– THE PROTESTS OUTSIDE BBC OFFICES HAVE BEEN LARGE, PEACEFUL AND VERY WIDESPREAD AND HAVE RUNG A BELL WHICH THE BLATANTLY PRO-ISRAELI BBC CAN’T SILENCE. The BBC really doesn’t want the truth of Israeli genocide, illegal colonisation and apartheid – and the BBC’s own complicity in altering and softening the image of that injustice – forced out by more protests.
– Protests have involved a wide base of the community. There have certainly never been so many all over the country in my living memory. Link available to a great video of one grassroots protest here (in News Updates of this petition site), as well as more on previous contact with PSC here: bit.ly/bbcendzionbias
SO NOW IS THE TIME TO DEMAND SPECIFIC CHANGES FROM THE BBC THAT WE PAY FOR! NOT ROLL OVER AND SAY “WE MIGHT LOOK SILLY”!!!
THE FIRST STEP FOR SUPPORTERS OF JUSTICE FOR PALESTINIANS IS TO INSIST THAT PSC PUT DEMANDS FOR REFORM FORWARD!!!
– PSC’s response to my raising this by phoning them, emailing and posting on their FB page, always politely? – Disabling my FB comments, not answering emails, and over the phone the most bizarre, feeble and illogical excuses like the ones above. See details of contact with PSC in a News update of a related petition here: Contact with PSC
LATEST UPDATE: COMPLETE BURIAL OF POPULAR CAMPAIGN BY PSC!!!
In a shocking further demolition of the widespread popular protests against the BBC, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign has now acted to try to reposition the whole public anger against BBC bias in the most inefective way imagineable: by urging people to WRITE INDIVIDUAL COMPLAINTS TO the BBC rather than demonstrate together behind specific demands. THE RIVER OF PUBLIC ANGER SHAMING THE BBC FOR ITS PRO-ISRAELI BIAS AND BRINGING THE HIDDEN GENOCIDE INTO THE OPEN HAS BEEN DIRECTED TO BE DISPERSED INTO HARMLESS FINE-SPRAY PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL COMPLAINTS THAT NO ONE WILL EVER HEAR OF AND CAN BE DEALT WITH EFFECTIVELY BY THE BUREAUCRATIC COMPLAINTS-MACHINE.
As just one illustration of how hopeless the BBC complaints department is, another older post on this very blog tells the story of how the BBC used a pro-Israeli campaigner as a ‘neutral’ pundit during the November 2012 massacre of Gazans by the Israeli ‘defence’ Force. After being nailed for their highly misleading behaviour the complaint was, after a year of toing and frowing, ‘upheld’ – a rare momentous victory, you’d think. But who ever heard about it? Only those already involved in justice for Palestine campaigning. Was it ever publicised? Not at all – even searching on the BBC site you wont find it. Were staff reprimanded? Not in the least – they were given a non-binding recommendation.
So to ditch the many protests outside BBC studios around the country and instead tell people to go back to their homes and send emails is undoubtedly a damning wrong move by PSC.
DRAFT PROPOSAL FOR DEMANDS FOR BBC REFORMS; ALSO USEFUL AS A REFERENCE TO MEASURE QUALITY OF NEWS REPORTING ON PALESTINE-ISRAEL
1) CASUALTY STATISTICS: GUARANTEE to make up for past imbalance and inaccuracies by highlighting the over 1,500 Palestinian CHILDREN KILLED since 2000, and over 1,500 Palestinian civilians – rising very fast – killed so far in the current Jul/Aug 2014 massacre, with equivalence to the immense time and ‘state funeral’ approach awarded to the three israeli children killed just before this latest massacre: BBC anchors flew out to Israel to attend the funerals and ‘interview’ Israeli politicians, in some cases promising retribution.
The total lack of proportionality in, for example, having brushed aside the Palestinian children caught on film by CCTV being murdered in cold blood by Israeli snipers (let alone the 1,500 since 2000) while awarding so much time to the 3 abducted and murdered Israelis gave a wholly false impression, as per usual, to the 1/4 billion BBC users worldwide of the real stats. GUARANTEE in future to always give both accurate statistics and proportionally representative time to those killed on each side to avoid misinforming the public so extremely in such a way again.
2) CAUSE OF CURRENT VIOLENCE: GUARANTEE to stop the obvious (once alerted to it) process of repeatedly justifying Israeli acts of violence with arbitrary use of “in response” / “in defence”, while blaming Palestinian actions (“started the current violence”); and stop using the subjectively chosen / IDF-supplied start date of each intensification of what is clearly an ongoing – 47 years at least – violently enforced illegal occupation by Israel of Palestinian lands.
3) MILITARY STRENGTH: GUARANTEE to compare accurately and fairly details of the world’s 4th army, navy and air force (Israel) using cutting edge technology from land, sea and air largely funded by the USA to the tune of over $30bn per year, and the Palestinian refugee militants in Gaza using smuggled and home-made missiles. The most obvious laughably biased example of bias in this regard is still up in the BBC’s ‘Conflict Explained’ section: called “What weapons are being used in the Israel-Gaza conflict?” it only focusses at length on Palestinian weapons, and Israeli defences – IGNORING COMPLETELY THE ARRAY OF FLESH-SHREDDING ISRAELI STATE-OF-THE-ART ARMS USED FROM LAND, AIR AND SEA THAT HAVE KILLED OVER 500 PALESTINIAN CHILDREN IN THE LAST WEEKS! What weapons are being used …? Jonathan Marcus
4) NOT A ‘WAR’: GUARANTEE not to paint the illegal brutally-enforced occupation and siege by the Israeli miltary superpower as a ‘war’ between two relatively equal adversaries, when in reality it is a genocidal occupation by Israel confronted by popular democratically led – when do we hear that about Hamas? – resistance. A check of Hamas’ election victory and a simple look at this map helps to dispel entirely the uniform propaganda lie of ‘Israel purely defending itself against terrorists’ and clarifies the truth of Western endorsed genocidal colonisation: SEE MAP
5) NEWS PUNDITS: GUARANTEE measurably equal time for Palestinian representatives and supporters and Israeli, and equal time spent by BBC reporters describing each side’s viewpoint.
6) HISTORY AND WIDER PICTURE OF INVASION AND SIEGE: GUARANTEE to highlight the core grudge issues: illegal occupation / colonisation by Israel, the ongoing division of Palestine into smaller and smaller separated pieces by Israel and the medieval siege inflicted on Gaza by Israel, described as a ‘densely populated prison camp on starvation rations’ and now under full ground assault. GUARANTEE to highlight these injustices as the undeniable reasons for tension, and the resolution of these crimes being the only path to peace, and incumbent on politicians to achieve.
7) BBC BEHIND THE SCENES LINKS: GUARANTEE to detail precisely all BBC staff interests, links and meetings with Israeli PR firms like BICOM, and all other Israeli lobby/interest groups and individuals ( eg visits and discussions with the Israeli ambassador) with access to BBC staff (see especially chapter 5 of this groundbreaking report into Israel lobby by Spinwatch: http://www.middleeastmonitor.com/resources/reports-and-publications/8182-summary-of-spinwatch-report-the-britain-israel-communications-and-research-centre-giving-peace-a-chance )
PLEASE HELP PUSH FOR REAL REFORM OF BBC REPORTING ON PALESTINE-ISRAEL:
– CONTACT PSC TO TELL THEM THEY NEED TO MAKE SPECIFIC DEMANDS (DRAFT LIST HERE) OR WILL BETRAY SUPPORTERS WORLDWIDE AND PALESTINIANS
Call: 44 (0)20 7700 6192;
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com (pls cc me firstname.lastname@example.org and report any other contact).
COMMENT ON PSC FB THREADS: Palestine Solidarity Campaign blocked me and a friend for suggesting (always politely) that such demands are essential, so pls add comments on my behalf mentioning the need for specific demands and link to here: https://wedemandafairbbc.org/2014/07/19/tell-psc-stw-dont-let-bbc-off-the-hook-draft-demands/
SHARE AS WIDELY AS POSSIBLE: friends, MPs, campaigners etc
In simplistic terms:
BLUNT CAMPAIGN LED BY PSC = NO REAL IMPACT ON BBC = CONTINUED EXTREME PRO-ISRAELI BIAS = NO MASS PUBLIC OUTRAGE AT MASSACRE/SIEGE/GENOCIDE = NO PRESSURE ON UK-ISRAELI ELITES TO CHANGE POLICY – NO JUSTICE = NO PEACE
SPECIFIC CAMPAIGN GOALS THAT ALL PROTESTERS ARE UNITED BEHIND = WIDER PUBLIC AWARENESS OF REAL DETAILS OF BBC BIAS = REFORMS FORCED ON BBC AND GROWING PRESSURE SHAMING ISRAEL TO ALTER COURSE AND REACH A FAIRER PEACEFUL SETTLEMENT