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Israeli explanations for bloodshed

1. We haven’t heard reports of deaths, will check into it

2. The people were killed, but by a faulty Palestinian rocket/bomb

3. OK we killed them, but they were terrorists

4. OK they were civilians, but they were being used as human shields

5. OK there were no fighters in the area, so it was our mistake. But we kill civilians by accident, they do it on purpose

6. OK we kill far more civilians than they do, but look at how terrible other countries are.

7. Why are you still talking about Israel ? Are you some kind of anti-Semite?

Repeat from step 1. Test this against the next interview you hear or watch.

Thanks to Cardiff STW for this useful guide, to be used with Draft Demands for Reforms 2 posts down to help filter and measure level of bs in reporting.

BBC News Report on Gaza, 3.00pm Today July 20th 2014

BBC News Channel 3.00 pm News

Stand-Out Statement:

“The Israeli argument is that they cannot sit by …. ” Yeees Yeees tell us about the Hamas rockets, and then? The Palestinian argument?? He started the sentence like that so he might balance it … … … Nope it never came. The Palestinian argument is not deemed relevant. Guess for many viewers the oddness of hearing only the Israeli side is so ingrained it’s not odd any more.

Overview:

Something of chaos in Gaza shown and numbers killed given in brief matter of fact way, but true horror avoided bar a few passing shot moments never returned to: mostly shots of people moving around a bit faster than normal, in one case jogging, in functioning not destroyed urban area.

Shot of functioning hospital and crying nurse. No mention or shots of Israeli heavy shelling of al-Wafa hospital (http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/nora-barrows-friedman/doctors-evacuate-patients-after-israel-bombs-hospital)

 

Break-Down:

Numbers Killed – PASS. The daily and running totals of those were given. (Palestinians: over 400 total; Israelis: 7 killed)

Balance of Reps – FAIL. There were no appearances by anyone other than BBC staff but at least 4 long clear mentions of what Israeli reps had said (Netenyahu / IDF): apparently dropping warning leaflets; “will do what’s necessary to defend ourselves”; “want to avoid civilian casualties”; “need to go into Shejaya – main weapons store”, but not a single mention of what any Palestinian representative / Hamas spokesperson had said on anything at all.

Blame – FAIL. Plentiful use of the Israeli ‘in defence’ card: quotes above, especially last piece where after Israeli quotes the BBC man said ‘independently’ “and that’s why they have needed to go into Shejaya”!!!

Military – FAIL. There was no mention at all of the massive difference in weapons capabilities. Hamas rockets received repeated mention making it seem a greater threat especially during a slow motion long-shot of soldiers helping an injured comrade; Israeli shelling did not.

Big Picture: FAIL. No mention at all of Israeli illegal occupation and siege of Gaza.

 

 

 

 

 

Tell PSC / STW: Don’t Let BBC Off the Hook – DRAFT DEMANDS FOR REFORM

 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:

– SHARE THIS PAGE: wedemandafairbbc.org/2014/07/19/tell-psc-stw-dont-let-bbc-off-the-hook-draft-demands/

– CONTACT PSC TO TELL THEM THEY NEED TO MAKE SPECIFIC DEMANDS (DRAFT LIST HERE) OR WILL BETRAY SUPPORTERS WORLDWIDE AND PALESTINIANS

CONTACT PSC
Call: 44 (0)20 7700 6192;
Email: martial.kurtz@palestinecampaign.org; sarah.colborne@palestinecampaign.org; sarah.apps@palestinecampaign.org; info@palestinecampaign.org (pls cc me mark.nadim@yahoo.co.uk 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

And Conversely:

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

BBC: “Yes we lied blatantly to ease the murder of 34 children of 174 civilians by Israeli army; but let’s keep it nice and quiet”

During the most recent large scale Israeli massacre of Palestinians in November 2012 when 34 children of a total of 174 Palestinians civilians were murdered, compared to 4 Israelis, in the UK the BBC was overtly right behind the Israelis as is customary for them.

In the last day or so – nearly a whole year afterwards – the BBC have upheld a complaint that ‘an independent expert’ purportedly from a pro-democracy organisation, who appeared several times in 2 days on BBC News at the start of the conflict, was actually an outright pro-Israeli stooge, and they knew it.

So, let’s be clear, our national broadcaster that we fund 100% to tell us truthfully what is happening in the world BROUGHT IN AN ‘EXPERT’ WHO WAS REALLY A PRO-ISRAELI STOOGE, SOLD HIM TO US AS ‘NEUTRAL’, AND PUT HIM ON THE NEWS 24 TIMES IN TWO DAYS TELLING US THAT THE ISRAELI ATTACKS WERE ‘ALL IN SELF DEFENCE AND FULLY JUSTIFIED’!

And what do we get now – a big apology? Sincere regret from the bigwigs? Some scapegoat’s head rolling?

Nope – this is Israel! Defended to the hilt by what some aptly call the BiBiC (after Bibi Netenyahu). No, we get a deeply buried never to make the light of day “Partly Upheld” label, stuck next to a little complaint, with the gentlest reminder ever – yes just a reminder – for staff:

BBC News, 14 November 2012

Complaint
The programme included a studio interview with Jonathan Sacerdoti about recent Israeli actions in Gaza.  Two viewers complained that he had not been identified as a pro-Israeli speaker, which was misleading and resulted in bias.

Outcome
Mr Sacerdoti was introduced as the Director of the Institute for Middle Eastern Democracy, and it was not made clear that he is an active proponent of the Israeli viewpoint.  What he said in the course of the interview was a legitimate expression of that viewpoint, and in keeping with the requirements of due impartiality in such matters.  However, viewers should have been made aware that he was not a neutral commentator.
Partly upheld

Further action
The production team have been reminded of the importance of clearly summarising the standpoint of any interviewee where it is relevant and not immediately clear from their position or the title of their organisation.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints/comp-reports/ecu/bbcnews14november
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This is blatantly biased deception and the burying of it by the BBC once they have taken nearly a year to be forced to admit that it is blatantly biased pro-war deception.

The BiBiC has some of the blood of those innocent children and other civilians on its hands too.

People are proud of this ‘British Institution’?
– THEY URGENTLY NEED TO WAKE THE FECK UP AND SEE THE WAR MONGERS FOR WHAT THEY REALLY ARE

http://palestinefrommyeyes.wordpress.com/2012/11/17/gazaunderattack-names-and-ages-of-killed-people-who-fell-victim-during-the-past-ongoing-israeli-attacks-on-gaza/

(See the 1st post below on the BBC’s overwhelmingly pro-Israel Israel output from November 2012 during the massacre)

The Consequences of BBC Bias

Independence from the establishment is what we should expect from a media service which each of us pays for in a modern democracy like ours, but certainly that is not the case now based on analyses of BBC reports on a number of issues, and most likely it never has been to much of an extent.

The easy ride given to the spin of this current Cameron government by the BBC, for example, has had disastrous consequences for us all.

 

On the economy, it has not objected to the spin doctors’ moving of the finger of blame for our national debt promptly away from banks to … us the public (in the form of all public services and the welfare state), and now the rewriting of history in people’s minds in this regard is largely complete.

 

 

The privatisation of the NHS has been strongly opposed by huge majorities of staff and professional bodies connected with the service from top to bottom as well as the public, but this has in no way been reflected in news and documentaries on the issue; rather we have been given a staple diet of the Tories’ ‘vision’ on the needs for and purported benefits of what they, uniquely, refuse to call privatisation, peppered with snippets of often very weedy and poorly explained opposition to the changes.

On the wars we and our NATO allies are involved in, we have been hearing exactly the same type of unpackaged stories that were used on Iraq – now fully discredited even in the mainstream – being used against Iran, with increasing looseness in the use of descriptions of its ‘nuclear threat’ to the world; we hear predominantly just about the apparent successes of our unquestionably honourable role in Afghanistan, despite the evidence of so many wasted civilian and military lives; and on Israel-Palestine we hear the most blatant one-sided pro-Israeli reporting, as is historically the case with the BBC, (see studies by Glasgow Media Group, for example, over many years)

 

 

 

The editorial decisions that lead to all of these broadcast outcomes are out of sight from the public and no doubt from most of the newsroom.

To consider the consequences of this bias on an issue close to home, let’s imagine for a moment that the BBC had actually given a representative amount of airtime to the two sides re NHS changes: those opposed to the Government’s changes to the NHS, consisting of the vast majority of those working in it, of related professional bodies, and of the general public; and to those in favour of the changes, made up of a much smaller minority of staff and general public, including many Tory MPs who are directly profiting from it.

 

 

 

If the reporting had actually been representative in this way, the balance of TV debate would have been overwhelmingly against the government, and the public confidence to stand up and stop the changes in their tracks, if MPs continued to fail to represent us and wave it through, would have been vastly different. In fact, had reporting truly reflected the balance of opinion, the truth is that the government would not have even been able to contemplate the privatisation route, so worried would it have been of completely destroying its image as public servant.

 

 

But as it was, the minority pushing for change was reassured it would have a more placid citizenry because it was given such a nod of assent by our media, with the majority view against the privatisation diluted right down, the BBC being first and foremost in that process in terms of numbers of viewers and influence. The changes have gone through, done and dusted, against the majority’s wishes, and events roll on.

 

Some recent events – as mentioned at the War and Media conference at Goldsmiths by one of the speakers – can give us some confidence: the Hillsborough and Bloody Sunday victories – if a generation late – have won complete apologies. And though the child abuse cover-up scandal at the BBC hasn’t yet led to any positive changes, it is a crack in the foundations that shows that effecting change in our state media is possible with the right energy, persistence and a mountain of undeniable evidence thrust in the public eye.

Many people believe the BBC is completely unsalvageable from its pro-establishment spin, and that the best hope we have is to create more and better non-corporate alternative media; I would argue that without altering the main purveyor of reality in this country, other admirable smaller news ventures will always have only limited impact and never reach the majority as the BBC does.

It is OUR public service broadcaster. WE pay for it and it exists (or it should exist) for OUR NATIONAL PUBLIC BENEFIT, so WE DEMAND A FAIR BBC that is NOT AN ESTABLISHMENT MOUTHPIECE.

Respecting Those Killed, Demanding Changes in Reporting: Protest at Broadcasting House 19/11/12 12-3pm

Israel – Gaza conflict: there will be a protest from 12-3 outside the BBC building Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London from 12-3pm Monday 19 November.

First of all, to clarify, this site and its supporters are not pro or anti Palestinian or Israeli. We are pro all life, pro peace, pro truth. Above all in this context we are pro good journalism.

At the protest on Monday we will be both paying respects to the dead on both sides, and petitioning the BBC to drastically change its reporting of the hostilities in specific ways:

In BBC news reports on TV, Radio and Online:

1) Higher numbers of Palestinian deaths are consistently presented as secondary to smaller numbers of Israeli deaths.

WE DEMAND A FAIR BBC THAT REPORTS DEATHS ON BOTH SIDES WITH EQUAL WEIGHT.

2) Consistently, Israeli viewpoints, whether in the form of well-trained Israeli spokespeople or our own political leaders, are given predominance, with a tiny proportion of time for Palestinian viewpoints:

WE DEMAND A FAIR BBC THAT GIVES EQUAL AMOUNTS OF AIRTIME TO VIEWPOINTS AND SUPPORTERS OF EACH SIDE.

3) Israeli attacks are consistently justified by being cosseted in phrases like ‘in response to…’ and ‘in retaliation for…’

WE DEMAND A FAIR BBC THAT IS NOT ONE-SIDED IN LAYING BLAME, AND FOCUSES PRIMARILY ON FACTS.

4) The arbitrary start-date of this conflict and timeline of events have been chosen to falsely point the finger at Palestinians as ‘aggressors’.

WE DEMAND A FAIR BBC THAT PROVIDES ACCURATE DETAILS AND TIMELINE OF ISRAELI AND PALESTINIAN ATTACKS.

5) The history of illegal Israeli occupation, and its daily spread, the blocking of Palestinian attempts at statehood, the democratic mandate of Hamas and the obscene inhumanity of the siege of Gaza is consistently overlooked in reports and so regarded as acceptable.

WE DEMAND A FAIR BBC THAT GIVES THE BACKGROUND AND DAILY REALITY OF THIS CONFLICT.

So far in this conflict, as has been seen for many years again and again on the BBC, it has blatantly valued Israeli lives over Palestinian and aired almost exclusively pro Israeli viewpoints.

As an example of the kind of biased reporting that has caused such offence: I literally had to stop my car during a BBC Radio 5 Live news report on Thursday to calm myself down and note down what was said as it was so revoltingly one-sided. I found it online and for a few more days you can hear it here if you want: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01nt2q7

In summary: “3 israelis were killed by rockets from Gaza” – this is the headline, followed by a surprisingly long and very emotive recording (isn’t this still the headlines?) of an Israeli father talking about his concerns for his children and wife hiding in their house together, followed by a much briefer mention that 3 Palestinians were also killed. Later, which you wouldn’t even catch if you only wanted the headlines, we hear, after the foreign secretary’s explanation that the Palestinians are to blame, that not 3 but ELEVEN Palestinians were killed. This, we are told, all followed Israel’s assassination of a key Palestinian figure in retaliation to Palestinian rocket attacks. Finally, as a gesture to balanced reporting we hear a UN official calling for no escalation on either side.

It’s all there really, well a lot of it: the blatant racist prioritising of Israeli deaths over Palestinian; the emotive use of an Israeli witness, but no Palestinian; the use of an ‘expert voice’ – ok, William Hague – explaining that it’s the Palestinians’ fault, but no expert with a pro Palestinian view; the parroting of the Israeli government’s arbitrary selection of a timeline of events that allows pointing the finger of blame at Palestinians and casting Israel as the victim purely defending itself; and I imagine some timeline type issue would be the reason given for the 3 Palestinian deaths at the end of the headline morphing into 11 a minute later.

I would strongly recommend these 2 reports on BBC bias on this conflict:

one by the editors of Media Lens (www.medialens.org): http://ow.ly/flNdu ;

the other by the editors of News Unspun (www.newsunspun.org) http://www.newsunspun.org/article/whitewashing-an-assault-bbc-coverage-of-the-israelgaza-ceasefire

And this report by FAIR (www.fair.org) on the timeline of events leading to current hostilities. http://www.fair.org/blog/2012/11/15/when-does-israelpalestine-violence-start