Question of the week #12
- Netanyahu backs off opposition to a Palestinian state, Herb Keinon, Jerusalem Post. 19 March 2015
Cartoon ©Tim Eagan 2015
Cartoon ©Tim Eagan 2015
The BBC response to the force the BBC to fulfill their obligation for impartiality petition can be summed up in two statements. You weren’t specific enough for us to follow through and don’t think you are being ignored but you’ll never know differently.
The petition of more than 700 names refered to BBC boilerplate. So, by definition, it was general. It seems that a general error, consistently repeated, hence the expression boilerplate is not something that can be complained about. Our next step is to send them a page full of linked articles where they have failed to mention doubts about civilian casualty figures. Continue reading
The BBC has responded to the complaint I sent in and corrected the caption we referred to in Uncoordinated BBC It now reads ‘The relationship between Israel and the Palestinians has worsened sharply in recent months’.
Although I would have preferred the photograph less reminiscent of ‘Liberty Leading the People’ by Eugene Delacroix, 1830 it is a small step in the right direction. We congratulate the BBC both for the correction and for the promptness.
A short while ago I commented on the Biased BBC blog. If Jeremy Bowen doesn’t think what he says is antisemitic [I prefer the term Jew Hatred, myself] what does he think is antisemitic? Then I expanded that enquiry to what does the BBC consider antisemitic?
Is it a term like terrorist that they find hard to define so they essentially forbid its use? Or is it one that can only be safely used in an historical explanation; a location other than Britain; practised by groups the BBC already finds politically incorrect or while denying the BBC suffers from it?
Can we predict what a BBC article on Jew Hatred will look like when Auntie Beeb finally does get around to discussing it? I suspect that Living with the J-word by Michael Goldfarb would be exactly what the BBC would order. The combination of high profile attacks on Jews in Paris and Copenhagen with the report from Community Security Trust that antisemitic attacks on Jews in the United Kingdom are an all-time high made some form of BBC response imperative.
You missed it? Continue reading
The Palestinians are often noted for appropriating everybody and anybody’s narratives. When I first became interested, in-depth, in Israel advocacy the PLO were claiming that plane hijackers and bus bombers were somehow the equivalent of Viet Cong fighting a guerilla war. So it wasn’t actually surprising that they hitched-a-ride on International Women’s Day. Nor was it surprising that they took the slogan from this year and MADE IT HAPPEN! Continue reading
In week 7 we asked, should P.M. Netanyahu go to Washington? Three quarters of what is, we admit, a tiny, self-selected sample, said yes. Now you’ve heard the speech before Congress; seen the fallout and had a chance to think about it. Was it worth it? How do we judge? Continue reading
The BBC writes PLO to end historic Israeli security agreement.
Leaving aside that this is a threat made many times before, a certain piece of vital information seems to be missing in the second sentence in this article The PLO is the representative body for Palestinians and its decisions are binding for the Palestinian Authority.
Who are the heads of the PLO; the Palestinian Authority that is apparently subordinate to it and Fatah the largest faction in the PLO? Only one head: Mahmud Abbas. So the PLO, led by Abbas instructs the PA, led by Abbas to stop cooperation. He in turn will order Fatah, led by Abbas, to stop cooperating. Continue reading
We never thought there was so much BDS animosity to a sugar-loaded, fizzy drink that Five Minutes for Israel would be pointing to a Palestinian enterprise to counter it. Continue reading
Some late corrections to LATMA Returns
We heard what IMHO is a brilliant idea. PM Netanyahu should publicly invite Isaac ‘Buji’ Herzog, the man he and the Americans consider to be his major contender for his position, to Washington when he makes his speech before Congress. Perhaps Zippi Livni could tag along to explain why Netanyahu is so wrong now, but not two months earlier when she was a minister in his cabinet? Continue reading