When the bombs were falling on Gaza a little while ago it was on our screens and in the news constantly; albeit the Israeli version of it; the BBC and western news agencies acquiesced with Israeli/American wishes/commands, you had to search for a channel like ‘Al Jazeera’ or ‘Press’ to get some kind of balance. This was a shameful episode for what was once one of the world’s great news agencies the BBC, people must make up their own minds about why this was allowed to happen, even in the face of horror and revulsion from millions of British people they did not break ranks with those powers, why was that I wonder?
Following the end of the carnage when the awful consequences of the Israeli aggression were becoming more and more difficult to hide and the world watched in disgust, when we thought the BBC could not get any lower they did. When plans to appeal to the country for aid for the Palestinians of Gaza the cowards at the BBC refused to show the appeal claiming that it would create an imbalance in their reporting of the war in Gaza. With 1,300 Gazans dead and Thousands injured, homeless, and hungry while 13 Israelis were killed; I think that someone had already created an imbalance.
British playwright Caryl Churchill wrote a well received play in response to the Gaza tragedy called “Seven Jewish Children” the play’s theme is taken from Jewish history and guess what; BBC radio bosses refused to broadcast it because they claimed again they were concerned about impartiality, what is going on here who is pulling the strings?
How do you make someone like George Galloway disappear; better still how do you make him disappear when he is actively seeking publicity; not only that; he is being helped by thousands of volunteers but he has still disappeared. Those who keep an eye on such matters will know that he has led a convoy across land to Gaza with hundreds of vehicles and volunteers to bring aid to the strip and highlight the plight of its people. Is it only me who finds it strange and not a little worrying that we have seen nothing and heard very little about their progress on this humanitarian mission? Why have we not seen it on TV why do the BBC not have a correspondent with them, who has decided that it will not be reported, like them or not no one can possibly claim that it is not newsworthy, what has happened to the BBC? Why was it not possible to see pictures of the earlier mercy boats travelling to Gaza in international waters to deliver desperately needed aid?
This is a news blackout by the BBC and someone is standing on it’s neck, Orwell used broadcasting house as the “Ministry of Truth” in his novel 1984 it would appear that the torturer O’Brien is still stalking the corridors with his cage full of rats and those who run what has now become a farce are cowering before him.