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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

BBC Trying To Cover Up Their Hamas Employees

The Hamas Broadcasting Corporation
Posted By Melanie Phillips On June 27, 2007 @ 1:03 pm In Diary | Comments Disabled

So now we know why the BBC sounds like the voice of Hamas. It is Hamas. A story in the Jerusalem Post all but throws away the following explosive revelation:

Despite Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) opposition and per the request of the BBC, the coordinator of government activities allowed a Hamas member who works for the BBC to enter the Gaza Strip last week to assist in efforts to release kidnapped journalist Alan Johnston. Defense officials told The Jerusalem Post that a week ago, a request came from the BBC asking that a Palestinian employee of the news company who is believed to be a close associate of senior Hamas officials be allowed to enter Gaza. The employee, who lives in Gaza, had traveled to Egypt with his wife for medical reasons and the BBC told Israeli officials that they believed he could assist in negotiating Johnston’s release. The Shin Bet objected to the BBC request, saying that the employee was actually a member of Hamas, and perhaps even a terrorist operative.

The BBC has denied that its employees are members of Hamas:

‘We deny that our members are employees of Hamas,’ [sic] Simon Wilson, Jerusalem’s BBC Bureau Chief told the Post. In a statement, the BBC said, ‘Like all large international organizations, the BBC regularly seeks the assistance of the Israeli authorities in moving its Palestinian staff in and out of Gaza. The BBC does not employ anyone who is a member of Hamas or any other Palestinian faction.’

Hmnn. Note the uses of the words ‘employ’ and ‘employees’. It may well be that this man is not on the staff of the BBC and is therefore technically not an employee. Indeed, it is most likely that he is a stringer, one of the many freelance journalists that the BBC uses for its reporting from Gaza. But that is a semantic weasel. It makes no difference to the central claim made by the Post’s story, that the supposedly dispassionate BBC is using to supply its supposedly dispassionate reporting from Gaza a Palestinian who is a member of Hamas, a terrorist organisation proscribed by Britain, the US and the EU and which is committed to the destruction of Israel, the murder of Jews everywhere and the Islamist takeover of the world.

So is it true? The BBC must now tell us, immediately, exactly who this Palestinian is and what work he does for it. Otherwise we must assume that the Post’s story is correct. If that is so, it underlines once again that the BBC has become a fifth column in our society that must with the utmost urgency be addressed.

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At 2:49 PM, Blogger Michael said...

The BBC won't change, and just for this, Israel should simply revoke their press status, and kick them out of the country.

After all, how can they be reporters, if they are members of terrorist groups?

At 6:37 PM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

You're so right. This is on top of the fact that the British Press Union is BOYCOTTING us. We should force them to boycott us all the way and force them out of the country.

At 10:52 PM, Blogger Michael said...

Or at least not use any electronic device with Israeli-made parts or technology during their reporting...


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