Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Negative Reports Bring Negative Results. Yet, “Impartiality – something that interests me greatly” says the BBC’s Middle East editor!

A member of an Israeli medical team in Sri Lanka
The BBC World Service asked people in 27 countries their opinion of 16 nations: “Please tell me if you think each of the following countries is having a mainly positive or mainly negative influence in the world?”

The 27 countries from which answers came were: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States.

The 16 nations selected for appraisal naturally included the one that’s subject to Al Beeb’s scrutiny night and day, year-in, year-out, and here, in descending order of popularity, are the results: Germany, UK, Japan, Canada, France, USA, Brazil, China, South Africa, India, South Korea, Russia, Israel, Pakistan, North Korea, Iran.

To quote the pollsters: “While overall views of Israel have not moved substantially over the past year, there have been significant increases in negative views of the country among Americans (negatives rising from 31% to 41%) and Britons (from 50%  to 66%)” (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/05_03_11_bbcws_country_poll.pdf

Yep, folks, the demonization of Israel in which the BBC is a master, both at home and abroad, is doing its nefarious work.

Imagine how different things could be – if the BBC (and other influential media outlets) would carry reports on the technological and medical breakthroughs that happen in Israel, and on the humanitarian initiatives that the world so rarely gets to see. There are no lack of videos in the latter area alone: http://www.youtube.com/user/IsraelMFA#g/c/DC43001A3FBF67DA


Meanwhile, a video has recently surfaced, in which Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen, whose slanted reports and biased commentaries on the BBC News website (where they can, of course, be read all over the world) have undoubtedly had an impact on the public attitudes leading to the poll results –  has expressed his interest in impartiality, to which as a BBC reporter he has "to cleave" (but doesn't)!

I venture to suggest that Jezza has not half as much interest in "impartiality" as do hapless BBC licence-payers, who wonder how it is that Al Beeb’s Middle East editor can get away with flouting impartiality rules again and again, and how it is that he (and Al Beeb’s College of Journalism cronies) are permitted by their employer to regularly appear before the Frontline Club, a brazenly leftist journalistic outfit.

In this video Jezza interviews the execrable anti-Israel, anti-Western reporter Robert Fisk, of The Independent newspaper, to whom he makes the above comment. He also tells Fisk that he considers him “a great reporter of what goes on there” ( the Middle East). Fortunately, these comments – the one so risible, the other so partisan – occur towards the beginning of the video, which contains much wind-baggery from Fisk (who's plugging a book he wrote) and Fisk's inevitable mockery of the roles of Britain and the United States in the Middle East as well as his equally inevitable denunciations of Israel. 


And if you’re in masochistic mood and would like to see an interview with Jezza himself at the Frontline Club, you’re in luck: http://www.bbc.co.uk/journalism/blog/2009/09/reflections-with-jeremy-bowen.shtml

4 comments:

  1. Nathan of Plaza9 March 2011 at 00:16

    No Arab countries were on the list for people to vote against, how chicken of the BBC.

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  2. Yes, Nathan - isn't that strange? Al Beeb's aganda means careful selection of who and who not to include, it seems.

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  3. I got 5 minutes into that and bailed out. I have a low threshold when it comes to derangement posing as a rational intellect. Fisk opining that Israel was 'weapons testing' during the 2006 war, rather than clarifying that it was in fact defending its own people,is a manifestation of his insanity and corruption. Ghastly. But thanks for putting it up Daphne.

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  4. As always, thanks for your comment, Roger.
    The Frontline Club deifies certain journalists, and inevitably Fisk is one.

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