I had the misfortune to watch Panorama the other evening regarding the Mavi Marmara (“Death on the Med”….interesting title as it certainly evoke the investigative qualities of “Death on the Rock”) and the death of activists on that boat. I say misfortune because it was utterly biased and came across as propaganda for the Israeli State. There was no political context about the Gaza blockade, instead activists on the flotilla were described as “terrorists” this wasn’t questioned by Jane Corbin. The whole programme was terrible, wasn’t investigative in the least just lazy right-wing journalism.
I mean, how are people expected to respond when confronted with an armed hostile force in international waters? What were people on the Mavi Marmara expected to do? Rather than concentrating on the behaviour of the activists on the boat what about the behaviour of the Israeli State who committed piracy in international waters, run roughshod over international law and indulged in nothing less than murder and terrorism. That are more like execution style killings at that close range (especially as many were head shots…). But none of this was investigated as the BBC were far more interested in giving the Israeli State an easy time.
But then what do you expect from the BBC who refused to transmit the DEC appeal on Gaza, and initial reports on the attack on the Mavi Marmara the BBC interviewed former Israeli commandos who spouted the line along with a naval officer who defended storming the flotilla. Nothing whatsoever about the mission of the flotilla, or the war crimes and acts of terrorism committed against the Palestinians in Gaza. Instead Mark Thompson (Director-General) capitulated time and time again to the pro-Zionist lobby
Liam has written a post along with the questions PSC are asking people to include when complaining to the BBC about the programme . And I am certainly in the process of writing my complaint.
Also Pulse has posted an article by Ken O’Keefe who was interviewed by the Panorama programme. I recommend that you read it.
Ken O’Keefe writes: The BBC mentions that we were in international waters at the very end of the story, as if this were an insignificant fact. The fact that Israel stole all the footage that it could, footage that undoubtedly shows them firing 4 bullets to the head of the 19-year-old American passenger, Furkan Dogan. No problem. Executing people at close range, no worries. The fact that the blockade itself is illegal, nah, don’t mention that. 800,000 plus children in Gaza, malnourished, anemic, traumatised… not important.
I would need to review this program many times over to identify every poisoned tactic that the BBC employed in order to do what they do so well, justify murder and war.
Nevertheless BBC’s perversion of the truth will elevate the cause of justice immensely, delegitimizing itself in such grand fashion was indeed a great big gift.
Hats off to ya BBC!