Thursday, November 15, 2012

BBC on Gaza

Khodor sent me this:  "
This is from the main article on Gaza:

Firstly look at the title,"Gaza rocket fire kills three Israelis, violence escalates". There was title yesterday saying 11 Palestinians (not sure about the number) were killed. They dont seem to count. They lead with the headline of the Hamas assassination but you are never told how this started.

From the article:

"Three people have been killed as rockets fired from Gaza struck southern Israel, amid escalating violence.

They died when a four-storey building in the town of Kiryat Malachi was hit.

It marks the first Israeli fatalities since Israel killed Hamas' military chief in Gaza on Wednesday.

Eleven Palestinians - mainly militants but also children - have been killed in the ensuing Israeli operation."

"mainly militants but also children" What the hell does that mean? Perhaps they find it hard to have an exact count. Also there is no timeline of the events which I feel is made unclear on purpose.

Moving on: "The three Israelis - two women and a man - died when a rocket hit the top floor of the building in Kiryat Malachi, about 25km (15 miles) north of Gaza." Ah wait they can actually count and pick up gender and probably the names of the Isnotraelis. I would not be surprised if they can tell us what they had for breakfast.

There is more though just after: "Three other people - a four-year-old boy and two babies - were injured, Israel's foreign ministry said." So we know the age of the Isnotraeli childern who were injured. But God forbid not the Palestinian killed ones, they are refered to as also children.

Moving on: "So far the violence does not appear on the same scale as the last Gaza war almost four years ago when hundreds of Palestinians were killed on the first day of Israel's operation, our correspondent adds. Thirteen Israelis also died in that conflict."

So here we get the exact number of Isnotraelis who died in the whole conflict last time but are told hundreds of Palestinians died on the first day. Finding out how many exactly died on first day and in the whole conflict( including exact number of men, women and children) seems to be too much work to do if it refers to the Palestinians.

Finally this: "Among those killed in the Israeli air strikes in the last two days was the 11-month-old son of a BBC Arabic Service cameraman in Gaza City. The child, Omar, died in hospital of severe burns, while his brother and uncle remain critically injured."

This is buried right at the bottom in the article. One wonders how this would be reported if it was an Isnotraeli 11 month son of a BBC camera man. At least now we know Isnotreal has been striking Gaza in the last two days."