Retaliatory actions by Israel get full coverage from our public service broadcaster as you can see here.
But as always there is only a passing explanation for the action, which is inevitably played down when, by sheer luck, the terrorist attack only causes property damage and fails to kill any Israelis. There was no report on Friday about the rocket attack. It was ignored. Why? The murderous intent behind the attacks by Palestinian terrorists is completely ignored by the BBC reporter filing the story.
And no opportunity to engage in naked moral equivalence is missed as reports are rounded off with a regular effort to portray the conflict as one sided and position the terrorists as underdogs:
Correspondents say such attacks are almost always ineffective, with rockets mostly landing in open fields.
Oh well, that’s alright then. Presumably that’s why attacks such as these aren’t reported and their impact explained, because the weapons those nice Palestinians use aren’t as effective.
One Thai farmer in Israel has been killed in the past year.
See it’s only one person, so what’s the big deal?
Dozens of Palestinians, some of them civilians, have been killed in attacks from Israel over the same period.
See? The Israelis are worse. Those nasty Israelis just launch these raids for fun and kill lots of oppressed Keffiyeh wearing chaps going about their lives. It’s an outrage isn’t it? Do you understand? Palestinians = good, Israelis = bad. You can trust us on this, we’re the famously impartial BBC for heaven’s sake. You know that because once in a blue moon we might actually publish an article telling you the Israelis perspective.
That would be the BBC that also fails to put these matters into context for readers. After all, where was the report about the four rockets and two mortar rounds that were fired at Israel just one week ago? Or the terrorist team that was intercepted just days earlier as they tried to get into Israel from their supposed ‘prison camp’ to commit another attack? We have to rely on local media for such information because the BBC can’t be relied upon to present the full picture.
Is it any wonder that we see comments such as these from people whose ignorance of the reality of life in Israel is matched only by their hatred of the Israelis who are determined to hold the line and strike back against their attackers? People who fail to note that Hamas, which controls Gaza through fear and repression, refuses to engage in direct peace talks with Israel, that even the Arab League supports, citing yet more excuses for maintaining their hateful violence.
Make no mistake, Israel often does things that are wrong or indefensible, things that are rightly condemned. But it must not be forgotten that the state of Israel has an obligation to combat the continuous threats it faces from people whose only goal is the destruction of Israel and the death or expulsion of the Jews from that land – a land the Jews had inhabited well before the time of Christ.