Ignored by the BBC: the voices of children from southern Israel

Overall, the BBC’s coverage of events in southern Israel during and in the period leading up to Operation ‘Pillar of Cloud’ was, to say the least, somewhat sketchy – despite the presence of at least four BBC reporters on the ground in Israel after the operation began and a permanently well-staffed Jerusalem Bureau.

One of its better reports in terms of accuracy, impartiality and the presentation of a balanced view was this one by Katya Adler, filmed in Be’er Sheva on the day following the cease fire.

However prior to that, for example, we had seen a report entitled “Ashkelon bears the brunt of rockets” which featured 80% of footage from places other than Ashkelon, a report from Kiryat Malachi which failed to interview even one resident of the town and a general tendency to dedicate proportionately more air-time to images filmed in the Gaza Strip (which also had more BBC staff on the ground: seven, not including those of the BBC Arabic Service’s Gaza Bureau).

The BBC reporting from southern Israel which did take place focused mainly on what was happening there at the time. Little effort was made to ensure that audiences understood that the one million residents of southern Israel have been living under the pall of terror by missile attack for almost twelve years and how that affects a generation of children who have never known anything else.

This short film allows us to briefly hear the voices of those children and to see how some of them cope with their reality. 

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16 comments on “Ignored by the BBC: the voices of children from southern Israel

  1. 33 Palestinian children were killed by the spate of violence; no Israeli children were killed.

    BBC only shows the truth.

    • As a matter of fact, an Israeli child was killed, but the fact that there was no higher death toll among them was not for want of trying by the antisemitic and genocidal fiends of Hamas and other Islamic extremist groups: the lower death toll among Israeli children was in no small part due to the fact that Israel protects its children and other civilians by providing bomb shelters and holding bomb drills, as you well know. Israel does not use photos of its civilian casualties as propaganda trophies, as again you well know.

      • Daphne, can you give us more details about this Israeli child who, you say, was killed?

        It’s the first time I hear about this. All UN organizations and NGOs report that at least 33 children were killed (the figure is expected to rise) and no Israeli children were.

        Israeli authorities report that no Israeli children were killed and 14 were injured.

        Please clarify where you got this information from.

    • 33 Palestinian children were killed by the spate of violence; no Israeli children were killed.
      And this is the reason you are so sad together with your BBC propagandists.
      The difference that your hero comrades are hiding behind their own children while the Jews do everything to protect them.

      • This is a very Nat-like comment is it not?

        So I’ll pose the question I asked before:

        If you support the aggressive path taken by the Hamas; if you have supported – and will support – flotillas and Global marches that seek to breach law and borders. and which deliberately provoke a clash; if you turn blind eyes to the indoctrination of children into hatred and the seeking of martyrdom; if you failed to speak against the rocket attacks on southern Israel, knowing that inevitably, Israel would have no choice but to act then I really don’t think you can count yourself as blameless.

        This type of behaviour is like continually encouraging an alcoholic to drink, knowing he’s going to get in a car and drive. You may not be behind the wheel when the accident happens, but you’ve knowingly helped to cause it.

        • Pennylan, I like your analogy which is similar to the one I use about the codepency between Hamas, Western governments and useful infidels in NGOs which maintains their fix of hatred.

          Research has shown us that far too often alcoholism is maintained where there is codependency, such as the alcoholic’s family making excuses for his behaviour and giving him a free pass.

      • Peter, let’s face it, an entity which uses its own young as a disposable commodity is doomed to die out eventually.

    • So let me get this clear are you
      Sorry that so few israeli children were put in harm’s way by their parents?

      Or blind as the proverbial bat to the fact that by siting its weaponry among civilians, including near school playgrounds and in houses, Hamas makes sure that more of its children get chilled and use their deaths for propaganda purposes to dupe fools like you?

      Explain to me please why you blame Israel for taking better care of its future generations than Hamas.

      You may also find these educational too but even if not thanks for giving me the opportunity to post them

    • Hey, voice of “reason”, did you watch the YouTube video carefully? You should, because it should give you many clues as to how the Israelis care about the mental and physical health of their children (who, after all, are their future generation) and why Israel will survive and thrive and any Palestinian state which does not snap to its right mind will not:

      Did you note that in the song they tried to remain realistically cheerful and to use cognitive behavioural skills in order to quiet their panic, such deep breathing and cognitive reframing and laughter, which is a tremendous antidote to panic? Can you give us evidence that Fathi Hamad or the parents of the children who consign them to his tender mercies care a damn about whether their children are frightened?

      The key word here is resilience and Israel brings up resilient children who by and large grow into resilient adults. As for Hamas, this is the sort of abuse it dishes out to its young: How can the fact that the adults you have no choice but to depend on want you dead build resilience in them?

      http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=846

    • A culture that trains its children to hate Jews, to fight jihad, and to become suicide bombers/martyrs, a culture that uses children as human shields, and a culture that fires rockets towards children without the slightest provocation puts its children in the front line and offers them up to be killed. Talk about that and don’t try to pretend that what the BBC shows is ‘the truth’. It is part of the truth, but without context your truth does not stand up. The Israelis treat Palestinian children in their hospital and perform heart transplants for Palestinian kids. What do the Palestinians do?

  2. However prior to that, for example, we had seen a report entitled “Ashkelon bears the brunt of rockets” which featured 80% of footage from places other than Ashkelon, a report from Kiryat Malachi which failed to interview even one resident of the town and a general tendency to dedicate proportionately more air-time to images filmed in the Gaza Strip (which also had more BBC staff on the ground: seven, not including those of the BBC Arabic Service’s Gaza Bureau).

    I wonder if UK taxpayers are aware of the allocation of BBC resources to Israel and Gaza. Compared, for instance, to the allocation of BBC resources to Syria.

    Darfur.

    The Congo.

    • I’ll bet they aren’t Clap Hammer, if they care at all that is.

      They’re probably as aware of the fact that the BBC commissioned the Balen Report with their money and, probably because it showed them for the pond life they are, paid more of their money to prevent it from being published, because, they said, it was “not in the public interest.”

  3. Yeah, but it’s easy in Israel and the territories isn’t it? If you work from Israel, the beach is rarely more than an hour away and the bars, restaurants and nightlife are superb – then you write whatever you you like, regardless of how it affects your hosts.

    On the other hand, working from Gaza or the West Bank is probably slightly less comfortable, but provided you tow the Hamas or Fatah line and put out the messages they require, you are at least among friends.

    The BBC are symptomatic of the Arabists who inhabit the Foreign Office, or the liberal leftists who people the media and still believe in concept of the noble Arab, despite all the evidence to the contrary.

    • Cityca, the BBC is symptomatic of Western democracies: they cannot understand why the Governement of Israel clings to the settlements it built in Palestine in violation if international law, when all other Western nations have long renounced occupying foreign territories and their peoples.

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