BBC sidesteps Hamas terrorism and oppression in order to advance a narrative

Here’s a real tear-jerker of a story from BBC 2 ‘Newsnight‘ reporter Tim Whewell. Entitled “Unusual jobs highlight restricted choices of Gaza youth“, it appeared in the Middle East section of the BBC News website on December 11th

There is also a film version of the report, entitled “Life as a teenager on [sic] the Gaza Strip”, which appeared on the BBC’s flagship news programme ‘Newsnight‘.

Unfortunately, Whewell’s selective and stereotypical treatment of the subject matter ensures that his resulting story has all the essential ingredients of a Victorian-era novel. Noble, poverty-stricken young people are unable to pursue their dreams due to being forced into dangerous manual labour in order to support ageing, invalid parents and numerous siblings. In the background is a shady, oppressive, all-powerful entity which controls their lives and shatters their hopes and dreams from afar. One can almost hear Tim Whewell channelling his inner Isabella Banks.  

In Whewell’s story, a young man is forced – against his will – to work 12 hour shifts in Rafah’s smuggling tunnels. Highlighted in bold in the side bar are Mohammed Ismail’s words:

“Have you ever seen anyone dig their own grave? While you are digging, the tunnel might collapse. It could collapse any time and kill you.” 

Not only does Whewell fail to provide proper context regarding the smuggling tunnels of Rafah, but he also distorts the history and facts. Whewell states:

 “The smuggling tunnels have flourished since Israel imposed its blockade, assisted by Egypt, in 2007, after Hamas came to power in Gaza.”

In fact, the smuggling tunnels have been in existence since the time of the Oslo Accords, but from the beginning of the second Intifada – i.e. for a good seven years at least before the partial blockade was introduced – they were used to smuggle weapons and terror operatives into the Gaza Strip in addition to drugs and contraband. Rather than the tunnels being a product of the partial blockade, they are actually one of its causes.

Whewell continues: [emphasis added]

“Although travel restrictions for people crossing the Rafah border were eased in 2011, the shipment of goods into Gaza remains blocked. All building materials must be smuggled, since Israel fears Hamas might use them for military infrastructure.”

We have previously noted here – in light of one of Jon Donnison’s attempts to promote the same theme – that the notion that “all building materials must be smuggled” is entirely inaccurate and a clear breach of BBC Editorial Guidelines. As pointed out two months ago: 

“In practice, thousands of tons of building materials are transported into Gaza on a regular basis and in accordance with their having been designated for a particular project. Thus we see, for example, that in June 2012 alone, 1,142 truckloads of building materials and 476 truckloads of ceramics and plumbing entered the Gaza Strip. 

As well as monthly reports, COGAT also issues more detailed weekly reports and so, for example, we can see that in the week September 16th to 22nd 2012, 155 truckloads of aggregates, 27 truckloads of cement, 4 truckloads of iron and 10 truckloads of glass, aluminum and wood profiles entered the Gaza Strip – ie a total of 413 truckloads of construction materials in one week alone. 

For a detailed look at projects in the Gaza Strip between 2010 and 2012, see this comprehensive COGAT report which includes details of 17 approved housing projects, 17 approved clinic projects, 70 approved new schools and 24 school renovation projects, 37 approved water and sewage projects, 14 approved road projects and 39 approved infrastructure projects – all since 2010.” 

Whewell – conveniently for his emotions-targeted story which goes on to include the abuse of narcotic-like painkillers – makes absolutely no mention in the written version of the use of those same smuggling tunnels to flood the Gaza Strip with military-grade missiles and other weaponry which is later used by terrorist organisations for the purpose of committing the war crime of deliberately targeting Israeli civilians. In the filmed version, a brief throwaway line of narrative says “weapons of course must be smuggled too” and Whewell informs his audience in a derisory tone that “a few rockets from here have hit central Israel”. 

Neither does he bother to include in his story the aspect of Hamas control over and profit-making from those tunnels or their export functions. Only in the film version is a brief reference made to the fact that goods smuggle through the tunnels are “taxed by Hamas, providing much of the government’s revenue”. The written report fails to include even that brief sliver of information. 

Instead, Whewell frames the narrative to be absorbed by his audience to include only hapless, poverty-stricken Gazans who have no choice but to operate smuggling tunnels in order to survive the ravages of the completely unexplained – but obviously evil – partial blockade. The decision made by Hamas and other terrorist organisations to turn the Gaza Strip into a launching pad for non-stop terror activities against the civilians of a neighbouring country has no place in Whewell’s narrative because it is one in which Palestinians have no agency and no responsibility for their situation.

That same lack of context for the partial blockade continues in his second story, which feature a young woman named Madeline Kullab who works in fishing. Again, sad tales of a beleaguered Gazan fishing industry are told, with only a bizarre and unexplained reference to what Whewell euphemistically terms “gun-running” – as though the problem were a few dusty old carbine rifles.

“But the ceasefire has already brought a small benefit to Madeline. Before, Israel – afraid of gun-running – only allowed Gaza’s fishing boats to go up to three nautical miles offshore. Now, the limit has been extended to six miles.”

There is, however, another story here which Tim Whewell could have chosen to tell but did not. In what is almost an aside, Whewell makes a brief reference to Madeline Kullab’s difficulties with the Hamas authorities:

“She has been going out to sea almost every day since she was 14, despite attempts by Gaza’s police force, run by the Islamist movement Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, to stop her working in an otherwise wholly-male industry.”

Western journalists often gravitate towards the same people and stories in this region – often guided in the ‘right’ direction by their local fixers. Thus a simple internet search shows that Ms Kullab has been making headlines at least since summer 2010. 

Here is an ITN story from August 2010 and here is another one from the same month in which we learn that Madeline “has just finished her training in fashion design at Gaza’s Union of Churches”. In August 2012 Madeline Kullab was featured in a Press TV report  and a month later she was the focus of an article by Yann Renoult on the International Solidarity Movement’s French website. According to that article, it seems that the naval blockade is hardly the Kullab family’s only problem. [emphasis added and here in the original French - the link can be translated.]

“La raréfaction des ressources halieutiques, conséquence de la minuscule zone de pêche autorisée, ne lui permet de ramener beaucoup de poissons. Mais pour son père, c’est Hamas qui leur fait le plus de mal.

Au début, certains pêcheurs refusaient l’idée qu’une femme puisse être des leurs. Même si quelques uns, des amis de son père, l’ont appuyé comme des frères, d’autres refusaient son choix ou l’enviaient pour son talent. Des rumeurs nausé abondes ont été lancées sur elle. On a dit d’elle qu’elle travaillait avec des hommes n’appartenant pas à sa famille, ce qui est interdit, et pire encore. Elle s’est fait dénoncé auprès des autorités, qui ont commencé à les harceler.

Pour son père, le Hamas est un cauchemar quotidien. Insultes, intimidation, mesures coercitives et injustes… Il s’est fait arrêter plusieurs fois, et Madeline a négocier avec la police pour qu’il soit libéré. La première fois, un officier leur a dit qu’il avait un document leur interdisait d’accéder au port, à la plage et de partir en mer, tout en refusant de le leur montrer. La deuxième fois qu’ils ont arrêté son père, elle a écrit une lettre demandant sa libération et la restitution de son permis de pêche et de navigation. Elle s’est tournée vers des organisations humanitaires qui sont intervenues auprès du gouvernement, qui a fini par renvoyer l’officier de police concerné. Pour se venger, la police continue à les harceler. Elle peut maintenant partir pêcher du port de Gaza, mais pas des plages au nord de Gaza, contrôlées par la police. Mais elle a retrouvé sa licence de pêche.

Après quelques années, la famille a pu acheter un bateau à moteur, mais il a été rapidement confisqué par le Hamas qui ne le lui a jamais rendu. Elle est donc retourné à son petit bateau à fond plat. Quand elle le peut, elle emprunte ou loue le bateau d’autres pêcheurs pour ramener plus de poissons. Sa cahute de pêche a été incendiée. Le Hamas trouve moyen de lui nuire jusqu’en mer. Son père explique que pour les pêcheurs qui partent des plages, le Hamas a mis en place des couloirs de 100m ces pêcheurs peuvent travailler. Cela correspond à l’emplacement des différents îlots de cahutes sur la plage. Chaque pêcheur se voit allouer un couloir dans lequel il doit pêcher. Le Hamas a refusé de leur donner la totalité de ces 100m. Ils ont été jusqu’à retirer son filet de l’eau, parfois à le détruire.”

It seems, however, that the story of Hamas’ harassment of Ms Kullab and her father did not interest the BBC’s Tim Whewell very much. Like Hamas terrorism and Hamas weapons smuggling, that story just does not fit into the narrative he is trying to advance to his audience.

The promotion of specific politically-inspired narratives through the blatantly selective use of information and the advancement of stereotypes can never meet the standards required of the BBC on accuracy and impartiality and that should clearly be a cause for concern to Tim Whewell’s editors.

But no less disturbing to them should be the fact that a campaigning organization such as the ISM – the whole raison d’etre of which is to discredit, defame and destroy Israel – is capable of being more open and honest about Hamas oppression of women than the BBC. 

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37 comments on “BBC sidesteps Hamas terrorism and oppression in order to advance a narrative

  1. The BBC are really in a Hamas/Gaza promotion mode following the glorious arrival of their Hamas leader hero, even more than their usual hype and distortions.

    Newsnight last night also ran a piece about the poor Gazans, (hat-tip – fidoo) with Paxman’s almost tearful introduction setting the stage for pure unadulterated lies, deceit and propaganda.
    The link to the programme available for the next 6 days is here http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01pdy3f/Newsnight_10_12_2012/ and the related segment starts at 30 minutes into the programme.

    Clearly in a voice intended to make the viewer feel pity and shame for the ‘poor Palestinian’

    “… Human needs, emotional as much as material. Nowhere on earth perhaps matches Gaza, the sliver of land on the Mediterranean coast left to the Palestinians when Israel was created. Nowhere matches it for density of despair. The Palestinians have now achieved a degree of recognition by the UN, much to Israel’s fury, and Gazans have just emerged from a very one-sided conflict with their neighbour

    So his spin is that because of Israel’s fury with the Palestinian recognition by the UN, they took it out on the poor ‘sliver of land’ Palestinians. No explanation why the supposed ‘fury’ by Israel, or attempt to give a clearer and real picture of events. He clearly feels his narrative is worth the distortion and deceit.

    As for ‘density of despair’, perhaps he should try living with the Christians in any of the ‘Arab Spring’ nations that the BBC has been trying to promote as ‘democracy in action’.

    • Did Ms Sela skip math classes in primary school?

      “September 16th to 22nd 2012, 155 truckloads of aggregates, 27 truckloads of cement, 4 truckloads of iron and 10 truckloads of glass, aluminum and wood profiles entered the Gaza Strip – ie a total of 413 truckloads of construction materials in one week alone.”

      Errrr… 155 + 27 + 4 + 10 = 196, not “413”.

      The difference between Mr Whevell and Ms Sela? He is a journalist who reports on facts, he does not imagine things.

      • “poverty-stricken Gazans who have no choice but to operate smuggling tunnels in order to survive the ravages of the blockade”

        At last, Ms Sela accurately describes Gaza, which has been poverty-stricken since the beginning of the Israeli blockade.

      • So basically COGAT is allowing only 196 trucks of construction material per week in Gaza, an enclave where more than 1.6 million people live under blockade?

        Had Ms Sela done her research, she would have realized that this quantity is derisory compared to the needs of families living in the Gaza Strip.

        • The promotion of specific politically-inspired narratives through the blatantly selective use of information and the advancement of stereotypes on this website can never meet the standards expected for journalists. This is all the more disturbing in a country like Israel, which has a long history of excellence in journalism and media.

          • Palestinian children are forced to work in dangerous tunnels to make a living because their families have lived in poverty in the coastal enclave since the beginning of the Israeli blockade. I cannot understand how Ms Sela can be so cold-hearted to these children. It’s disturbing.

          • I can only encourage Ms Sela to do some research on the Gaza blockade. This will help her realize that the number of trucks allowed into the coastal enclave by COGAT does not meet the needs of the population.

            Israeli NGO Gisha has very detailed information which can help Ms Sela write her next article:

            http://www.gisha.org/

          • @Nat: Israel has been subjected to rocket fire from the Gaza region for 12 years now (~ year 2000). Despite this, at this time many Gazans had permits to work in Israel, where wages were far better than the local ones. In 2005, under the premise of ‘Land for Peace’, the Israeli Govt. evacuated all Israelis living in Gaza, leaving it to the Palestinians to make what they would of the region. Several wealthy US Jews even provided funding to ensure that these Israelis would leave behind them, as a legacy to the Palestinians to help them start some kind of productive business and begin to support themselves from within the region, a number of state-of-the-art hydroponic hot-houses, for year-round growing of produce. Within days of their vacating Gaza, the Palestinians had smashed these hot houses to smithereens. Rocket fire from Gaza into Israel continued, but nevertheless, many Gazans continued to be employed within Israel, making the crossing every working day. In 2007, the first elections were held in Gaza. Hamas won these elections. Not long after taking power Hamas began a program of eliminating the possibility of any further political opposition to them within the region, largely by the simple expedient of pushing many of their political rivals from the top of tall buildings, and maiming others. This policy of intimidation and maimimg of those considered to show dissent from the Hamas political view continues to this day. Not surprisingly, there is little vocal opposition to Hamas in Gaza these days, and virtually no chance of another election.
            After Hamas took power, despite the ‘occupation’ of Gaza no longer existing, the frequency of the rocket attacks from Gaza increased, as with no Israeli presence, Hamas had a free hand to build and smuggle in rockets and install launchers. It was only then, in 2007, that Israel put the blockade in place, to prevent the smugglong of weapons into Gaza. The UN has declared this blockade legal.
            Unfortunately, one effect of this blockade has been to prevent any Gazans working in Israel. Isral supplies water, electricisy and advanced medical services to Gazans, none of which are actually paid for by Gazans.
            Rocket fire has largely continues unabated since 20078 – in fact the frequency ond range of attack has increased dramatically over this time. If the blockade is causing the hardship you described to Gaza’s residents, and in particular to their poor wee children, all Hamas needs to do is to stop the rocket fire permanently, and stop smuggling in more weapons, so tthe blockade can be fully lifted,and the Gazans can get on with creating a proper economy to bring prosperity to the region. From Mr Meshaal’s speech this week, and the fact that Iranian ships are already docked again in Sudanese ports, I tthink we both know that, from the Hamas side, the likelyhood of that happening is zilch, and as soon as they have picked themselves up and dusted themselves down, thay’ll do their damnedest to re-arm and continue. So who exactly is responsible for, and now also perpetuating, the purported misery of the Gazans?

        • @Nat: According to the graphical data reported on the ‘Gisha’ website to which you linked below, between June and November this year, COGAT transfrred an average of 368 trucks per week (not 196)of building materials into Gaza (Note: only of materials of the three categories reported in the graph: there may be other categories transferred too, as the COGAT figures are slightly higher. Also, for mathematical simplicity I have used a 4 week period as one month).
          As we know, the transfer of building materials into Gaza is performed on an ‘as required’ basis, with proposed building projects and a breakdown of materials required being forwarded for review before the required materials are then transported into Gaza. So, how do you know that 368 truckloads of aggregates, stteel and concrete are insufficient to meet Gaza’s legitimate building needs fo rthe last 5 months? Do you have access to these building plans too? Are you a qualified Quantity Surveyor?
          Does it occur to you that, if Hamas used less of their purportedly meagre supplies of such materials for building smuggling tunnels and underground rocket launching sites (which are unsurprisingly not accounted for by Israel in calculating the building material needs of the region), they might just have a bit more to put towards the legitimate civil projects they apparently so desperately need? After all, over the last two years, they have found sufficient materials to have already built several luxury facilities such as at least 3 five-star hotels, 2 water parks, and a quite a few mansions for their key operatives, so surely, as a responsible government, they must have prioritised and executed the region’s more basic and necessary humanitarian building projects first?

          • Calarification: my question to Nat should read how do you know that 368 truckloads PER WEEK of aggregates, steel and concrete were insufficient to meet Gaza’s legitimate building needs for the last 5 months?

          • That’s interesting Yorkie… you came to the conclusion that Ms Sela’s figures of “413 trucks” is not genuine.

          • Besides, I’m a bit surprised to see that Ms Sela only refers to COGAT’s data, without consulting other trusted sources of information such as the UN or international NGOs, who all say that the trucks allowed into Gaza are insufficient to answer the urgent needs of families, especially in comparison of the number of trucks allowd into Gaza before it unilaterally imposed a blockade.

          • @Nat: Ms Sela’s figure of 413 trucks for that particular week in June may well be absolutely correct -unfortunately the link she provided to her source does not work for me so I can’t check her source to see if she made a transcription error at this time, although I understand the figures she quoted came from COGAT. However, it’s almost certainly in the right ball park, as it’s not a mile off the average truckload number of 368 that I calculated from the Gesha info., and also, COGAT figures for shipped quantities of general building materials are generally a little bigger than Gesha ones, (I think they do largely agree overall, but they’re just reported a little differently: I think COGAT ones include other material categories besides aggregate, steel and concrete, but only these categories are reported by Gesha).
            However, what is less credible, based on the information from either site, is the 196 truckload claim that you made in your own talkback. From the Gesha data, the monthly total for June was 1110 trucks, which averages 277 per week. Evern in November, when Hamas targetted the Kerem crossing twice during the week on Pillar of Cloud, thus forcing the crossing to close, the weekly average (based on Gesha’s worst-case figures) was 333 truckloads.

            Sorry about the typing: the device I’m using only enables me to see 39 characters of my response at any one time.

          • Nat: So no, in answer to your question, I didn’t come to the conclusion that Ms Sela’s figures were necessarily wrong, but that yours almost definitly are. But more importantly, I came to the conclusion that you’re a Troll and a Pratt.

          • It seems as though the world is in full agreement with your summation of Nat Yorkie. Just as I was reading your post where you told him he was a pratt, a question being asked on Breakaway concerned the real name of Boris Karloff, which ends in PRATT. They said the name on TV (BBC2 of all places) just as I read your epithet for him. I would have agreed with you anyway ;)

            You’ve certainly given him/them (the trolls – including the one with pratt aptly in his name) very comprehensive facts about their misinformation. Strange that according to Nat ‘…This is probably why the BBC is so famous and highly respected the world over: they do their research before publishing or broadcasting a story.’ that he would not have known all this before – if his belief were true.

            But as most of us know – it’s not – and that’s why we visit the site and correct the propaganda, or misinformation that Nat and his ilk are so willing to suck up.

            If you ask me whether any of them will amend their previous thoughts or emotions after what you enlightened them about, well I’d like to be wrong but I’m pretty sure it won’t. They are either so brainwashed by the BBC that they are unable to think for themselves, or have an agenda to maintain the BBC spin exactly as it is.

            Either way they’re ignorant and stupid, although they will think they’re smart!

            Excellent job though Yorkie for those who really want to know the facts :)

          • I don’t know what Gnat is on about. The figures given by the website Hadar linked to is as follows
            COORDINATION OF GOVERNMENT ACTIVITIES IN THE TERRITORIES
            Monthly Report for June 2012
            Crossings’ Activity
            During this month, truckloads (tons) were delivered into the Gaza
            strip through Kerem Shalom Crossing, including:
            1,314 truckloads of Food.
            122 truckloads of Cloths and Footwear.
            70 truckloads of Inputs for Agriculture.
            1,142 truckloads of Construction Materials.
            195 truckloads of Electric Products.
            476 truckloads of Ceramics and Plumbing.
            The transfer of Cooking Gas continued throughout the month, overall,
            2,318 tons of cooking gas were transferred into the Gaza Strip

            Now let’s see, what did Gaza send to Israel in that same period.

            In June, according to the Israel Security Agency’s monthly summary, Palestinians launched 83 rockets and 11 mortar shells, 3 shooting at Israel in 99 separate attacks. Also had been reported that Two were killed and seven were injured,[188]

            June 1
            Palestinians fired two rockets into Israel, causing no injuries or damage. The attack followed a separate incident in which Palestinian fighter Ahmed Nassir infiltrated Israel and opened fire on soldiers, leading to his own death and that of Golani Brigade St.-Sgt. Netanel Moshiashvili (21). Israel responded with air strikes on terror facilities associated with Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, killing one militant and wounding two others.[189][190][191][192]

            June 3
            Palestinians fired a Qassam rocket into the Eshkol Regional Council, causing no injuries or damage.[193]

            June 5
            Palestinians fired a mortar shell into the Eshkol Regional Council, causing no injuries or damage.[194]

            June 16
            Main article: Rocket attacks on Eilat and Aqaba#June 16, 2012

            A 122 mm Grad missile launched from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula or Jordan exploded near Uvda in the southern Arava region.[195][196]

            June 17
            Palestinians fired rockets into Israel. Israel responded the following day with air strikes on a weapons manufacturing facility in the southern Gaza Strip and a terror activity site in the central Gaza Strip.[197] Also Israeli aircraft attacked a motorbike in the northern Gaza Strip, killing two Islamic Jihad operatives who were behind a series of recent sniper attacks along the Gaza border.[198] An Israeli civilian, Said Fashapshe, 35, of Haifa, had been killed in by terrorists in the clashes.[199] Additional Israeli airstrikes killed other two Palestinians.[200]

            June 19
            Ten Grad rockets and over 30 Qassam rockets were fired into Israel, some by Hamas. Four people were injured by shrapnel during one of the attacks.[201][202]

            June 20
            An estimated 65 rockets were fired into southern Israel. One of the rockets directly hit a home in the Sdot Negev Regional Council.[203][204]

            June 21
            Seven rockets were launched into the Eshkol Regional Council And Ashkelon.[205]

            June 22
            Two Qassam rockets fired from the northern Gaza Strip exploded in the Eshkol Regional Council. No injuries or damage were reported.[206]

            June 23
            More than 20 rockets were fired into Israel. A 50-year-old resident of Netivot was wounded when a Qassam rocket directly hit a factory in the Sderot industrial zone. He received shrapnel wounds in his neck and was transported to Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon.[207][208][209]

            June 25
            Despite a truce, two mortar shells were launched from Gaza into Israel.[210] landing in the Eshkol Regional Council.

            June 26
            Palestinians fired four rockets into Israel, of which two were intercepted by the Iron Dome system.[211] A chicken coop was damaged.[212]

            No doubt one of the trolls will tell us how unfair Israel is for some twisted way of looking at it.
            Now let’s see, what does history show us that nations did when confronted by a similar provocation like Israel?

    • This BBC NewsNight piece is such a beautiful, touching, inspiring story.

      I cannot understand why Ms Sela seems unable to open her heart to the suffering of these children.

      • Words like ‘beautiful, touching, inspiring’ seem to turn to shit when expressed by you.
        Pity Palestinians don’t love their children more than they hate Israel’s. Funny how such a ‘caring’ individual, as you pretend to be, hasn’t expressed outrage at how they are willing to risk the lives of their children firing rockets in built up areas, and using them as human shields. Teaching them to hate, and glorifying martyrdom. Tell us again you sick piece of s**t how much you really care.

    • Another matter which ‘BBC Watch” did not investigate: why have Gazans lived in poverty since Israel unilaterally imposed a blockade six years ago?

      This is probably why the BBC is so famous and highly respected the world over: they do their research before publishing or broadcasting a story.

          • It wasn’t open from 2007 onwards, until recently, when Mubarak was struggling to keep power and the M/B took over in Egypt. As far as I’m aware, even then, it’s only been fully open since Pillar of Cloud finished less than a month ago, largely because Gazan terrorists have caused multiple explosions, killed several Egyptian soldiers, and generally made a nuisance of themselves in Sinai, too.
            You see, the Arab world talks lots about solidarity with the Palestinians, but few of them really want too much to do with them, because of the trouble they always seem to cause.

          • And Israel is not occupying Gaza at all: There is a distinct legal difference between an occupation and a blockade. I’d say, why don’t you look this up, but even if you did, your apparently poor comprehensive skills would probably render it a waste of time.

      • I sthat the same poverty which sees Gaza with the 8th worst obesity rate in the world?

        Perhaps a fascist Islamist racist government in the guise of Hamas has something to do with it.

      • The blockade was imposed after Hamas, a genocidal, racist terror organization grabbed power by throwing Fatah members from the rooftops.

  2. I watched the first part of this excruciating piece of emotional manipulation by Newsnight. It was not really possible to stomach much more than about 5 minutes.

    Now we find that it was BBC lies from start to finish, and the picture it presented was so distorted as to be an unrecognisable travesty of the truth. No wonder the BBC’s reputation is in the toilet.

    • Andy, I cannot understand why you refuse to open your heart like this.

      This BBC newsNight story is remarkable. It paints a realistic picture of life for adolescents who’ve lived several years of their young lives under Israel’s blockade.

      That you feel embarassed at watching the consequences of this blockade I can understand. But I cannot understand why you are unable to understand the suffering of these adolescents and their yearning for freedom and peace.

      • Pity Palestinians don’t love their children more than they hate Israel’s. Funny how such a ‘caring’ individual, as you pretend to be, hasn’t expressed outrage at how they are willing to risk the lives of their children firing rockets in built up areas, and using them as human shields. Teaching them to hate, and glorifying martyrdom. Tell us again you sick piece of s**t how much you really care.

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