What Jon Donnison did not report about the Hamas rally in Nablus

On December 13th 2012 a rally was held in Schem (Nablus) in the Palestinian Authority-controlled territories by the Hamas movement to celebrate its 25th anniversary. The following day another similar rally was held in Hebron. 

The BBC’s Jon Donnison reported from the rally in Schem and his article, together with a short video, appeared in the Middle East section of the BBC News website and apparently also on BBC television news.

The events of Friday December 14th were also reported on the Middle East page of the BBC News website. 

Technically, there may appear to be little to criticise either in Donnison’s report from Schem or the one from Hebron.

Donnison correctly points out that the rally suggests that “ties are improving” between the Fatah-dominated PA and Hamas, although he is more than a little coy about Hamas’ violent take-over of the Gaza Strip in 2007.

“A rift developed between the PA’s Fatah party and Hamas after the Islamist movement won legislative elections in 2006 and came to power in Gaza a year later.”

His actual description of the event is brief:

“In Thursday’s rally, thousands of Hamas supporters took to the streets in Nablus, in the north of the territory, carrying banners reading “Hamas, you are the gun and we are the ammunition”, AFP news agency reports.

Fatah leader Amin Makboul praised Hamas for its “steadfastness” in the latest clashes with Israel.

“[The] victory in Gaza was a big victory for all Palestinian people,” he said at the Nablus rally.”

Similarly, the report from Hebron also stresses the reconciliation aspect of the rally held there.

“Hamas and the rival Fatah faction, which dominates the PA, have made conciliatory gestures towards each other since the end of last month’s Israeli offensive on Gaza, which Israel said it launched to stop rocket-fire.

“Hamas steadfastness and victory in Gaza was a big victory for all Palestinian people,” Amin Makboul, a Fatah leader, said in a speech at Thursday’s rally in Nablus.

A rift developed between the two groups after Hamas won legislative elections in 2006 and came to power in Gaza a year later. Repeated attempts at reconciliation have so far failed.”

But do these BBC reports – muted, but technically correct in as far as they go – tell the whole story behind those two very significant rallies? Do they really contribute towards increasing the understanding of BBC audiences with regard to the current wave of Hamas popularity in Palestinian society or the implications of any Hamas/Fatah ‘reconciliation’ for the region as a whole and the ‘peace process’ in particular? Do these BBC reports do anything to inform audiences worldwide why Israelis might view a Hamas renaissance in areas other than the Gaza Strip with something less than enthusiasm?

Another reporter was in Schem and Hebron on those particular days too. His name is Ohad Hemo and he works for Israel’s Channel 2 television station. Unlike the BBC’s correspondents in the region, he speaks fluent Arabic and this is his report of December 14th 2012.

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30 comments on “What Jon Donnison did not report about the Hamas rally in Nablus

    • There’s no way the BBC could have report edfrom Schem, a city which existed some 2000 years ago. They’re journalists, not time travellers. They reported from Nablus, a city located in the state of Palestine.

      • Shoshana = Rose

        As I said elsewhere – a ‘rose’ by any other name…
        In this case it’s ‘by their stink shall ye know them’.

        Since you acknowledge that at least Schem or Shechem did exist, and now you know ‘the State of Palestine never did, you’ve kinda screwed a lot of your arguments as to who has any moral or real right to the land.

        • The state of Palestine was officially recognized as a state by more or less the entire international community on 29 November. Palestine is now a non-member state sitting at the United Nation and has ambassadors in nearly all the countries in the world.

          • Still copying and pasting, eh, “Nat”?
            It got your other moniker banned, this incarnation is next.
            You better watch it, spammer.

          • ?

            This is a public forum, where people come to debate peacefully and with respect for everyone.

            If you don’t agree with this, please go somewhere else.

          • Dear Commentary, this is a public forum, where people come to debate peacefully and with respect for everyone.

            If you don’t agree with this, please go post somewhere else.

          • This is not a “public forum” for your trolling, moron.
            Now, scurry away “Nat”, preferably, back under your rock.
            Ans stop copying and pasting — it’s as if you’re even trying! (And you even get paid, hence).

        • Dear Teddy, this is a public forum, where everyone is welcome – provided you show respect to other people, even if they don’t agree with you.

          If you disagree with this basic rule, please go somewhere else.

          • Nat (shpshana) seems to think that everyone has to agree with his sexually confused self. Much like his stupid argument that you have to be a journalist to critique the media.

          • Dear Adam, why are you agressive?

            This is a public forum, where people come to debate peacefully and with respect for everyone.

            If you don’t agree with this, please go post somewhere else.

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  2. From what I can see, the arabs invaded the land known as Palestine in the 7th. Century or thereabouts and have been trying to justify their presence there ever since. If any people have been disenfranchised of their land, I’d say it’s the Jews.

  3. “….Do they really contribute towards increasing the understanding of BBC audiences with regard to the current wave of Hamas popularity in Palestinian society or the implications of any Hamas/Fatah ‘reconciliation’ for the region as a whole and the ‘peace process’ in particular?…”

    In my view, the implications extend beyond the region. We are no longer looking at a jihad that affects just the ME. Security services worldwide have to be vigilant because the threats are ever present. Outcomes that assist Hamas appear to be ideological victories, and I would suggest this has psychological and motivational effects on all movements that believe it is incumbent upon them to wage jihad in the name of Allah.

    • Over 20120 deadly terrorist attacks worldwide since 9/11, as reported by TheReligionOfPeace.com website, would suggest you’re right.

      The fact that the BBC not only fail to highlight this, but most of the time omit reporting these incidents altogether, shows their pro-militant Islam agenda. I am not insinuating that the BBC supports their goals, but they prefer to appease them by helping them better achieve them.

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