Spot the gratuitous sentence in a BBC report on Syria

BBC report from December 21st, entitled “Palestinian refugees return to Syrian camp” relates to some of the people who left the Yarmouk camp (actually a suburb of Damascus) for Lebanon as a result of the fighting there between pro-Assad Palestinians from Ahmed Jibril’s PFLP-GC (together with other factions such as the DFLP and PFLP) and the Free Syrian Army-aligned Palestinians of the Liwa al Asifa (Storm Brigade). 

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In an otherwise reasonable report in which BBC Arabic’s correspondent in Lebanon Carine Torbey did not shy away from mentioning the subjects of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon being denied basic rights and the presence of armed militias in the refugee camps, there is nevertheless one completely gratuitous sentence allowed to stand.

At 00:40 in the report Torbey’s interviewee says: [emphasis added]

“We left with nothing. It was like 1948 when Palestinians were forced to flee their homes. We walked for more than an hour. There were no cars. We knew that if we stayed, no-one would survive. And we were right: look at the camp now.”

Did the editor of the footage really think that context-free sentence contributed to the audience’s understanding of a story about people caught up in fighting between opposing Palestinian factions in Syria’s civil war? 

13 comments on “Spot the gratuitous sentence in a BBC report on Syria

  1. Pingback: Spot the gratuitous sentence in a BBC report on Syria | Blogs about Israel aggregation

    • I believe “Nat” has rejoined us, in a less charitable form, though.
      I see his contact with RichA below has yielded a very fruitful, sockpuppet-brimming, cooperation.
      Are you paid now for your “services”?
      Who’s signing your cheques?

    • It was a gratuitous piece of propaganda by the Arab concerned as he was not there in 1948 and so is only regurgitating the stuff he has been told to explain away the poor decision making of his forebears.

  2. I think the problem here is that Hadar is under pressure to come up with an uninterrupted stream of BBC outrages and since there just isn’t enough to meet the daily quota we get a whole heap of bottom of the barrel scraping trivia.

    • I think the problem is that there aren’t enough JC blogs for riharmbach/RZ/RRZ etc to come up with an uninterrupted stream of sockpuppeting trolling and since there aren’t enough to meet his daily quota we get a whole heap of his bottom scraping crapology over here.

      • Now now ” Jose ” since we last met I have become a growed up and put aside childish things such as bickering with you. And I certainly wouldn’t be complicit in your turning Hadar’s blog into the same kind of zoo that you turned the JC blogs and Richard’s blog into. How is Richard’s headache btw ?

        I wrote about you yesterday did you take a look ?

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