BBC report on renewed rocket fire from Gaza Strip

On the morning of Tuesday, February 26th 2013 an M75 missile was fired from the southern Gaza Strip at the town of Ashkelon, violating the ceasefire which brought Operation Pillar of Cloud to an end in November of last year. Fortunately, no injuries were sustained. 

The BBC’s report on the subject appeared in the Middle East section of its BBC News website. 

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Contrary to the statement made in the BBC article (and still not corrected 24 hours later), the missile fire was claimed by the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and declared to be in response to the “murder” – as they called it – of Arafat Jaradat, adding

“We must resist our enemy by all available means,” the group said in a statement emailed to reporters. “We stress our commitment to armed struggle against the Zionist enemy.”

Our friends over at The Commentator have some interesting observations regarding the linkage suggested in this short article between the rocket fire and the ongoing riots in Judea and Samaria which – contrary to the statement in this article – did not ‘break out’ “at the weekend after a Palestinian man died in Israeli custody”, but are an escalation of a chain of violent incidents in that area over the past few months. 

Note too the report’s final paragraph:

“Although levels of cross-border violence have dropped sharply since the conflict, two Palestinians have been shot dead close to the border, where Israel maintains a buffer zone which civilians are forbidden to enter.”

This description whitewashes the fact that since the November ceasefire, there have been repeated attempts by Palestinians from Gaza to damage and breach the border fence (mostly unreported by the BBC), instead implying that Israel shoots Gazans simply because they happen to be in the wrong location.

The incidents referred to in that distorted paragraph are this one and this one

The BBC article also fails to point out that the M75 missile was developed by Hamas and is produced in the Gaza Strip, suggesting some degree of Hamas involvement in the incident. 


8 comments on “BBC report on renewed rocket fire from Gaza Strip

  1. Are we to accept, as per the BBC’s own guidelines that every report cannot give a history lesson, that the reader/viewer will know why the dead man was in prison in the first instance and then be able to link that up to the fact that the increasing Arab violence and attacks on Israelis which led to his arrest for taking part in those actions is fast reaching rocket attack proportions on Israel from Gaza, hence a cease fire that hasnt really ceased the fire? It doesn’t take a genius to give some facts in one sentence that will ensure that the reader/viewer at least is on the right track to seek more information. The BBC is forever reporting in a way that gives false impressions. This cannot only be because they employ substandard journalists. The conclusion any informed thinking person must arrive at is that the BBC has a policy to misinform when it comes to Israel. After all, the proof is in the reading/viewing.

    • You are right Sharon. In addition, in the article about Northern Ireland, local citizens were interviewed about their shock and distress. I see no such interviews of citizens of Ashkelon here.

      The use of language, as well as the choice of information to include and omit, as also interesting. In this article, passive language is used – the rocket seems to have “fired”, “landed” and “caused some damage” all by itself. “Militants” in Gaza apparently did not claim responsibility.

      In the article on Northern Ireland examined on this blog, despite the fact that no particular group, it seems has “claimed responsibility”, the rocket found was clearly ascribed to “dissdent republican terrorism”.

      Double standards? Surely not.

    • Perhaps you are unaware that since late November 2012 Israel has committed at least 108 cease-fire violations involving death and injury. So in one sense you are right,the word “cease-fire” is a misnomer but,only because any agreement with the Israelis is not worth the paper it’s written on. Interestingly hardly any of those 108 violations were deemed newsworthy by the antisemitic Western press.

      • Sorry?!?! Israel has violated the ceasefire?!?! You need to take the cotton-wool out of your ears. When Arabs from Gaza launch rockets at Israel and Israel responds that is not Israel breaking the ceasefire. When so Arabs from Gaza framing themselves as “farmers” violate the ceasefire line and Israel takes action to stop them, that is not Israel breaking the ceasefire. Its a shame that seemingly intelligent people swallow propaganda as though its the best wine in France. The headache int he morning will reveal the truth. This Red-Green Alliance propaganda will be outed and then your head will hang in shame.

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