BBC ignores executions in Gaza Strip

As we know, the BBC Jerusalem Bureau’s Yolande Knell was very busy last Saturday in Gaza preparing no fewer than four reports on the subject of a TV talent show. Obviously, that pressing task prevented her from getting round to informing BBC audiences of the fact that on the same day the ruling Hamas terrorist organization executed two men by hanging for ‘collaboration’. 

“The Hamas-run minister of interior said that the two men, who were not identified by name, were executed by hanging after a “military court” in the Gaza Strip found them guilty of “collaboration with Israeli occupation.”

A statement released by the ministry said that the executions were carried out “in accordance with our religion and the Palestinian law.” “

There is of course a problem with that last claim because according to Palestinian law, all death penalties must be approved by the PA President before they are carried out. 

“The attorney-general in the Gaza Strip, Ismail Jaber,[….] dismissed criticism that the executions were being carried out in violation of Palestinian law because they had not been approved by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

“There is no real president of the Palestinian Authority,” Jaber said. “There is only a nominal president. The Palestinian government in the Gaza Strip is the legitimate government and it seeks to look after the people’s security.” “

One might have thought that it would be important for the BBC to inform its audiences around the world of the fact that 1.6 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are being forcefully subjected to a separate ‘make it up as you go along’ theocracy-based legal system which acts in contravention of the laws adopted by their internationally recognized representatives.

But apparently the BBC thought that a reality show was much more newsworthy. 

11 comments on “BBC ignores executions in Gaza Strip

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  2. are being forcefully subjected to a separate ‘make it up as you go along’ theocracy-based legal system which acts in contravention of the laws adopted by their internationally recognized representatives.

    At least 50% of Gaza’s residents have only themselves to blame for that. While sympathizing with those that didn’t vote for Hamas, it is the same situation all over the Muslim world. Including Turkey and Syria.

    But the BBC is anything but ‘nuanced’.

  3. This is precisely what makes BBC news a propaganda outfit: the minimising or ignoring of news that doesn’t suit its agenda while shouting from the rooftops the news that does.

      • Yes, great work if you can get it. All one needs to do is follow the PeeCee route marked out years ago by blinkered BBC bigots.

  4. The Guardian also waxed lyrical about the “Arab Idol.” I’d put money I don’t have on them also ignoring the executions.

  5. I used to oppose the death penalty and I still have reservations about it in the US, but in Israel, I fully support re-instituting it.

    Rest assured, that would take precedence for people like Knell over a reality show.

  6. Not only are the executions barbaric and illegal, they are for a fictitious crime. There can be no “collaboration with the Israeli occupation” since Israel has not occupied Gaza since 2005. You would have thought the BBC had caught up with this by now.

  7. Last night there was quite a moving report towards the end of Newsnight about four people who had arrived in the UK as children on the Kindertransport, following Kristallnacht. Their stories were told simply and engagingly.
    Suddenly, on came the announcement: “Gridlock and fireworks in Gaza!”
    “The reason? A new hero has emerged!”
    “ The first Palestinian to take the prize!”
    Cue film of celebrations in Gaza intercut with clips of our emotional hero performing in the final of Arab Idol.

    • Interesting, sue.

      Could be the takeover of the BBC by the anti-Israel/anti-Semitic crew has reached a new phase. Last night the Arab Idol thing was already quite old news. Is Newsnight really the correct format for waxing hysterical about a Palestinian success?

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