BBC films Hamas human shields policy in action: fails to explain to audiences

Yolande Knell’s filmed report from July 15th was broadcast on BBC television news programmes as well as being posted on the BBC News website’s Middle East page under the title “Palestinians reject Gaza ceasefire proposal“.

That report includes some interesting items, one of which is the image below which clearly shows missiles being fired by terrorists from built-up residential areas in the Gaza Strip.

Knell report 15 7 pic missiles being fired

Knell fails to inform viewers that both the storage of missiles and the launching of such attacks from a residential area contravene international conventions.

Article 58: ” The Parties to the conflict shall, to the maximum extent feasible:

(a)…endeavor to remove the civilian population, individual civilians and civilian objects under their control from the vicinity of military objectives; 
(b) Avoid locating military objectives within or near densely populated areas.”

In addition, Knell tells viewers: [emphasis added]Knell report 15 7 ceasefire

“But overnight, diplomatic efforts to end the two-way violence gathered pace. This was an Arab League meeting in Cairo. Egypt – a key player – set a time for a ceasefire and offered to mediate a longer-term deal. Israel accepted the offer but the main Palestinian factions in Gaza did not.

We’re here at the main hospital in Gaza City. This is one of the few locations where Hamas officials feel they’re safe enough from a possible Israeli attack to come out and speak to the media. Already they’ve told us that they reject Egypt’s proposed ceasefire deal.”

The report then cuts to an interview with Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri.

The main hospital in Gaza City is of course Shifa hospital, from which both Knell and Jeremy Bowen have reported in recent days. The fact that the Hamas leadership is once again hiding in Shifa hospital because it knows that Israel will not strike a hospital means that both patients and medical personnel are being used as human shields, but Knell fails to point that fact out to viewers.

 Article 12(4): “Under no circumstances shall medical units be used in an attempt to shield military objectives from attack. Whenever possible, the Parties to the conflict shall ensure that medical units are so sited that attacks against military objectives do not imperil their safety.”

Whilst the BBC has been very trigger-happy with its amplification of unproven Palestinian accusations of Israeli wrongdoing (see some examples here, here and here), it has been remarkably and uniformly consistent in its failure to provide any explanation to audiences regarding the Hamas policy of using the civilian population of Gaza as human shields – even when it observes and films that policy in action itself.  

9 comments on “BBC films Hamas human shields policy in action: fails to explain to audiences

  1. The reason why these european medias keep lying is to make pressures on Israel because the latter SUBMITS to pressures whereas arabs do not. If Israel had a PM who does not submit to pressures,no one would put pressures on Israel. Unfortunately Israel’s PM does not care for Israel he only cares for himself ie listen to left wing voters and his cowardice. As long as netanyahou will be the PM pressures will remain. However you do a great job exposing them.

  2. Meanwhile, as the prophet Duvidl prophesied in his July 15 comment, Britain is beginning to drown in paedophilia scandals and cover-ups, with the arrest today of 660 suspected paedophiles. How many, Duvidl wonders, have links to the corrupt BBC?

    “Duvid Crockett, King of DeLancey Street,/Home of gefilte fish and kosher meat
    JULY 15, 2014 @ 4:08 AM
    The government has announced an investigation into Parliamentary paedophilia and corrupt BBC-permitted paedophilia in the late Sir Jimmy Savile’s BBC TV Centre paedo-caravan for fifty years.

    Any investigation results would be likely to help to close down the BBC altogether, but yesterday the Home Secretary’s announced head investigator, retired judge Baroness Butler-Sloss, resigned before she had even started work because her late brother and former Attorney General might have been involved in covering up Paliamentary paedophilia in the 1980s. Several further BBC paedophilia court cases are also in the offing.

    Britain is beginning to drown in institutional paedophilia scandals and cover-ups. Unless the government gets a grip before next year’s general election, the world will start to measure Britain’s decline against the length of time it takes to conclude this investigation and clean out the Augean stables of BBC paedophiles.”

  3. So Hamas is using hospitals in Gaza for bunkers.

    The Geneva Convention has something to say about that.
    Art. 19. The protection to which civilian hospitals are entitled shall not cease unless they are used to commit, outside their humanitarian duties, acts harmful to the enemy.

    That hospital is now a legitimate target

  4. Is Robert Davis a troll? Anyone know what he is whining about? There has always been international pressure, including on B.G.

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