Why doesn’t the BBC tell audiences about Gaza’s shortfall missiles?

On the evening of July 15th the BBC’s Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen sat on a roof in Gaza and witnessed just one of the many instances (around 10 -15%) in which missiles fired by terrorist organisations in the Gaza Strip fall short of their target and land inside the territory.

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The IDF informs us that since the start of Operation Protective Edge, some 100 missiles fired by terrorist groups have fallen short, landing inside the Gaza Strip.

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As recently as June 24th a three year-old girl was killed and other members of her family injured when a shortfall missile fired by terrorists hit their home in Beit Lahiya. That incident (along with others) was not reported by the BBC at the time.

The BBC does however know from previous experience that misfired and shortfall missiles cause the deaths of civilians in the Gaza Strip.

Despite that, in all the BBC’s extensive reporting of Operation Protective Edge that we have seen so far, no attempt has been made to inform BBC audiences of the factor of shortfall missiles and to clarify to them that the casualty figures it quotes will – according to the source of its figures – include civilian deaths caused by missiles fired by terrorist organisations in the Gaza Strip.

Neither has the BBC told its audiences about the interest of Hamas (including of course its health ministry, which the BBC regularly quotes on the issue of casualty figures) in promoting as many civilian casualties as possible to the watching world, as chillingly demonstrated in this July 13th Al Aqsa TV interview with Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri.  



5 comments on “Why doesn’t the BBC tell audiences about Gaza’s shortfall missiles?

  1. Meanwhile, Duvidl has been reading that the US is doubling its funding for Israel’s magnificent life-saving missile defence systems, including the wonderful Iron Dome, which has saved countless Israeli lives and continues to do so.


    Duvidl remembers BBC defence correspondent Jonathan Marcus’s Isra-hate propagandist attempts to devalue Iron Dome’s efficacy below the line on BBC Watch, and repeatedly on the BBC.


    Duvidl now wonders whether Jonathan might be better employed working for UNWRA Isra-hate propagandist Chris Gunness, whose suspension Israel’s UN ambassador Ron Prosor has just called for.


    • NB. Here is more Israel missile defence systems news, which Jonathan may care to read before venturing any further anti-Israel BBC propaganda efforts.


      “…Hagel described Juniper Cobra as a “biannual five-day military exercise that will involve more than 4,000 American and Israeli troops, including over 700 U.S. troops …

      …The exercise will employ Israel’s entire rocket and ballistic missile architecture, including Iron Dome, Arrow, and David’s Sling: assets that the United States is proud to have helped Israel finance and develop…”

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  3. Why? Maybe because those deaths cannot be blamed on the nasty, Nazi-like Joooz? Just guessing, mind.

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