Hamas man spills beans on appropriation of construction materials: BBC silent

Over the past year the BBC has devoted considerable multi-platform coverage to the topic of reconstruction in the Gaza Strip with the main recurrent theme being the shortage of construction materials. Time and time again the obviously relevant topic of the potential appropriation of construction materials for purposes of terrorism has been presented in the qualified terms of “Israel says” but no objective, serious reporting on that topic has been evident.anniversary Knell written

“Israel and Egypt maintain tight border restrictions on the coastal enclave, which have severely hampered reconstruction efforts. They say these are needed for security.” (BBC News website, 8/7/15)

“Israel tightly monitors the import of building materials and equipment into Gaza, arguing that militants could use them to rebuild tunnels and carry out attacks.” (BBC World Service, 8/12/14)

“Donors have pledged more than $5bn but Israel strictly regulates the import of building materials and equipment into the Palestinian territory. They say that militants could use the equipment to carry out attacks.” (BBC News website, 8/12/14)

“…but Israel bans the import of building materials for private use, saying that militants use them to build tunnels.” (BBC Radio 4, 18/9/14)

“The UN estimates that around 17 thousand houses were destroyed in the conflict. But, a blockade is in place stopping companies from importing building supplies. Israel says it fears that militants would use the materials to rebuild tunnels which could be used for renewed cross-border attacks by militant fighters.” (BBC television news, 5/9/14)anniversary Knell audio

On at least one occasion, BBC audiences were told that Israel was not allowing construction materials into the Gaza Strip at all and another recurring theme has been the claim that a lack of building materials – supposedly caused by border restrictions imposed by Israel – will bring about more conflict.

The Israeli Security Agency recently released information concerning the arrest last month of a Hamas operative from Rafah called Ibraheem Adel Shehadeh Shaer. Among the information provided by Shaer (also spelt Sha’ar) is this:

“Shaer told investigators that material for Hamas’s war infrastructure is now being brought into Gaza under the guise of reconstruction programs aimed at repairing the damage caused during the fighting, when thousands of buildings were destroyed.” [emphasis added]Doucet Gaza audio on Twitter

Additional information revealed by Shaer includes:

“…a road recently built by Hamas along the border fence was intended for a surprise attack on Israel involving vehicles that would even cross the border. […]

Shaer also disclosed specific emergency procedures followed by Hamas and the organization’s intention of using tunnels rebuilt since last year’s Operation Protective Edge to launch attacks in Israel.

In particular, Shaer was able to supply the specific locations, paths, and digging sites of tunnels in the Rafah area leading in the direction of the Kerem Shalom border crossing. […]

Shaer said that Iran was sending money, advanced weapons and electronic equipment to the Gaza Strip including devices to disrupt radio frequencies meant to help down Israeli UAVs above the Gaza Strip. He also claimed that Iran had trained Hamas operatives in paragliding with the goal of infiltrating Israel.”UNRWA WS tweet

Will the BBC now stop using the qualifier “Israel says” and carry out some serious investigative reporting on this subject – not least the obvious failures of the UN administered ‘Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism’ which supposedly ensures that building materials are not misappropriated for the purposes of terrorism? Will the corporation finally recognize the significance of its long-standing self-conscription to the campaign promoted by UNRWA and Hamas to have all border restrictions lifted? And will the BBC finally clarify to its audiences that the precursor for future conflict lies in Hamas’ ongoing preparations for that scenario?

The fact that to date there has been no BBC reporting on this story does not inspire optimism on those fronts.

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10 comments on “Hamas man spills beans on appropriation of construction materials: BBC silent

  1. Regarding your penultimate paragraph:

    The answers to those questions remind me of the Khartoum Conference of 1967.

  2. My wife, who is very rule-abiding on these things, always reminds me to make sure I pay for my BBC TV licence on time. Given the repeated exposure of the BBC’s bias in your coverage of this kind of story, I really wonder why I should be paying for this kind of output.

  3. what is it with the BBC ? How can they be so OBVIOUS in their biased reporting and still expect no criticism ?
    COME ON BBC REPORT BOTH SIDES OF THE STORY. DON’T HIDE BEHIND YOUR USUAL MANTRA OF EXCUSES.
    WE DO NOT BELIEVE YOU

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  5. The BBC is just a propaganda mill. Racists who want to hear their brethren fire up the masses watch them. People looking for entertainment under the guise of news watch them. People looking for serious news coverage don’t waste their time watching BBC trash.

  6. Hamas leaders are to busy diverting funds to buiild terror tunnels and securing luxury residences in Qatar

  7. The Irish times isn’t too far behind the
    BBC…it’s offices in dublin are only short of flying the PLO flag..they equate the PLO with their IRA… They even not long ago had a large picture of HITLER in their street window..and had one well known socialist republican writer criticise ( I kid you not) Jewish theology.
    ….i could go and on…

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