We have previously documented on these pages the fact that the BBC has refrained from providing its audiences with information concerning Hamas’ efforts to boost its terrorist infrastructure in Judea & Samaria and take the current wave of terror attacks against Israelis to a more violent level.
An additional facet to that story emerged recently when the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) made a rare statement.
“Attempts by Hamas to exploit entry permits given to Gazan residents by Israel are jeopardizing future crossings by Palestinians, Maj.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai, the coordinator of government activities in the territories, has warned.
In an interview to the Al-Quds Palestinian newspaper, Mordechai said Hamas will force Israel to consider completely close the crossings to the Strip if attempts to recruit Gazans for terrorist missions do not cease. […]
Hamas’s “cynical exploitation of Israeli entry permits is forcing Israel to think twice before it issues permits to Gazans.
This situation will eventually lead to the closure of the Strip and the complete cessation of travel by Gazans from the Strip,” Mordechai warned.
He cited a cancer patient from Gaza’s Khan Yunis area who traveled to Nablus for medical care after receiving an Israeli permit, and was asked by Hamas to gather intelligence for it. A resident of Gaza’s Shati refugee camp who trades in Israel was apprehended by security forces while trying to smuggle goods for Hamas, according to the COGAT head. […]
Hamas charges taxes on Palestinians who pass through the crossings, using the money to build up its offensive capabilities rather than for the welfare of Gazans, Mordechai added.”
Should Hamas’ actions indeed lead to a halt on Gazans travelling into Israel, we can be confident that the BBC will cover the human interest side of that story with great gusto. However, to date the corporation has made no attempt to ensure that if such a development occurs, audiences will be aware of its background story.