Tuesday, 27 January 2009
A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD?
Hello again folks! So some of our illustrious MP's have signed a House of Commons motion criticising the BBC and Sky for refusing to broadcast a plea for humanitarian aid funding for Gaza has been backed by 112 MPs. Even though it was aired on ITV, Channel 4 and Five.
This is a welcome and remarkable show of backbone by the BBC and, to a lesser extent, Sky. The problem with this appeal is that you can guarantee that some or a fair chunk of any funds will end up in the hands of Hamas and will not meet the 'humanitarian needs' it is honestly targeted at. It is a politically inspired appeal. It is not in the same genre as the 2004 Asian Tsunami appeal or others. I see that the BBC has come under fire from archbishops, government ministers, charity leaders and 11,000 viewers. Once again, the CoE are rattling their one-sided sabre. They should stick to basics. Instead of divesting in Israel and sleeping with the enemy.
By the way, did you know that the rocket-hit residents and citizens of southern Israel are having collections for and donating clothes and goods to their neighbours in Gaza despite everything? And that the Israeli army has set up field hospitals for injured Gazans? They are not the merciless, bloodthirsty and brutal people that most media portray them as. And they are not perfect either.
But I would like to draw your attention to the subject of another 'Early Day Motion'. Specifically, one that was issued in 2006. Namely #EDM 24 signed by 148 MP's:
EDM 24: ISRAELI HOSTAGES - David Gauke MP - 15-Nov-2006
"That this House notes that United Nations Resolution 1701 in respect of the recent Israel/Lebanon conflict calls for the unconditional release of the abducted Israeli soldiers, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev; further notes that these soldiers were abducted on 12th July 2006 and their fate remains unknown; further notes that the leader of Hizbollah, Sheikh Nasrallah, has admitted on Lebanese television in August 2006 that it was the intention of Hizbollah to take hostages; condemns the hostage taking and the failure of Hizbollah to comply with its obligations under United Nations Resolution 1701 to release the hostages; further notes that Gilad Shalit continues to be held by Hamas; and calls for Hizbollah and Hamas to release their hostages with immediate effect."
I didn't see the same level of support or coverage for this EDM both in Parliament or the news media. No public statements of support by the CoE to the same degree; government ministers; charity leaders or many members of the public [to my knowledge]. My own MP refused to sign it for fear of offending the 'palestinians' that he was due to visit in a parlimentary work party. No condemnation of Hezbollah or Hamas for their war crimes. Despite it having 36 more signatures. I don't see a level playing field here. Only the usual bias of the establishment and the fruits of the antisemitic/anti-Israeli indoctrination of the general populace; from the day that Israel became a nation again back in 1948 [and before that]. Perhaps EDM should stand for Erstwhile Distracted MP's or English Deceiving Media?
God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 27-Jan-2009