Framing The Discourse / Lying By Omission

There was a huge march in London today. Against Israel’s brutal attacks on civilians in Gaza and in defence of the Palestinians. But if you just glanced at the front page of the BBC, this is what you’d see:

Thousands protest in London over Gaza violence
Organisers urge the UK government to help end the fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants

When you click through, THEN and only then, do you get this:

Thousands of people have marched through central London in support of the Palestinians amid ongoing fighting between Israel and militants in Gaza.

The organisers of the protest called on the UK government to stop allowing what they described as “Israel’s brutal violence against and oppression of the Palestinian people”.

Demonstrators marched to the Israeli embassy chanting “free Palestine”.

It comes after the worst week of violence in Gaza and Israel since 2014.

At least 139 people have been killed in Gaza and nine in Israel since the fighting began on Monday.

Israel says dozens of militants are among the dead in Gaza, while Palestinian health officials say nearly half are women and children.

(Source: BBC News)

Notice the difference between the front page summary and the actual news article?

It’s with little tricks like this that the BBC distorts the reality of protest marches against Israel. The casual reader would skip over it and think, ‘Ahh, they want everyone on both sides to stop the violence.’

No.

The protest was specifically to protest against Israel’s horrendous attacks on civilians and their shelling of buildings containing women and children. It was not ‘Protest against Gaza violence’ it was ‘Protest against Israeli violence.’

The sly treachery of the BBC is unbelievable.

Israel Destroys Associated Press Building

The strike came about an hour after the Israeli military ordered people to evacuate, according to reporting from The Associated Press. The building also housed other offices and residential apartments. The senior advisor to Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu told NPR that Hamas military intelligence used the building, but provided “no evidence to back the claim.”

NPR reporter Daniel Estrin.

Apparently, everyone works for Hamas. The Associated Press, Al Jazeera, the BBC, me, you, the fucking Queen. Israel slaughters anyone it likes under the hugely convenient premise that they’re Hamas, without ever providing any proof of this.

And what do we call this?

We call this a war crime.

Here’s what the Red Cross has to say about bombing journalists and non-combatants in general:

Do attacks against journalists in armed-conflict situations amount to war crimes?
Inasmuch as they are civilians, journalists are protected under international humanitarian law against direct attacks unless and for such time as they take a direct part in hostilities. Violations of this rule constitute a grave breach of the Geneva Conventions and Additional Protocol I.
What is more, intentionally directing an attack against a civilian – whether in an international or in a non-international armed conflict – also amounts to a war crime under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

(Source: Red Cross)