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December 20, 2013 3:24 pm

BBC Mideast Editor Tweet Shows Clear Bias

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Dr Eyad Sarraj, who recently died at Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem where he had been treated for leukemia, was the founder of the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme.

Despite its scientific and neutral-sounding title, the GCMHP has shown itself repeatedly (see p38 onwards) to be an NGO with political motivations and is involved with the BDS movement. In evidence he gave to the Goldstone Panel in 2009, Sarraj said:

“The Palestinian in the eyes of the Israeli soldier is not an equal human being. Sometimes this Palestinian even becomes a demon in their eyes. Therefore it is a state of demonization. This is unfortunately, uh, what can be seen in the behavior of the Israeli soldier not only killing children or fathers before…He is not dealt with as an equal human being. This is the base of everything and then there is the fact that there is no restraint, no discipline within the army and, uh, uh, even there’s an encouragement…Many Israelis need this and also the Palestinians because inside Israel there is an identification with the aggressor, the Nazi.”

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Sarraj was also a member of the flotilla-organisingISM-rooted Free Gaza Movement’s ‘Gaza Advisory Council’ – part of its Board of Advisors.

Hence, the Tweet below – sent on December 18th by Jeremy Bowen: the Middle East Editor tasked with being the gatekeeper of accurate and impartial Middle East reporting – does little to help the BBC’s reputation as an impartial body.

Bowen Sarraj tweet

Tweet from Bowen Sarraj.

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  • CSBG

    He may have been more effective if he accurate facts. The truth is a stubborn force that won’t be denied in the end. However, since he was with the BBC, one is compelled to ask,
    what kind of journalist was he ? What are the Ethics Code, if any , for the BBC? If fact, how do any of the socalled journalists claim to be professionals when they do zero research to learn historic background. How does one write without doing proper research, or having the skills required to do it? It’s simply propaganda on puts out .
    Everyone covering any aspect of the Middle East , especially the British and the Jewish history, has a duty and responsibility to learn accurate historical facts.
    you know, FDR with all of his , now, revealed history , went to war in Europe and manipulated the Lend-lease Bill, “to save democracies and civilization ” as Churchill
    said trying to impress on FDR in early 1941, the necessity of helping England as it was being devastated. We didn’t have to help save England. We could have just fought and destroyed Japan when we finally entered the war. THat was the second time the US saved Europe. If the role of the press in england, the US, Germany, etc. hasn’t taught today’s journalists a lesson, they are not worth listening to, or reading. A journalist ‘s malfeasance can get entire countries , if not entire civilizations destroyed. That is what each has to be cognizant of when writing and filing. You have a covenant with your public, your sources and the historic record.

    • CSBG

      I need to edit this. The following requires a change. 1. The word, ” had” should be inserted before ” Accurate. ” 2.. ‘What are’ should be changed to ‘what is.’
      3. There should be a ” ?” at the end of the question that ends with ” historic background.”
      Thank you.