Pro(sperous) Palestinians

Melanie Phillips links to a report in the Wall Street Journal by Tom Gross. It’s about life in the West Bank and Gaza. No, it’s not the usual tale of hardship and deprivation.
She ends by asking “When we will get to hear about this on the BBC?” Well, probably never. All we’ll get is endless stories about settlers, olive trees and illegally occupied land.
With the BBC for an educator is it surprising that a virulent streak of anti-Semitism prevails?
I see Rowan Laxton is back at his desk at the FCO.
And this clip is all over the web.
If it weren’t so shocking you’d have to laugh. The man bears an uncanny resemblance to Brian Murphy.
“Everybody in Britain can see what a nasty unpleasant type of people Jewish people are in English.”

(Breaks into song.) ”It’s in-dic-ative that the Jews are vin-dic-ative, so if you’re living in English…. You can….. fuck off back to Israel!”” Tap dances off stage, right. Not really.

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8 Responses to Pro(sperous) Palestinians

  1. George R says:

    A lucid counter to BBC’s anti-Israel version of history-

    “Fitzgerald: Things looking up for Israel in Europe, if only the

     Israelis can hang on”


  2. deegee says:

    Fuck off back to Israel.

    No, no, no. That was last generation’s antisemitism. This generation says Jews never had anything to do with Israel.


    • Jack Bauer says:

      This generation says Jews never had anything to do with Israel.

      Ah, that would be because they were too busy herding 6 million Muslims into gas ovens in Germany during WW2.


  3. Biodegradable says:

    The Tom Gross piece is well worth reading in its entirety.

    In the very first paragraph he says, “Even supposedly neutral news reporters regularly repeat this sad tale. “Very little is changing for the Palestinian people on the ground,” I heard BBC World Service Cairo correspondent Christian Fraser tell listeners three times in a 45 minute period the other evening. In fact nothing could be further from the truth…”

    Further down he says, “In Gaza too, the shops and markets are crammed with food and goods. But while photos from last Friday’s Palestine Today newspaper, for example, depict sumptuous Eid celebrations, these are not the pictures you are ever likely to see on the BBC or Le Monde or the New York Times. No, Gaza is not like a “concentration camp,” nor is the “humanitarian crisis in Gaza is on the scale of Darfur,” as British journalist Lauren Booth (who is also Tony Blair’s sister-in-law) has said.”

    These are the pictures he’s referring to.


  4. NotaSheep says:

    Meanwhile Hansard reports the usual hand-wringing and blame for Israel in a House of Commons debate on Wednesday. I have more here –


  5. piggy kosher says:

    What a hoot. Poor little dhimmi in chief was so on the ropes there.
    Not an edifying spectacle.


  6. sue says:

    In my post above I was trying to illustrate several things.

    1.    The media’s continual catastrophising of the Palestinians’ living   conditions in order to demonise Israel.
    2.    The effect that this psychological bombardment has had on the public.
    3.    I compared the anti-Semitic tirade with the comedy character George partly because Mr. Sullivan reminded me of him, and partly to show that a hell of a lot of the rampant anti-Semitism that crops up in comments on the Internet are from puffed up ignoramuses.
    4.    The more worrying bit of that clip was the other well spoken gent, something to do with the church, who seemed not to know anything about Hamas, nor that it has been receiving help from pro Palestinian supporters and charities.

    The ignorance about these issues stems, in my opinion, from several decades worth of BBC misinformation and innuendo that people have grown up with..