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Umakahlil is pissed off at sonic booms
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November 4, 2005 by Ricki Hollander

BBC Website's One-Sided Approach to Israeli-Palestinian Conflict



On the evening of November 2, 2005, five Israelis were injured in a mortar attack on the community of Netiv Ha’asarah by Palestinian terrorists firing from Gaza. The shells also struck a high-tension electrical line, cutting off power to the surrounding area; hit a car, showering a pedestrian with shrapnel; and damaged a house in the community.

That same day, Qassam rockets fired from Gaza landed in Kibbutz Yad Mordechai; a 55-pound bomb was neutralized by army sappers after being discovered near the Karni crossing in northern Gaza; and an Israeli woman was stabbed by a Palestinian attacker in Jerusalem.

Readers of BBC’s Web site, however, found nothing there about the terrorism targeting Israeli men, women and children with Palestinian mortars, rockets, bombs, or knives. There was no mention at all of the attacks on www.BBC.co.uk.

Instead readers of the British news agency's Web site learned about the "widespread fear" among Palestinian children caused by the sonic booms of Israeli airplanes and read about allegations by medics that the noise "induces miscarriages." On November 3, the most prominently featured article on the Middle East page of BBC's Web site was "Medics condemn Gaza sonic booms" which quoted critics of Israel condemning military jet noise over Gaza. The article discussed at length their petition to Israel's Supreme Court claiming that "according to international law, the booms are collective punishment against the civilian population and thus illegal."

The BBC has for years displayed a bias in its news judgement, presenting stories which cast Israelis as aggressors responsible for Palestinian suffering rather than as victims of Palestinian violence. While the BBC article one-sidedly discusses the alleged threat to Palestinian women and children in Gaza by Israeli noise, it never once refers to the Israeli women and children who are daily threatened with death by Palestinian mortar and rocket attacks.


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