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‘Cowardly’ BBC tells comedian Israel’s attack on Gaza is out of bounds for satire

July 24, 2014

Frankie Boyle, the comedian, has written an open letter criticising the BBC governing body’s ”cowardly rebuke” of his jokes about the Palestinian territories.

A woman in Zanna is overcome by the destruction in the village following heavy Israeli tank fire and air strikes over almost a week.

A woman in Zanna is overcome by the destruction in the village following heavy Israeli tank fire and air strikes over almost a week.

Obviously, it feels strange to be on the moral high ground but I feel a response is required to the BBC Trust’s cowardly rebuke of my jokes about Palestine.

As always, I heard nothing from the BBC but read in a newspaper that editorial procedures would be tightened further to stop jokes with anything at all to say getting past the censors.

In case you missed it, the jokes in question are:

“I’ve been studying Israeli Army Martial Arts. I now know 16 ways to kick a Palestinian woman in the back.”

“People think that the Middle East is very complex but I have an analogy that sums it up quite well. If you imagine that Palestine is a big cake, well… that cake is being punched to pieces by a very angry Jew.”

I think the problem here is that the show’s producers will have thought that Israel, an aggressive, terrorist state with a nuclear arsenal, was an appropriate target for satire.

The Trust’s ruling is essentially a note from their line managers. It says that if you imagine that a state busily going about the destruction of an entire people is fair game, you are mistaken. Israel is out of bounds.

The BBC refused to broadcast a humanitarian appeal in 2009 to help residents of Gaza rebuild their homes.

It’s tragic for such a great institution but it is now cravenly afraid of giving offence and vulnerable to any kind of well drilled lobbying.

I told the jokes on a Radio 4 show called “Political Animal”. That title seems to promise provocative comedy with a point of view.

In practice the BBC wish to deliver the flavour of political comedy with none of the content. The most recent offering I saw was BBC2’s “The Bubble”. It looked exactly like a show where funny people sat around and did jokes about the news. Except the thrust of the format was that nobody had read the papers.

I can only imagine how the head of the BBC Trust must have looked watching that, grinning like Gordon Brown having his prostate examined.

The situation in Palestine seems to be, in essence, apartheid. I grew up with the anti apartheid thing being a huge focus of debate. It really seemed to matter to everybody that other human beings were being treated in that way. We didn’t just talk about it, we did things, I remember boycotts and marches and demos all being held because we couldn’t bear that people were being treated like that.

A few years ago I watched a documentary about life in Palestine. There’s a section where a UN dignitary of some kind comes to do a photo opportunity outside a new hospital.

The staff know that it communicates nothing of the real desperation of their position, so they trick her into a side ward on her way out. She ends up in a room with a child who the doctors explain is in a critical condition because they don’t have the supplies to keep treating him.

She flounders, awkwardly caught in the bleak reality of the room, mouthing platitudes over a dying boy.

The filmmaker asks one of the doctors what they think the stunt will have achieved.

He is suddenly angry, perhaps having just felt at first hand something he knew in the abstract. The indifference of the world.

“She will do nothing,” he says to the filmmaker. Then he looks into the camera and says: “Neither will you”.

I cried at that and promised myself that I would do something. Other than write a few stupid jokes I have not done anything. Neither have you.

— Frankie Boyle

Reposted from Stop the War Coalition.

BBC is becoming a national disgrace. They keep repeating the myth Israel is under threat and is acting in self defence.

When airlines cancelled flights to Israel, the Prime Minister complained to the US, and asked that the airlines be forced to fly as there was no risk.

Comment posted on facebook:

It’s an irony that a group left here last week for vacation and tour in Israel. So far not one word of sirens or rockets on FB. Just nightclub life and sunbathing.

Today a school was hit. A UN school, a place of ‘alleged’ safety. The UN had given coordinates. Not the first school to be hit.

BBC duly reported the Israeli line, it was a Hamas rocket. Those on the ground dispute this, and say no evidence it was Hamas (not reported by BBC).

The World at Ten had an interesting interview with an analyst at the Washington based Brookings Institute. The analyst took the side of Hamas, pointing out Israel had failed to keep to terms of previous ceasefire, and that it was rationale of Hamas to demand lifting of blockade (which was agreed in previous ceasefire). No surprise, the interview was cut short.

The World at Ten then had a much longer piece on the rise of anti-Semitism in France.

This is what the BBC calls balance. Only it is not balance, it is a contrived balance.

Jon Snow, veteran Channel 4 journalist, and currently in Gaza, has produce far higher quality reports, and noted what Gilad Sharon (son of war criminal Ariel Sharon) had to say in a prominent front-page article in the Jerusalem Post:

“We need to flatten entire neighbourhoods in Gaza. Flatten all of Gaza. The Americans didn’t stop with Hiroshima – the Japanese weren’t surrendering fast enough, so they hit Nagasaki, too”.

Which is exactly what we are seeing as the policy pursued by Israel in Gaza.

Passing through the Gaza checkpoint back into Israel, Jon Snow had a destructive electronic signature on his MacAir. It would not do, after all, to have journalists coming out of Gaza with evidence of Israeli war crimes.

Another myth repeated endlessly by BBC, is that Hamas is using civilians as human shields. This is disputed by those on the ground, and has ironically been disputed by Jeremy Bowens, veteran BBC reporter, but not on BBC instead writing in New Statesman.

Another myth endlessly repeated by the BBC is that civilians are not being targeted. This is disputed by those on the ground.

It is not only BBC with pro-Israeli media bias.

Genocide in Gaza by Israeli Judeo-Fascists

July 22, 2014
beaten Palestinian boy

beaten Palestinian boy

protest outside Israeli Embassy in London

protest outside Israeli Embassy in London

Beating a Palestinian, an everyday normality for Israeli Judeo-Fascists.

Beating an American citizen, a game changer and an eye opener for Americans.

Net result, US media are putting Israel under far greater scrutiny for the genocide they are committing in Gaza.

The beating of this American teen by Israeli police helped spark the current crisis.

The fifteen-year old boy who was badly beaten, was an American cousin of the Palestinian boy who was kidnapped, beaten, then killed by Israelis. We know it was Israelis as CCTV outside the family shop caught him being kidnapped. He was beaten, knifed, then set alight whilst still alive. He was set alight by pouring gasoline into his mouth.

It was believed those who carried out this horrific attack was a revenge attack for the three Israelis killed.

Whilst we know who was responsible for the gruesome murder of the Palestinian boy, we do not know who was responsible for the killing of the three Israelis. A civilised country carries out a post-mortem to establish cause of death, followed by a murder inquiry, followed by capture of the suspect, followed by charges being laid, followed by a fair trial. For the Judeo-Fascists of the Pariah State of Israel, it was an excuse to carry out genocide in Gaza. The immediate knee jerk reaction of the Israeli Judeo-Fascists was that Hamas must be punished, which is code for Palestinians must be punished.

The genocide in Gaza is following a sickening familiar pattern. A period of peace, which shows the Palestinians not to be the ogres portrayed by Israel, provocation by Israel, retaliation by Palestinians, which is then used as an excuse by Israel for all out bombardment, and this time a ground attack, under the guise of self defence, and yet, as the world can see, it is Israel that is the aggressor.

We are seeing appalling hypocrisy.

Terrorists armed by Russia, shoot down Malaysian flight MH-17, and the West steps up sanctions against Russia.

Israel launches a brutal attack on Gaza. No sanctions by the West.

Russia was barred from the Farnborough International Airshow, the world’s biggest arms fair, for aggression in Ukraine, attacking a neutral country. Why was Israel not barred for its brutal attack on Gaza?

We need a ceasefire, only there are no honest brokers to negotiate a ceasefire. War criminal Tony Blair is not an honest broker. The military junta in Egypt is not an honest broker. The US, Israel’s biggest backer, is not an honest broker.

A ceasefire is a start, but is is not sufficient. There must be an immediate military and economic embargo of Israel, all flights to Israel must cease. banks, and other companies that deal with Israel and profit from the conflict must be targeted. Individuals must do their bit and boycott all products from Israel and encourage others to do likewise, speak to retailers and explain why they must not stock or sell products from Israel.

Sanctions and boycotts work. Dutch people persuaded a Dutch pension fund, PGGM, to withdraw from Israel.

Israel is a pariah state that must be isolated, weapons and money cut off.

Israel was founded on terrorism and it is exporting that terrorism to its neighbours.

Gaza is little more than an open air concentration camp with Israeli Judeo-Fascists the border guards.

Nazis incinerated Jews, gypsies and other undesirables in the gas ovens. The Jews save on transport costs and incinerate Palestinians in their homes.

Please sign the petition (so far over a million have signed) calling for an international boycott of Israel.

Israel was defeated in Lebanon and had to withdraw with its tail between its legs, as it was previously defeated in Gaza, and as it is now being defeated in Gaza.

Hamas warned before the invasion, if Israel attacked, it would open the Gates of Hell.

This evening there was a protest outside the Israeli Embassy in London, and that was just a warm up for mass protest on Saturday.

Gaza Parkour Team / Despite the Pain, There is Hope

November 19, 2012

No country would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders. — Barack Obama

Why 200 flights and only 15 dead? We want 15 flights and 2000 dead. — Michael Ben Ari addressing a rally

In war parents bury their kids. In peace kids bury their parents. In Gaza, Israel buries whole families under the rubble. — Dr Norman Finkelstein

There is no middle path here – either the Gazans and their infrastructure are made to pay the price, or we reoccupy the entire Gaza Strip. — Glad Sharon, son of Ariel Sharon

We need to flatten entire neighbourhoods …flatten all Gaza. — Glad Sharon, son of Ariel Sharon

This is chilling and very upsetting, more upsetting than seeing the dead bodies of children.

The first day of the attack by Israel on defenceless Gaza, the missiles rain down and the kids show their defiance.

Israel took out the military head of Hamas, knowing this would lead to a response from Hamas, which in turn gave them the excuse to bombard Gaza.

Why? Because peace talks were taking place. Israel does not like peace talks. Peace talks make the Palestinians look reasonable. Therefore whenever peace talks are taking place, Israel provokes the Palestinians into taking some form of military or terrorist action, to justify an iron fist response.

When peace talks are taking place, attention focusses on the theft of land not suicide bombers.

US and UK talk of the right to self-defence, of Israel not Gaza, then give the green light to Israel to go ahead.

Hypocrite Obama talks of missiles raining down. Drone strikes in Pakistan?

Sharon Udasin of the Jerusalem Post asks Israelis: “Does anyone have pets who are freaking out because of the rocket sirens? If so, please contact me today for a story. Thanks!” Jeez these Israelis are all heart.

At the weekend, Israel targeted journalists reporting from Gaza.

The true face of Israel can be found in the Israeli media.

Contrast the children in Gaza with a rally in Israel.

Pink Floyd: Song for Palestine

November 17, 2012

We shall overcome, we shall overcome
We shall overcome someday
Deep in my heart, I do believe
That we shall overcome someday
And we’ll walk hand in hand, we’ll walk hand in hand
We’ll walk hand in hand one day
Deep in my heart, I do believe
That we’ll walk hand in hand one day
And we’ll break down the prison walls, we will tear down those prison walls
Together we will tear it down, the prison walls, on that day
Deep in my heart, I do believe
Yeah we will tear down all those prison walls on that day
Deep in my heart, I do believe
We will tear down all those prison walls on that day
And the truth will set us free, the truth will set us free
The truth will set us all free on that day
And deep in my heart, I do believe
That the truth will set us all free on that day
And we shall overcome on that day

Israel blocks Christians going to Bethlehem at Christmas

December 20, 2010

Israel blocks Christians going to Bethlehem at Christmas, including clergy. Why, because they are Palestinians.

Bethlehem itself is an open-air prison encircled by an Apartheid Wall.

Also see

Bethlehem Hidden from View


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