The milk of human kindness
January 25, 2009
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I am spectacularly baffled over this ridiculous refusal by the BBC to screen the DEC's Gaza appeal because it would 'damage its impartiality'. The coalition of charities is asking the public to help the civilian casualties of Gaza – you only need to watch the video below to see the destruction and devastation in the area – not for cash to re-arm Hamas. How can they play broadcasting regulatory games with the suffering of civilians? These people have been just as terrorised by their elected leaders as Israel (and are any of us really surprised at the news of Hamas threatening to shoot the son of a man who didn't want them to use his house to fire rockets? Did anyone really think civilian Gazans were welcoming Hamas militia into their yards and balconies with open arms?).
Hamas use abhorrent tactics (which still don't merit the slaughter of civilians in the hunt to mete out 'punishment'). But you know? So does the junta in Burma and the BBC showed that appeal. Is it because the Burmese suffered from a natural disaster? OK, well how about Rwanda in 1994? The fighting in Congo? All shown on the BBC. I can't see the difference. Is the BBC attempting to punish people for electing a terrorist / militant organisation (depending on who you talk to)? And that's electing, Georgie, not seizing power in a coup; a distinction I didn't hear on any news broadcast apart from Jon Snow's Dispatches from Gaza the other night.
That, or the BBC is now running so scared of criticism that it can't take intelligent decisions any more? At least ITV and Channel 4 will broadcast the DEC's appeal. And you? Donate some money. Even if you think whatever the DEC helps to rebuild will be blasted to the skies by Israel again in a couple of years, it's the decent, humanitarian thing to do.