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Destruction of Gaza’s children is something ‘every one of us must confront’ — Jon Snow

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Jon Snow the British broadcaster at Channel 4 was just in Gaza and demonstrates what it means to bear witness. Our governments are not interested, he says, but we are responsible, and so we must take action, and “that in the end is the greatest hope that the people in Gaza have.” Will he endorse BDS?

His commentary features two crushing scenes of little girls maimed by Israeli fire.

I can’t get those images out of my mind. I don’t think you can either, because they’ve been everywhere. They are the essence of what is happening in Gaza.

The rockets? Yes Hamas is throwing them into Israel designed to kill Israelis.

But of course Israel courtesy of American finance, has invented the most brilliant shield, which is keeping absolutely everything out. And that’s a big difference.

Snow spoke to Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert, volunteering at Shifa. How many children hurt? 1,310 wounded. 166 dead.

That number is growing all the time. That is what makes this something that every one of us has to confront. We have to know that in some way we actually share some responsibility for those deaths. Because for us it is no priority whatever to stop it. Our United Nations, our government, our world, is not that interested. The fact that you’re watching this, that you’ve chosen to watch it means that you’re actually motivated to do something, and that in the end is the greatest hope that the people in Gaza have. We cannot let it go on. If our reporting is worth anything, if your preparedness to listen and to watch and read is anything to go by, together we can make a difference.

Thanks to Terry Weber.

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  1. bilal a on July 27, 2014, 11:32 am

    “Our world is not that interested” :

    Think she’d be up for a Mitz Paz at my Sukkah?
    5:38 PM – 26 Jul 2014


  2. just on July 27, 2014, 11:41 am

    My conscience is burning.

    I can’t let the callous disregard and ignorance (willful and otherwise) of my countrymen douse it. We have to persevere, it’s the least we can do with so much of the responsibility for these crimes in our hands and on our shoulders.

  3. Justpassingby on July 27, 2014, 11:49 am

    Good fro Snow, but decades for late for him and the majority of media in general.
    This sadism against kids must stop!

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius on July 27, 2014, 2:54 pm

      Jon Snow has been highly critical of Israel for many years. His interviews with Mark Regev are classics in the art of demolishing propagandists with aplomb.

    • John O on July 27, 2014, 3:28 pm

      Jon Snow has a good record on this subject – remember his confrontation with Mark Regev during Cast Lead over five years ago.

  4. Sycamores on July 27, 2014, 11:55 am

    Jon Snow tweet ‘my tribute to the children of Gaza’ is gathering alot of attention

    My tribute to the children of Gaza – by @jonsnowC4 #c4news— Jon Snow (@jonsnowC4) July 26, 2014

    Norman Finkelstein has the video up on his site as a must see.

  5. weareone on July 27, 2014, 11:59 am

    Perhaps it’s time (actually many years past time) for a 60’s style march on Washington. There are many of us, of all races, religions and ethnicities who abhor the crimes being committed with our tax dollars. Time to unite and fight back.

  6. American on July 27, 2014, 12:09 pm


    THAT is the way to end this because stealing the rest of Palestine and destroying the Palestine collective is the Israelis goal, always has been.

    • can of worms on July 28, 2014, 2:06 am

      American, I am with you, but it’s always important to stress that “stealing the rest of Palestine and destroying the Palestine collective” is ultimately not the end in itself but a necessary step, a buffer around the “jewish state” idea. If anyone accepts the idea of a Jewish State for whatever ideological (zionist) or geostrategic (neoconservative) reason, they have to also embrace atrocious policies aimed at the crippling and the dispossession of the ‘Natives’. Even if the military occupation were to end tomorrow, and I’m sure you realize this, the “Jewish State” would be still be dependent (and even more so) on its setup of deep segregation in order to preserve itself. There is no way that the “Jewish State” could be secure as such, if Palestinian citizens could have the remotest shot at instituting policies.

  7. NormanF on July 27, 2014, 12:12 pm

    The real face of these children is Hamas…. which cynically sends them to their deaths as a weapon against Israel.

    It cares nothing for their lives in refusing to abide by international requests for calm, that Israel has repeatedly accepted.

    Gaza’s Arabs deserve far better than living under the rule of jihadists who trample under feet the very essence of humanity, freedom and dignity we in the West take for granted.

    While the children of Gaza are maimed and die, the Hamas’ leaders live in bomb shelters and abroad in opulent mansions of luxury. Their behavior is an indictment not of Israel – but of them.

    Never in war have we seen more clearly which side is evil and which side is good. That is why I stand with Israel and reject Hamas, its medieval fascism, its lies and its violent nature.

    And I call on every person of conscience on the planet to follow suit.

    • amigo on July 27, 2014, 2:01 pm

      “Gaza’s Arabs deserve far better than living under the rule of jihadists who trample under feet the very essence of humanity, freedom and dignity we in the West take for granted.”nf

      They are Palestinians nf.

      And you and your fellow apologists could give a rats posterior about them.

      “And I call on every person of conscience on the planet to follow suit.” nf

      don,t waste your time looking inside the Satanic zionist cult to find persons of conscience.

      why don,t you take your bs elsewhere.Try j post.They will welcome you with open minds and hearts.

    • Sumud on July 27, 2014, 2:48 pm

      Call me a cynic but I don’t find your concern for Gaza’s Palestinians to be so convincing.

      Side with the baby killers if that pleases you, but spare us the crocodile tears and ridiculous lectures about ‘humanity, dignity and freedom’, which is about as far as you can get from zionist values.

    • adele on July 27, 2014, 2:50 pm

      Norman “Israeli Shield” F: stop dehumanizing the Palestinian children with your discredited hasbara, they’ve been traumatized enough by Israel for over 60 years.

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius on July 27, 2014, 2:51 pm

      Israelis seem pathologically incapable of taking responsibility for their own actions. I thought it was the Arabs who had that failing, according to ”The Arab Mind’?

      Israel was supposed to be all about Jews taking responsibility for themselves and being their own bosses. Now, anytime something doesn’t play well on TV, every Israeli is like an 8 caught stealing sweets. ”But but but….. HE made me do it!”

    • kalithea on July 27, 2014, 6:48 pm

      Your comment is so disgustingly hypocritical, twisted and artificial. It sullies the discussion and is offensive in the context of the suffering of these children maimed on Zionism’s behalf.

      Go poop your hasbara on another issue.

    • southernobserver on July 27, 2014, 8:42 pm

      I fully agree. Those who kill babies are evil.

      Like you, I support the call on all persons of morality and conscience to support a comprehensive military and financial boycott of those who are killing babies, and blowing up hospitals and schools.

    • Hostage on July 27, 2014, 9:43 pm

      The real face of these children is Hamas…. which cynically sends them to their deaths as a weapon against Israel.

      Careful, your pathetic Zionist propaganda skills are showing. These innocent kids are being killed and wounded in their own homes and neighborhoods inside a fenced-in Gaza enclave. They aren’t being “sent” anywhere, by Hamas or anyone else.

      • crone on July 28, 2014, 2:46 am

        So glad to see you Hostage…

      • Jackdaw on July 28, 2014, 2:39 pm


        Hamas worked over 160 Gaza children to death building tunnels.

      • Hostage on July 28, 2014, 4:24 pm


        Hamas worked over 160 Gaza children to death building tunnels.

        link to

        Child labor in mines didn’t come to an end in the Victorian era. See Lewis Wickes Hine Breaker Boys, January 1911 South Pittston, Pa.

        You are citing an article that discusses Hamas reports about accidental deaths in tunnels used to break Israel’s blockade. Hamas didn’t actually report that anyone had been “worked to death”. FYI, OSHA reports that about 300 children are killed yearly in farm accidents right here in the USA.

        In any event, we are talking about armed forces bombing and shooting children, not industrial accidents that could be prevented by ending the Gaza blockade.

        The responsible UN Treaty monitoring bodies and the ICRC have declared that situation to be an illegal form of collective punishment. It has resulted in malnutrition, stunted growth of children, permanent developmental disabilities, and shortened life expectancy. Those health problems affect up to 30 percent of the population in many communities in the Gaza Strip. That’s tens of thousands, not 160.

      • Jackdaw on July 28, 2014, 4:47 pm


        ” In any event, we are talking about armed forces bombing and shooting children”

        Farm work is not inherently dangerous, tunnel digging is inherently dangerous and children have no business being there. Their deaths were unintended and the deaths of Gazan children at the hands of the IDF in this current operation is also unintended.

      • Hostage on July 29, 2014, 3:11 am

        Farm work is not inherently dangerous

        Says the guy who’s never worked around a hay baler, seen a grain elevator/storage bin explosion, rolled a tractor, or read the actual data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Every year, hundreds of farm workers suffer amputations and bodily mutilation from being pulled into hay balers. Hundreds of other deaths and injuries result from rolling tractors or being being crushed by hay bales, which can weigh up to 2,000 lbs., the same as a small car. Dust from grain is many times more likely to explode than coal dust produced by miners. See “Hay Baler Accidents” and the info on other “Farming Equipment Accidents” and “Farming Injuries” @

      • Mooser on July 29, 2014, 3:17 am

        Hostage, I’ve been recommending to Hophmi and “Jackdaw” that they have furures as pin-setters. They seem to enjoy setting things up just to have them knocked down.

      • Jackdaw on July 29, 2014, 5:19 am


        When are you going to respond to my latest Lydda Massacre post?

    • Marnie on July 28, 2014, 1:02 am

      I think you’re on the wrong site NF or you need to do penance for something, and want to be derided for your perverse idea of who is good/bad or right/wrong on this occasion. If your soul needs a thorough cleansing, the only thing I can recommend for you is a bottle of Economica on the rocks. “I stand with Israel and reject Hamas, its medieval fascism, its lies and its violent nature. And I call on every person of conscience (really?) on the planet to follow suit” is the mantra of the fascist zionist regime and you have absolutely no place here. This is one of the few sites that tells the other story, which you refudiate and minimize and then have the gall to express what I guess you think passes for sadness for Palestinians, but it’s their fault anyway because they choose Hamas over the bloodthirsty Israelis. You make me sick, you and every single person like you.

    • seafoid on July 28, 2014, 2:27 am

      You are never going to get a girlfriend if you continue to talk to women about chidren like that.

    • crone on July 28, 2014, 2:44 am

      How do you sleep at night! Israel is EVIL…

    • Citizen on July 28, 2014, 4:47 am

      “Gaza’s Arabs” deserve to live and thrive on what’s left of their own land with all their friends and family–sans Israel’s occupation, siege, collective punishment, incremental genocide. The Zionist state must be shunned by the civilized world.

    • Sycamores on July 28, 2014, 5:45 am


      lets get this straight once and for all. Israel went on a rampage into the West Bank alledgely over the deaths of three teenagers from the settlements and accusing Hamas for their murders. Israel rearrested over 400 Palestinians and murdered over 6 people. after 18 months ceasefire Hamas responded and now we are told by Israeli police Mickey Rosenfeld, see that Hamas was not involved in their abductions.

      so the lie moves to Gaza under the name Protective Edge where each child that is maim and murdered in Gaza is caused by the the pulling of a trigger by an israeli child murderer, there is no other name for it, and only the most pathetic piece of s**t would say anything else.

      MJ Rosenberg tweets “I’m proud to be a Jew, proud of our history and culture, but Israel’s war on children makes me deeply ashamed.”

      If you love Israel, if you want Israel to have a future tell Israel to stop this murder of innocents.

      stop the lies!

      • Walid on July 28, 2014, 6:36 am

        “MJ Rosenberg tweets “I’m proud to be a Jew, proud of our history and culture, but Israel’s war on children makes me deeply ashamed.”

        So contradictory, Rosenberg should make up his mind. He’s in the same perplexing situation as Mahane.

      • seafoid on July 28, 2014, 6:56 am

        He’s on a journey away from Zionism, Walid. Zionism is a house on fire that he can’t live in. He’s way further along than Mahane.

        The damage that is being done to Judaism these last few weeks is incalculable.

      • Sycamores on July 28, 2014, 7:42 am

        @Walid and seafoid

        i can’t speak for MJ Rosenberg i can only surmised from his tweets that he’s enraged and saddened with the deaths of so many innocents perpetrated by Israel.
        last week Philip Weiss wrote about Naomi Wolf walking out from her synagogue when they had nothing to say about Gaza massacre.

        MJ did similar this week.

        I quit my synagogue in Chevy Chase, MD over the endless "Israel is always right" indoctrination. Had been a member 20 years.— MJ (Mike) Rosenberg (@MJayRosenberg) July 27, 2014

        i can’t say if he’s on a journey away from zionism as Seafoid said or trying to salvaged what left.

        for what it’s worth from an outsider stance it does seem Judaism is paying the price for zionism.

      • Mooser on July 29, 2014, 3:24 am

        “for what it’s worth from an outsider stance it does seem Judaism is paying the price for zionism”

        That was the idea from the beginning! The Zionists can melt away when the time comes, and leave Judaism to take the blame.

      • Mooser on July 29, 2014, 3:19 am

        WHy on earth can’t MJ seperate his Zionism from his Judaism. Thjat’s sick. I can only think it’s because he’s never had to live under the Zionist system he thinks is Judaism’s finest flower.

    • eljay on July 28, 2014, 7:34 am

      >> NormanFeee: Never in war have we seen more clearly which side is evil and which side is good.

      In this war, only one side is an oppressive, colonialist, expansionist and supremacist state:
      – born of terrorism and ethnic cleansing;
      – engaged in a 60+ years, ON-GOING and offensive (i.e., not defensive) campaign of aggression, oppression, theft, colonization, destruction, torture and murder;
      – unwilling to honour its obligations under international law;
      – unwilling to accept responsibility and accountability for its past and ON-GOING (war) crimes; and
      – unwilling to enter into sincere negotiations for a just and mutually-beneficial peace.

      And it ain’t Hamas.

    • Kay24 on July 28, 2014, 7:50 am

      “Gaza’s Arabs deserve far better than living under the rule of jihadists who trample under feet the very essence of humanity, freedom and dignity we in the West take for granted.

      While the children of Gaza are maimed and die, the Hamas’ leaders live in bomb shelters and abroad in opulent mansions of luxury. Their behavior is an indictment not of Israel – but of them.”

      The concern is heartwarming. Before we deal with “jihadists” let’s deal with the brutal occupier who right now is slaughtering babies and women, and who have been running the world largest concentration camps for decades for nearly 50 years. Jihadists are not being condemned for stealing lands to house their terrorists, but Israel is. So stop the fake concern and the deflection. There is genocide going on in Gaza, and the criminals inflicting casualties are the ones holding the big weapons and the 500 pound bombs.

    • Walid on July 28, 2014, 8:42 am

      “… the Hamas’ leaders live in bomb shelters and abroad in opulent mansions of luxury.”

      There’s a massive Zionist/Egyptian/Saudi campaign since a week to disparage the Hamas leadership that describes their millions and billions as well as their opulent lifestyles. While some of this information is probably true, it’s odd that there isn’t a single word being said about the financial situation and lifestyle of the leadership of the Palestinian Authority on the West Bank. Do you have anything to say about them, Norman?

      • seafoid on July 28, 2014, 9:26 am

        Walid – the answer to that spin is that 14 oligarchs run Israel and that the country has the highest levels of inequality and poverty in the OECD.

    • Justpassingby on July 28, 2014, 9:12 am


      Israel kill 1100 people and you call palestinians barbarian, keep talking and expose your racism to the world.

      “While the children of Israel are human shields for netanyahu, the Israeli’ leaders live in bomb shelters and abroad in opulent mansions of luxury. Their behavior is an indictment not of Gaza– but of them.”

      I agree NormanF!

  8. Kay24 on July 27, 2014, 12:14 pm

    Good for Jon Snow to keep the focus on the real victims – the little children.
    The death count, casualties, and the disregard for human lives are unacceptable.
    The children are the most vulnerable, the unprotected, and I watch our leaders, from Nancy Pelosi, Lindsey Graham, and others from congress totally ignore the plight of the Palestinian children, zionist comics like Maher and Rivers totally avoid talking about the thousand children who are injured and those who were killed. If these were Israeli kids, the outrage would be deafening. Bibi makes such a drama when he suggests that those tunnels were close to a kindergarten, imagine if over 1000 Israeli kids were injured and over a 150 killed, the zionists would have leveled Gaza faster.

    The US media has become impotent, when it comes to Israel. Jon Snow’s heartfelt comment after his personal experience is so genuine, with no fear of zionist censure.

    • just on July 27, 2014, 1:00 pm

      Those babies that survive are missing moms and dads who are blown to bits… moms and dads are missing their babies who are blown to bits.

      There are untold numbers and faces of victims who are missing someone b/c of this genocide. It’s natural to focus on the children as the worst of the worst losses and victims, but I don’t think one can measure pain or loss by age. The entire disaster is sickening.

      • Kay24 on July 27, 2014, 1:11 pm

        I agree just. This is simply hopeless. It seems we are watching the slaughter of innocent people and NO one can stop this lopsided, unfair war. The repercussions of Israel’s massacre will be long lasting, and the Palestinians people will never be able to recover. Anyway, isn’t that the purpose of this massacre, to “bomb Gaza to the stone age”, as Ariel Sharon’s son who seem to have terrorist like tendencies, suggested?

        I am sick of seeing the zionist (like Bibi the butcher, just now) come and ask what the US would do if there were thousands of rockets being sent into our nation. Time someone with spine in the media asked him if it did not occur to him those rockets keep coming because of the bloody occupation. These zionists keep asking this stupid question, and no one seems to be responding this way. Obviously no occupation, blockade and collective punishment means no rockets.

    • amigo on July 27, 2014, 1:23 pm

      This video and others like it,are the reason Israel will do it,s utmost to keep international journalists out.(Arab Journalists they just murder).

      That is getting just slightly more difficult after the murder of the 4 boys ? (I get confused with the numbers and incidences , there are so many.) playing football and witnessed by foreign Journalists and how fast that went viral.

      Israel is far less likely to kill foreign Journalists.The hatred for Israel,s policies is on the increase , finally.

  9. Maximus Decimus Meridius on July 27, 2014, 12:15 pm

    It’s interesting. Channel 4’s Facebook page linked to this video yesterday. It got well over a thousand likes and was shared more than 800 times. Then, suddenly, the link went dead. If you clicked on it, you got an ‘Error’ message. However, this morning they reinstated it.

    I’m kind of curious as to what went on. Channel 4 is much more courageous on Palestine than all other UK broadcasters, and Jon Snow in particular is a legend for his regular roasting of obnoxious Israeli propagandists. But I wonder if they thought this was a little bit too ’emotional’, not ‘objective’ enough? It’s all a bit odd, but the good thing is that they did put the video back up, and that in any case, it’s already gone viral.

    As I’ve said before, Jon Snow is a hero, one of the few genuine journalists still working. His C4 colleagues, among them Jonathan Miller, Alex Thompson and Paul Mason, are also wonderful. Snow has previously been a guest at fund-raising dinners for the charity MAP – Medical Aid for Palestinians – so this is not a new thing for him. And it’s wonderful to see how the hasbrats are getting extremely pissed off with Snow showing the humanity of Palestinians and the horror of Israel’s indiscriminate bombing – the C4 FB page is swarming with newly created accounts spewing hasbara, obviously ‘war room’ trolls. But their presence, contrasted with the great humaneness shown by Snow, only makes the spitefulness and nastiness of Israel seem all the more obvious.

  10. Janet Jupiter on July 27, 2014, 12:16 pm

    Yes Israel has an advanced missile system that does not permit the Gazans to fire missiles.
    Shall I go to a Barre studio and punch everyone in the stomach?

    • Cliff on July 27, 2014, 6:03 pm


      How about stop colonizing Palestinian land. How about stop stealing Palestinian water.

      How about you stop killing Palestinian children and civilians in general.

      The power dynamic of this conflict is occupier and colonizer against occupied and colonized.

      Begone troll.

      • Janet Jupiter on July 27, 2014, 7:29 pm

        Israel does not practice anything close to colonialism. Not in your dreams.
        Water? One item on the list to negotiate along with settlements, boarders, Jerusalem, refugees etc.
        Once Israel is recognized and her security is guaranteed.

      • Ron Edwards on July 28, 2014, 9:20 am

        More nonsense. Recognized by whom? According to the Israeli administration, is there or isn’t there a government of the Palestinians, and who is its executive at this moment? Borders? Here’s a white-board and a dry-erase marker, please draw Israel’s borders for me. “Guaranteed” security? What’s that supposed to mean? And if you don’t like “colonialism,” then how about fascism and genocide? If not, why not exactly, using real words?

        Your posts are useless, worthless, thoughtless tripe, along with the other leetspeak-named newcomers here, obviously coached to spray fecal mist more-or-less at random through the comments. Tell us about how you found this site, h’m?

      • Hostage on July 28, 2014, 12:33 pm

        Israel does not practice anything close to colonialism.

        Then why, pray tell, did Israel adopt public laws to retain the subsidiaries of the Jewish Colonial Trust Company as its parastatal organs and its first reserve bank?

        Why did the new State and its parastatal organs acquire the titles to the Jewish colonization association properties owned by the Rothschild and Hirsch organizations? After San Remo, Jabotinsky’s “Iron Wall” explicitly stated that colonization was exactly what the Zionists were doing in Palestine. All of you ignorant dilettantes still try to employ San Remo to excuse your colonization of the territory allocated to the Palestinians.

        Even Yehuda Blum recognized that the very thing the Zionists were doing could only be colonization if it resulted in expulsion of Palestinians from their land or places of residence. He chose to lie about that during his testimony to the US Senate:

        Even the official Red Cross interpretation of article 49 clearly states that the purpose of the provision here under discussion, that is article 49, was to insure that such phenomenon of so-called colonization should not occur.
        It is quite clear in my view that these circumstances have no bearing upon the establishment of Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria if only for the simple reason that the establishment of these settlements does not entail the expulsion of the local population from its land and from its places of residence.

        — See Prof Yehuda Zvi Blum’s testimony to the US Senate in The Colonization of the West Bank Territories by Israel

        Israel has displaced hundreds of thousands of Palestinian Arabs from their lands and places of residence on both sides of the Green Line.

        Water? One item on the list to negotiate along with settlements, boarders, Jerusalem, refugees etc.

        I hate to burst your bubble, but the ICJ rejected the attempts to legalize the forced eviction of the refugees and the establishment of Jewish-only colonies in their place through military attack, occupation, and the Oslo Accords. The Court rejected Dr Alan Baker’s shopworn hasbara and pointed out that the settlements were established in violation of international law, including Article 49(6) of the 4th Geneva Convention. Full stop.

      • Janet Jupiter on July 28, 2014, 2:44 pm

        There is nothing Israel does that is related to the Belgians in Congo or the British in India.
        Lets use a word that is different from colonialism. It is charged and you know it.

      • Hostage on July 28, 2014, 3:44 pm

        There is nothing Israel does that is related to the Belgians in Congo or the British in India.

        If they are completely unrelated then why was there a need for the “Union of Zionist Revisionists” in the Belgian Congo?

        For that matter, Great Britain could always abstain from any vote in which it had a conflict of interest and still rely on its India Colony or one of its other commonwealth colonies, who were all League of Nations members, to prevent the League from adopting any sanctions against abusive Zionist and British colonial policies in Palestine. In addition, the greater part of the 100,000 man force that occupied Palestine up until the bitter end and helped put down the Arab Revolt were colonial forces brought in from India. “Related”? Hell, the examples you’ve cited directly aided and abetted the Zionist colonial program in Palestine.

        Lets use a word that is different from colonialism. It is charged and you know it.

        I know that the United Nations has applied The Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples to Palestine so many times that it’s long-since become a matter of black letter international law. You need to grow-up and learn to deal with the facts and the law without resorting to dissimulation and empty semantical exercises.

    • Citizen on July 28, 2014, 4:56 am

      8 0f Israel’s 10 Iron Dome batteries were 100% paid for by American taxpayers. More cash for Iron Dome is on its way, thanks to US Congress. US was only country in UN to vote against UN agency looking into Israeli war crimes.

  11. Bob_Salad on July 27, 2014, 12:19 pm

    I applaud Channel 4 for doing what the BBC is too afraid to do. The BBC are too scared that the FCC will revoke their BBC America license should they step out of line on Israel.

    • Bumblebye on July 27, 2014, 3:00 pm

      The bbc have put an Israeli in charge of their middle east coverage. Raffi Berg. When I complain I refer to the ‘Israeli censor in charge of the Middle East desk’.
      Some years ago (not sure how many) there was a major falling out between the bbc and GoI over coverage of the P/I issues, and I think they were frozen out for a considerable time. That and other pressures (there exists a website called ‘bbcwatch’ similar in nature to ‘cifwatch’, based in Jerusalem solely to monitor and mount campaigns against any coverage not sufficiently pro-Israel) seem to have ruined them journalistically.

    • crone on July 28, 2014, 2:59 am

      The respected BBC is no more… the Brits are protesting them frequently for their biased Pro-Israel reporting. This from just one protest:

      As the protesters shouted “BBC, shame on you,” Hugh Lanning, Chair of Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), handed in a letter to the BBC’s Director General, Tony Hall. The letter calls on the BBC to reflect the reality of Gaza’s occupation and siege in its reporting. The open letter had been signed by 45,000 people in under a week. Signatories include scholar Noam Chomsky, filmmaker John Pilger, film director Ken Loach, musician Brian Eno, journalist Owen Jones and comedian and filmmaker Jeremy Hardy.

  12. joer on July 27, 2014, 12:46 pm

    I think this unrelenting bombardment of defenseless refugees for the past several weeks have changed things forever. It was too public, too long for the usual excuses to seem anything but obscene. There will be fewer people in public and private who will jump to Israel’s defense, and the ones who do will be crazy or seem crazy. Israel will be associated with slaughter instead of sandals or hummus from now on.

    And on the Palestinian side, I hope there will be less vague talk about ending the occupation(all of Palestine? half of Palestine?) and more definitive talk about a Palestinian Revolution in Palestine. And I also think the BDS movement is going to finally move out of the Soda Stream stage and start getting people more active in civil disobedience and protest now that passion and awareness is heightened.

    • kalithea on July 27, 2014, 7:05 pm

      I hope you’re right. But fyi, the assault on Gaza’s civilians is not over. Israelis are still bombing away there. It appears they haven’t met the kill quota yet.

    • Pixel on July 28, 2014, 12:55 am

      Joer, I agree with you.

      And because I agree with you, I can also agree with NormanF when s/he says:

      “Never in war have we seen more clearly which side is evil and which side is good. “

  13. Kathryn on July 27, 2014, 12:55 pm

    Hug a Terrorist .. Touching initiative from Canada to stand with Palestine kids

    • Pixel on July 28, 2014, 1:01 am


      • Kay24 on July 28, 2014, 7:57 am

        Excellent way to get the point across.

    • Walid on July 28, 2014, 10:08 am

      Great video. Good thing it was in Canada otherwise those sweet kids could have been hurt.

    • Kris on July 28, 2014, 11:52 am

      Thanks for this, Kathryn! It’s great–makes the point so well, and these little girl “terrorists” are so sweet!

  14. subconscious on July 27, 2014, 1:20 pm

    Meanwhile, the Jewish Agency is seeking donations in support of foreign jihadis:
    “Israel calls them the lone soldiers. They are men and women who left their parents behind in places like Ukraine, France, New York, London, Los Angeles and elsewhere to help defend Israel. Since Operation Protective Edge, three lone soldiers have been killed. Some have been injured.
    Donate $150 and receive a copy of the award-winning One Egg Is A Fortune coffee-table cookbook as a free gift!”
    “JAFI [Jewish Agency For Israel] in partnership with the Ministry of Immigration and IDF work together.
    This week, we buried soldiers from Morocco, Russia and Ethiopia here. Soldiers who fought for the Jewish nation.”

    • Kay24 on July 27, 2014, 1:40 pm

      Take, take, take.. Israel keeps waging wars, attacking it’s powerless neighbors, blows up thousands of civilians with US made weapons, and has inflicted suffering on those they occupy, and the world must keep stepping in to bail them out of the misery THEY chose to be in. Why the hell can’t they stop the illegal settlements and occupation, and work for peace? Enough of the excuses.

      Israel drops manure, and the US (and other nations) must keep cleaning it up.

      It is not anti-semitic to say NO to this war monger. Time we did.

    • just on July 27, 2014, 1:43 pm


      “It’s believed there are approximately 750 Americans currently serving in the Israeli military, according to the New York-based Friends of IDF. The group raises funds for the cultural, recreational and social needs of Israeli soldiers.

      Although there are no firm numbers of those who have signed up in recent days, the interest level of Americans seems to have increased amid the escalating conflict between Israel and Hamas, according to Orit Mizner, southwest regional director for Friends of Israel Scouts, an organization that helps North American Jews stay connected to Israel.

      “Those kind of phone calls keep on coming. … There’s definitely a sense of the need to be in Israel and a need to take part in what’s going on,” said Mizner, whose organization runs a program called Garin Tzabar, which helps facilitate Americans’ entry into the IDF.”

      Video included. Thanks to Felice and the many others that protested at FIDF!

      • Kay24 on July 27, 2014, 1:52 pm

        I wonder if these loyal Israelis that happen to live and feed off the US, felt the same stirrings of need to serve in the US armed forces.
        Or do birthright visits make them feel so devoted to their mothership.

      • just on July 27, 2014, 1:58 pm

        What I wonder is whether any US citizen can go fight for the Palestinian resistance…

        Does anyone know? Are Palestinian Americans allowed to do that?

      • Kathryn on July 27, 2014, 2:24 pm

        I imagine if there is any suspiscion that a Palestinian American was going to go back to fight for the resistance, he would at least risk being considered a “terrorist” i.e. supporter of Hamas with all that would entail in the US

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius on July 27, 2014, 2:59 pm

        Or to provide a more accurate parallel, what would happen if an Iranian-American joined the Revolutionary Guard? Hamas are regarded as a ‘terrorist organisation’ so it’s not really the same thing. But I highly doubt if an American citizen died fighting for Iran, or any Arab nation, that John Kerry would visit his parents and offer personal condolences on Twitter. In fact, the parents would probably be arrested.

      • Citizen on July 28, 2014, 5:13 am

        I’d bet in the case of an American joining the Palestinian resistance, the US courts would find that American by direct implication in joining/aiding/abetting HAMAS intended to give up his or her US citizenship because HAMAS is officially on US terrorist list.

      • Kathryn on July 27, 2014, 2:21 pm

        “There’s definitely a sense of the need to be in Israel and a need to take part in what’s going on ”

        Is there a need to take part in whats going on…or the need for a job? Have you seen the US unemployment numbers lately?

      • seafoid on July 27, 2014, 6:25 pm

        Elizabeth Tsurkov @Elizrael

        Israeli racists sing last night “School is out in Gaza/ They have no children left there” (starting 00:46)

      • just on July 27, 2014, 6:31 pm

        Who are the uncivilized ones again?

      • seafoid on July 27, 2014, 6:33 pm

        Twitter just confirms all those Haaretz reports on the slow breakdown of Israeli society as it descends (nicely opposing the concept of aliyah) into fascism .

      • seafoid on July 27, 2014, 6:51 pm

        Regev becomes collateral damage on BBC2 (UK)


      • just on July 27, 2014, 7:03 pm

        day- um! His ‘signature composure’ goes kaput, his voice cracks and becomes a whinny.

        more please– Penhaul and Sidner did a good job on him on CNN, too.

      • can of worms on July 28, 2014, 2:45 am

        @seafoid (re: link to
        note: their invective here is actually against Palestinian Israeli CITIZENS.
        The ones being targeted are tokens like Tibi and Zuabi; indeed the rally speaks fear of equal civil rights in Israel proper.
        This is israel is israel’s heart of darkness–

    • Pixel on July 28, 2014, 1:02 am


      “Donate $150 and receive a copy of the award-winning One Egg Is A Fortune coffee-table cookbook as a free gift!”

      This is a joke, right?

      • Pixel on July 28, 2014, 1:34 am
      • subconscious on July 28, 2014, 11:48 am


        I provided the link; check their description.

  15. subconscious on July 27, 2014, 2:27 pm

    Contrast Jon Snow with CBS’s Bob Schieffer. In his commentary on today’s (7/27/14) Face the Nation, Schieffer blames the Gaza conflict on Hamas terrorists getting their own kids killed for sympathy, which he says is working “in some [gullible] quarters,” and then cites the well-known Golda Meir quote (which he’s just discovered) about Arabs forcing Israel to kill their babies being worse than their killing of Israeli babies:
    Is there any difference between his commentary and Netanyahu’s analysis? People should complain about the racism in his commentary.
    This program also included interviews w/ Netanyahu, “Benjamin Netanyahu denounces Hamas for violating cease-fire agreements,” and Khaled Meshaal, “Will Hamas recognize Israel as a Jewish state?”:

    • Kathryn on July 27, 2014, 2:58 pm

      The display of the biggest reason why most people no longer listen to/watch the MSM they ALL toe the speaking points given to them by their governments, whether it be on Gaza or Russia.

      Golda Meir also said
      “There is no such thing as a Palestinian people… It is not as if we came and threw them out and took their country. They didn’t exist.” – Golda Meir, statement to The Sunday Times, 15 June, 1969.

      “How can we return the occupied territories? There is nobody to return them to.” – Golda Meir, March 8, 1969.

      “This country exists as the fulfillment of a promise made by God Himself. It would be ridiculous to ask it to account for its legitimacy.” – Golda Meir, Le Monde, 15 October 1971

      “[The Palestinians] are beasts walking on two legs.”-Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, speech to the Knesset, quoted in Amnon Kapeliouk, “Begin and the ‘Beasts,”‘ New Statesman, June 25, 1982.

      • Hostage on July 28, 2014, 10:08 am

        It is not as if we came and threw them out and took their country. They didn’t exist.” – Golda Meir, statement to The Sunday Times, 15 June, 1969.

        She was lying:

        “Zionists want to settle in our country and expel us from it”

        — extract from a nationalist manifesto written by “a Palestinian”, dated 1914, entitled “General Summons to Palestinians – Beware Zionist Danger” cited in Neville J. Mandel, “The Arabs and Zionism Before World War I”, University of California Press, 1976.

    • Kris on July 27, 2014, 6:30 pm

      @subconscious, Thank you for the links. I emailed Face the Nation to complain about Schieffer’s racism and ignorance.

      • subconscious on July 28, 2014, 12:10 pm


        Thanks for writing them. What’s really ridiculous is that this “seasoned journalist” doesn’t even try to strike a formal “balance” and, even if in a lame manner, present “both sides.” He simply reflects the most extreme Israeli view of the conflict, doesn’t even bother w/ paying lip service to complaints of the other side, and essentially calls those falling for dead Palestinian babies as fools (unlike himself).
        I haven’t yet watched the interviews on that program w/ Netanyahu & Meshaal, which I linked to, but the titles are suggestive. Netanyahu expresses his view of the current conflict, but the essential question for Meshaal to answer, even given the current killings, is recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.

      • annie on July 28, 2014, 2:02 pm

        essential according to whom?

      • subconscious on July 28, 2014, 2:51 pm

        @Annie Robbins,

        According to the CBS interviewer, apparently. I was referring to the title of the Face the Nation interview w/ Meshaal, which I linked to.

  16. lonely rico on July 27, 2014, 2:42 pm

    Operation Cast Lead (2008-09) :
    318 Palestinian children murdered. Thousands maimed.
    Operation Protective Edge (2014) :
    ??? Palestinian children murdered. Thousands maimed.

    “Massacre of innocent people is a serious matter. It is not
    a thing to be easily forgotten. It is our duty to cherish their
    memory” Gandhi, 1947

    I will never forget.
    I will cherish their memory.

  17. Kathryn on July 27, 2014, 3:13 pm

    Golda Meir met secretly with King Abdullah of Transjordan on 17 November 1947 and, in return for Abdullah’s agreement not to interfere with the establishment of the Jewish state, committed Israel to turning a blind eye to Abdullah’s ambition to annex that Arab part of the partitioned Palestine known today as the West Bank.

    The Deir Yassin massacre took place on April 9, 1948, when around 120 fighters from the Irgun Zevai Leumi and Lohamei Herut Israel Zionist paramilitary groups attacked Deir Yassin near Jerusalem, a Palestinian Arab village of roughly 600 people. The assault occurred as Jewish militia sought to relieve the blockade of Jerusalem by Palestinian forces during the civil war that preceded the end of British rule in Palestine.

    This lead up to the Dier Yassin massacre 1948: Around 107 villagers were killed during and after the battle for the village, including women and children—some were shot, while others died when hand grenades were thrown into their homes.

    Also she would have been deeply ivolved with Plan Dalet

    How destruction of Gaza was planned over six decades ago

  18. OlegR on July 27, 2014, 3:59 pm

    Lets talk about this for a second

  19. justicewillprevail on July 27, 2014, 5:57 pm

    You really ought to put the link to Jon’s blog in your piece:

    The one which has garnered all the attention is his heartbreaking reflection on leaving Gaza, as he returned to safety and complacency, leaving behind the suffering of ordinary people who are offered no help from the outside world. And just to rub it in, the chicken-hearted IDF saw fit to trash his laptop in a typical act of petty humiliation, the type of thing the occupation specialises in, just so you know who is boss and they can do what they like:

    Also worth noting is his shattering descriptions of the injured tiny children, Nema, Noradin and Maha. “This is the birth place of saints and the death yard of angels.”

    To their credit Channel 4 published this searing account in English, Hebrew and Arabic.

    Snow believes passionately that reporting the effects of this devastation is vital:
    “The world is witnessing what is happening in Gaza. There is bound to be judgement.”

    Also worth noting is fellow journalist Paul Mason’s C4 blog:

    Particularly why Israel is losing the social media war:

    and what to say to a 20 year old Israeli soldier who asks why the world hates israel:

    • RoHa on July 27, 2014, 10:01 pm

      It looks to me as though Channel 4 is backing Snow, which is a good thing. I doubt they will change their mind.

      I think Snow’s position is as close to unassailable as a reporter can get. As far as the British public is concerned, he is Channel 4 news*. A convenient car accident is the only way Channel 4 could get rid of him. (That’s assuming they wanted to, which I don’t.) Anything else would destroy 4’s reputation.

      Of course, some Murky Outside Force* who didn’t care about the reputation of Channel 4 could try cooking up paedophilia charges or a stray bullet, but that is a risk any reporter has to face.

      (*But what Murky Outside Force could possibly want to silence him?)

  20. Kay24 on July 27, 2014, 6:15 pm

    Sara Sidner asks how can Israel be sure their “lone mortar fire” did NOT kill civilians? From that video, no one can say for sure if anyone was there, and how can they be sure that the shrapnel did not kill anyone, when they claim they thought it could have injured civilians. Lies, more lies and damn lies by Israel.
    Good for Sara to ask these questions. Let us keep in mind Israel immediately blamed Hamas for this – knowing fully well it was their damned weapon that was sent there. The idiots seem to imply that those who were rushed to hospital with shrapnel wounds were lying about the injuries. I guess those who were killed did it to themselves too.
    Or are their forces out of control and they bomb anyplace they like?

  21. seafoid on July 27, 2014, 6:24 pm

    Israel loses control in Gaza

    Gideon Rachman | Jul 25 10:48 | Comment | Share

    “Israel set itself clear goals when it launched its assault on Gaza. Stop the rocket fire into Israel and close the tunnels that might allow Hamas to infiltrate fighters into Israel. Some 18 days into the offensive, and these goals have not yet been achieved. But that is not the only sign that Israel’s Gaza offensive is going wrong. On the contrary, there are multiple signs that Israel is losing control of the situation:

    1. After a slow start, international outrage about the Gaza offensive is building. The international reaction had been relatively muted – perhaps because there are so many other competing horrors in the Middle East. (Some 700 people were killed in just two days fighting in Syria, last week.) As my colleague Roula Khalaf points out, Hamas has also lost crucial political support across the Arab world. The coincidence of the Gaza and Ukraine crises also probably took the pressure off Israel, briefly. But the shelling of the UN school in Gaza yesterday may mark some form of tipping point – with much stronger statements coming from the UN Secretary-General and Gaza dominating the headlines in Europe.

    2. Unrest has spread to the West Bank. If the riots last night are repeated, then Israel risks facing a third intifada. The Gazan offensive will then have comprehensively back-fired, by ending a prolonged period of relative calm enjoyed by Israel.

    3. The revival of Hamas: At the start of the Gaza offensive, Hamas was in an extremely weak position. It had lost vital support from Egypt and Iran, and enjoyed little sympathy in the west. But by successfully prolonging the fight with Israel – and even briefly all-but closing Ben Gurion airport – Hamas has chalked up some important propaganda victories. If it can get some sort of lifting of the Gaza blockade agreed – as part of the cease-fire negotiations – it will certainly be able to claim some sort of victory.

    4. Israeli military casualties – while small compared to the toll of Palestinian deaths – are still shocking to the Israeli public. This is a small country with a civilian army.

    If the Israeli government accepts a ceasefire, without achieving its goals and stopping the rockets, it will face a fierce domestic backlash. But the longer the fighting continues, the more the international backlash against Israel will grow – and the greater the chance that Israel will face a Palestinian uprising on the West Bank”

  22. seafoid on July 27, 2014, 7:00 pm

    The Jon Snow video at the top is magnificent.

    Zionism is going to fall. Justice is bigger than Israeli Jewish nihilism.

  23. kalithea on July 27, 2014, 9:01 pm

    Lying pompous ass Regev torpedoed the lie that came out today that this was a supposed lone errant mortar. He says right here that they repeatedly warned the U.N. to evacuate. So they were planning to hit it all along! And when the U.N. asked for time to evacuate; they got no response. So they knew the civilians were there; they ignored their request for time and they didn’t care squat! And they fired away anyway. Besides, they lied from the day this school was hit trying to lay the blame on Hamas.

    War crime.

  24. Pixel on July 28, 2014, 1:42 am

    @ seafoid “Regev becomes collateral damage on BBC2 (UK)”

    Watching Regev and Oren over the past couple of days seems like deja vu. I haven’t seen interviewees with that much blinking, eyelid fluttering, and facial twitching since Chris Hansen “chatted up” perps in NBC’s, “To Catch a Predator”.

    • Citizen on July 28, 2014, 5:22 am

      Great analogy. It’s like a Joan Rivers joke.

    • Kay24 on July 28, 2014, 8:06 am

      They are looking more and more like liars, and their justifications for killing civilians sound hollow. When they say Israel is concerned about civilians killed and that they are taking care not to, it sounds stupid, and lies, because they have killed over 800 civilians, maimed thousands, and they are mostly children. So facts do not tally with the talking points. They should just pack up and go back into the sewers where they all belong. Today a spokesperson for the Bibi regime, dissed Oren by saying his opinions are those of a private citizen. Heh.

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