UN on Hamas genocide

Why is it that this country’s rulers have this unerring habit of backing the wrong side in every conflict? They did it in the days of Lawrence of Arabia, they’re still doing it. Is there anyone left in this country who trusts the MSM to get anything right, that it will be honest?

Let me refine the question – is there anyone in this country who still thinks the BBC is fair and unbiased? The grounds on which this is going up at OoL is the second half of the post – about the culpable media.

First the UN statement, leaving no one in any doubt [click and click again to enlarge]:

Ban Ki-moon statement

Then a petition to the UNHRC over the matter. and we might even include ISIS and Boko Haram in this.

Then a pic:

Displaced Palestinian woman doing washing in the grounds of the hospital, July 27th:

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Then the fine detail:

The idea that one of Hamas’ main command bunkers is located beneath Shifa Hospital in Gaza City is one of the worst-kept secrets of the Gaza war. So why aren’t reporters in Gaza ferreting it out? The precise location of a large underground bunker equipped with sophisticated communications equipment and housing some part of the leadership of a major terrorist organization beneath a major hospital would seem to qualify as a world-class scoop—the kind that might merit a Pulitzer, or at least a Polk.

So why isn’t the fact that Hamas uses Shifa Hospital as a command post making headlines? In part, it’s because the location is so un-secret that Hamas regularly meets with reporters there. On July 15, for example, William Booth of the Washington Post wrote that the hospital “has become a de facto headquarters for Hamas leaders, who can be seen in the hallways and offices.” Back in 2006, PBS even aired a documentary showing how gunmen roam the halls of the hospital, intimidate the staff, and deny them access to protected locations within the building—where the camera crew was obviously prohibited from filming. Yet the confirmation that Hamas is using Gaza City’s biggest hospital as its de facto headquarters was made in the last sentence of the eighth paragraph of Booth’s story—which would appear to be the kind of rookie mistake that is known in journalistic parlance as “burying the lede.”

But Booth is no rookie—he’s an experienced foreign reporter, which means that he buried the lede on purpose. Why? Well, one reason might be that the “security sources” quoted whenever the location of the Hamas command bunker is mentioned—which, as evidenced by this 2009 article by the excellent and highly experienced foreign correspondent Steven Erlanger of the New York Times, happens every time there’s a war in Gaza—are obviously Israelis, not members of Hamas. It might be hard to believe the Israelis, the simple logic might run, since they obviously have an investment in arguing that Hamas is using hospitals and schools as human shields.

The Israelis are so sure about the location of the Hamas bunker, however, not because they are trying to score propaganda points, or because it has been repeatedly mentioned in passing by Western reporters—but because they built it. Back in 1983, when Israel still ruled Gaza, they built a secure underground operating room and tunnel network beneath Shifa hospital—which is one among several reasons why Israeli security sources are so sure that there is a main Hamas command bunker in or around the large cement basement beneath the area of Building 2 of the Hospital, which reporters are obviously prohibited from entering.

Hamas obviously has no interest in having a photo-layout of one of its command bunkers beneath Shifa Hospital splashed on the front pages of newspapers. After all, such pictures would show that the organization uses the sick and wounded of Gaza as human shields while launching missiles against Israeli civilians. What Hamas wants is for reporters to use very different pictures from Shifa—namely, photos of Palestinians killed and wounded by Israelis, which make Palestinians look like innocent victims of wanton Israeli brutality.

To that end, the rules of reporting from Shifa Hospital are easy for any newbie reporter to understand: No pictures of members of Hamas with their weapons inside the hospital, and don’t go anywhere near the bunkers, or the operating rooms where members of Hamas are treated. While reporters can meet with members of Hamas inside the hospital—because it’s obviously convenient for everyone—they are not allowed to take pictures. Reporters inside Gaza who are risking their lives to bring the world whatever news they can should hardly be blamed for obeying Hamas’ media rules, which the organization has helpfully written down in case anyone has doubts about what they are permitted to show.

Reporters who bravely or foolishly violate Hamas’ rules even on their social media accounts can be seen to repent with such alacrity that it’s not difficult to imagine how scared and dependent they are. Nick Casey of the Wall Street Journal, for example, tweeted that “You have to wonder w the shelling how patients at Shifa hospital feel as Hamas uses it as a safe place to see media.” Casey then quickly deleted his tweet, which didn’t save him from being put on a list of journalists who “lie/fabricate info for Israel” and “must be sued” – a threat which is surely the least of Casey’s fears. Last week, French-Palestinian journalist Radjaa Abu Dagg was summoned to Shifa by Hamas and interrogated. He wrote about the experience of “attempted intimidation” for Liberation—and then quickly had the paper take down the article.

7 comments for “UN on Hamas genocide

  1. Old Geezer
    July 31, 2014 at 10:32 am

    If the journalists had any sense of honesty, they would walk out of Gaza, saying that if they cannot report truthfully, they will not report at all.

    • Lord T
      July 31, 2014 at 12:51 pm

      If they had any sense of honesty they would be doing what they were paid for by default.

      Journalists are up there with Politicians and Lawyers while estate agents plummet down the list of crooks. It’s just most of the world think they are still good guys.

  2. Rossa
    July 31, 2014 at 2:43 pm
  3. Viscount Rectum
    July 31, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    As you may know Lawrence of Arabia was murdered, he was a trusted man by all Arabs, a Arab delegation was going to meet him to ask him to lead a unified Arab state from Egypt to the Turkish border from the Med to Persia, if he lived Israel would not exist, the same fate befell Admiral James Forrestal who opposed the setting up of the state of Israel on the grounds it would be forever surrounded by enemies, if you want to know how nice the Israelies can be their friends look up USS LIBERTY.

  4. Furor Teutonicus
    August 1, 2014 at 10:14 am

    XX when Israel still ruled Gaza, they built a secure underground operating room (Operating as in surgery, or as in military ops? You can never tell with the imbicilic educational levels of the media these days) and tunnel network beneath Shifa hospitalXX

    And no one has bothered to ask why THEY built a command bunker under a hospital????

    • August 1, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      That’s easy. So one day Hamas might take over and say: “Oh look, a bunker.”

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