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UN Reports the Truth: Hamas Killed BBC Reporter's Baby in Gaza

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The United Nations has issued a report with unusual courage and accuracy that plainly tells the tale of Israel's Pillar of Defense counter terror operation - and exposes the lies of Hamas, told to a grieving father and his BBC bureau chief.

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Beth S (330)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 6:36 pm
The UN has issued a report that plainly explains Israel’s Pillar of Defense operation and exposes Hamas lies to the BBC.

In what has become typical of international media, The Washington Post and a BBC bureau chief last November accused and convicted the Israel Defense Forces in a heartrending, angry piece without verifying their information after a fellow editor in Gaza lost his baby son in rocket fire that struck his home.

The front page photo of an Arab stringer for a world-class news network, clutching his dead baby son in his arms, tears running down his cheeks, became a powerful icon of the tragedy of the conflict.

It was used by Hamas as propaganda to blacken Israel’s name in the media and politically in the international arena as it fought to defend its southern population against Gaza’s missile fire.

But apparently very few questioned the source of the rocket fire – certainly not the grieving father, Jihad Misharawi, who at his son’s funeral blamed “the Jews” – nor did BBC Middle East bureau chief Paul Danahar, who came to Gaza to support his colleague, or The Washington Post, which printed the story, written by Max Fisher and "foreign staff", with photos, published on the front page.

Photos of the damaged home were duly posted, along with a photo of the little child, who is indeed beautiful, and the heartbreaking photo of a grieving father carrying what appears to be his dead son wrapped in shrouds.

“An Israeli round hit Misharawi’s four-room home in Gaza Wednesday, killing his son, according to BBC Middle East bureau chief Paul Danahar, who arrived in Gaza earlier that Thursday,” Fisher reported in his article along with the paper’s “foreign staff” on November 15. “Misharawi’s sister-in-law was also killed, and his brother wounded. Misharawi told Danahar that, when the round landed, there was no fighting in his residential neighborhood.

“We’re all one team in Gaza,” Danahar told me,” Fisher wrote, “saying that Misharawi is a BBC video and photo editor. After spending a ‘few hours’ with his grieving colleague, he wrote on Twitter, ‘Question asked here is: If Israel can kill a man riding on a moving motorbike (as they did last month), how did Jihad’s son get killed.”

Answer: Jihad’s son was killed by Hamas, according to independent investigators from the United Nations. He was murdered by the journalist’s own neighbors, the very men who purport to be his biggest protectors, who live in the surrounding buildings in the city where he lives.

According to the advanced version of its report released by the U.N. Human Rights Council released late last week, “On 14 November, a woman, her 11-month-old infant, and an 18-year-old adult in Al-Zaitoun were killed by what appeared to be a Palestinian rocket that fell short of Israel.”

A footnote to the section says the case was personally investigated by the U.N. OHCHR, and that investigators believe the attack emanated from Hamas.

The terrorist organization – as well as its allied terrorist groups, such as the Islamic Jihad – is well known for launching attacks against Israel from within residential areas in Gaza and maximizing the use of its human shields.

The U.N. document reveals Gaza terrorists fired more than 1,500 rockets at Israel between November 14-21, 2012. For the first time, a number of the missiles reached Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Six Israelis were killed, including four civilians, and 239 Israelis were wounded. Gaza terrorists readily admitted to aiming at civilian targets.

“While some projectiles were directed at military objectives, many, if not the vast majority of the Palestinian attacks on Israel constituted indiscriminate attacks,” noted the report. “Such attacks violate international humanitarian law".

"Most rockets fired by the armed groups did not seem to be directed at a specific military objective. Furthermore many Palestinian armed groups directly and indirectly indicated their determination to – and took responsibility for – attacks on Israeli civilians or large population centers in Israel. Such acts clearly violate international humanitarian law, namely the principle of distinction...

“Another issue of serious concern during the crisis was allegations related to rocket attacks launched by Palestinian armed groups from populated areas in Gaza...some of these rockets may have been launched from underground tunnels....eyewitnesses informed OHCHR that on two occasions rockets were launched from an area south of Palestine Stadium in Gaza City, about 100 meters from a residential area...OHCHR received first-hand information indicating that rockets were fired from areas close to civilian buildings in the east of Gaza City... about 300 meters from several residential houses.

“Launching attacks from populated areas constitutes a violation of customary rules of international humanitarian law, i.e. the obligation to take all precautions to protect civilians. By having done so, the civilian population’s exposure to the inherent dangers of the military operations taking place around them was greatly heightened.

"The real questions should be, 'Will The Washington Post print a retraction in the same location as its captivating erroneous front page article? An apology? A new photo? How will BBC bureau chief Paul Danahar respond to this U.N. report, and how to correct the erroneous reports he may have disseminated?,'" Israeli veteran journalist and Middle East analyst Hana Levi Julian pointed out.

"Just a few years ago, a BBC bureau chief was kidnapped by a Gaza terrorist organization and held hostage for nearly five months, his life hanging in the balance. By a miracle, negotiators managed to free him and his life was spared," Julian noted.

"With terrorists breathing down this news organization's neck, scrutinizing the actions of each of its local reporters, can the BBC allow itself to report objectively in Gaza?"

Stan B (123)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 11:20 pm
Unfortunately the damage was done with the original, untrue story.
The BBC doesn't need an excuse not to be objective, Beth.

Beth S (330)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 11:25 pm

I thought the BBC was British Broadcasting Crap, which its lived up to very well I think, especially when having to do with Israel and the Palestinians.

Someone asked me if I read fiction, and I said no, unless you included the BBC and the Washington Post.

Jaime Alves (52)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 8:54 am
Noted, thanks Beth.

Jaime Alves (52)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 8:56 am
BBC is most of the times anti-jewish, perhaps they have a hidden agenda.!!

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 9:02 am
The BBC only tell you what the government here want you to know Yes most is crap !thats why we never get the truth of whats going on in our country We have to read American or Australia news media to find out the truth

Noted thanks


Past Member (0)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 9:31 am
It's still being debated with the argument that if it had been Hamas they would have apologized to the father!

Ira Herson (13)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 2:01 pm
Once upon a time the BBC were one of the most credible sources for real news. Today they have become like Faux News. The level of Muslim influence and the Antisemitic nature of the British government has conspired to present the worst possible view of Israel, Jews and Zionism.

It is despicable that they would use the death of a child and the grief of a family for their evil hate fulled purposes.

Shame on the BBC and the Washington Post., Shame on the Muslims that use their people in such a heartless manner.

Sandra ;atterson (59)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 4:56 pm

Theodore Shayne (56)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 5:23 pm
Why should Hamas be any different than Arafat was? Whether it was Lebanon or Gaza if you crossed him you were persona non grata forever. The Arabs are very good at spinning PR. You do remember the Alleged Massacre at Jenin? Of course that was until CNN aired the three guys acting for the video. After the guy on the stretcher fell of for the third time and walked away in a huff we never heard anymore about it. CNN only showed it once so I guess Christy Ahmanpour must have raised hell. Then of course there was the child shot deliberately by the Palestinians themselves who blamed the Israelis who were subsequently exonerated by the world court no less. When will the Euros learn this lesson and stop sending them money? It never reaches the people but it does go into the Palestinian 1%s Swiss bank accounts or to buy more weapons. Forget about schools and hospitals and Islamic reform.

Beth S (330)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 5:26 pm
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pam w (139)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 8:59 pm
It's been well-documented that Palestinians have faked ''news'' events to make Israel look culpable!

Thanks to the BBC for being honest!

This is an important story and it shouldn't be overlooked......

Ro H (0)
Friday March 15, 2013, 5:33 am

David E (139)
Friday March 15, 2013, 6:29 am
The term "Pallywood" refers to the staging of scenes by Palestinian journalists in order to present the Palestinians as hapless victims of Israeli aggression. They are able to succeed in this endeavor in large part due to the credulity and eagerness of the Western press to present these images. For more information and examples see:

Beth S (330)
Friday March 15, 2013, 7:59 am
That's exactly right, David. Thanks for the link.

P. L. Neola (21)
Friday March 15, 2013, 11:06 am
Today’s investigative journalism is sloppy and inaccurate.

I found out recently, if someone writes and prints anything truthful but image tarnishing about Obama, that Obama is a very arm-twisting and vindictive individual towards the media source!!!

However, I do not understand why the journalist allowed such false information to be printed in the first place. The Middle East has always been a Hornet’s Nest; however, the bees are swarming a bit more vigorously than usual!!! Something like that could accelerate the violence into uncontrollable!!!

Beth S (330)
Friday March 15, 2013, 1:19 pm
Most of the journalists have been educated in the liberal media and universities, which teach hate and self-loathing of the U.S. To not support a black, liberal president, in their minds is an act of liberal apostasy, plus the Muslim Brotherhood has made enormous gains in placing its people in very high ranks in the government, media and has gained huge amounts of influence.. It's very frightening. Beware.

Judith Hand (55)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 4:14 pm
Noted. I made several cmments, but my computer kept deleting them. Perhaps it's best. May God help the grieving Dad and, if indeed these findings are true, credit to the UN.
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