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BBC: Journalism Is About Compassion Too - Blocking Ads for Humanitarian Aid to GAZA- The Petition Site

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the BBC refuses to allow the Disasters Emergency Committee to broadcast an appeal for aid. We agree with Government Health Minister Ben Bradshaw, who says the reasons the BBC has given for blocking an appeal for humanitarian aid are "completely feeble"

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Eleanor B (909)
Saturday January 24, 2009, 11:41 am
I have e-mailed the BBC and made a strong complaint. I have signed the petition.

Elderberry T (201)
Saturday January 24, 2009, 1:51 pm
Emailed and signed TY Cheryl

Bronwyn H (228)
Saturday January 24, 2009, 2:34 pm
Noted and petition signed. Comments also sent to petition sponsor.

Elisa M (93)
Saturday January 24, 2009, 4:19 pm

It is incomprehensible. Shame on the BBC.

Petition signed, letter being sent. TY Cheryl

Simon Wood (207)
Saturday January 24, 2009, 9:40 pm
When Israel stops its oppression against the people of Palestine, and when Israel agrees to the 2-state solution, including the right for Palestinian refugees to return, then there will be a lasting peace.

Simon Wood (207)
Saturday January 24, 2009, 9:51 pm
When the USA stops supporting Israel (e.g. stops the annual $3 billion military aid to Israel), then Israel will be forced to stop its aggressive, expansionist and genocidal policies.

Cheryl B (375)
Sunday January 25, 2009, 1:17 am
I forwarded to Viva Palestina,G. Galloway's site to get more signatures. there is an outrage, here is an updated:

Convoy update: 24th January 2009

Enormous pressure on BBC
Gaza worse than Darfur
They already know we are coming

The International Committee of the Red Cross has declared the humanitarian crisis in Gaza to be worse than Darfur.

Hatem Shurrab, an aid worker in Gaza, says:
"It is only now that we can assess the real damage to Gaza, as all areas are now accessible.
"The UN has said it will cost billions to rebuild Gaza.
"This is something that aid agencies alone cannot do.
"We need to meet the immediate needs of people, to provide them with food, water, shelter, medicine and blankets."
It is at just this time that the BBC is refusing to broadcast an appeal for aid by the 13-strong group of charities that makes up Disasters Emergency Relief. Hunge numbers of people have called the BBC to complain and we urge you to do so on 03700 100 222. So outrageous is the BBC's position that even government ministers are calling on them to reconsider. Pressure now can make a difference - Tony Benn, George Galloway and others were to hand in a letter and lead a protest at the BBC organised by the Stop the War Coalition today.
The BBC's ban on aid tells us everything about the massacre of the Palestinians people in Gaza. It is not some natural disaster. It is politically driven mass murder.
That's why the convoy has two purposes. First to contribute to the aid effort that the BBC among others is trying to block. But secondly, it is to smash the propaganda blockade of Gaza. It is to raise the banner from London to Egypt of freedom for the Palestinian people. We want to create the permanent political pressure needed in Britain to shake the establishment from its pro-Israel bias.
People in Gaza understand that and are telling us so as they hear of our undertaking. Please help make it a success.
We now have 21 confirmed vehicles and help coming in from as far afield as Australia and Florida

For further information contact or visit or phone 07958 450 867

Cheryl B (375)
Sunday January 25, 2009, 3:40 am
dateSun, Jan 25, 2009 at 5:41 AM
subjectRE: petition started by Palestine Mothers re. BBC blockign Aid to Gaza, DEC, please forawrd

hide details 5:41 AM (56 minutes ago) Reply

Thanks for that will put it on our website.


Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2009 04:14:04 -0500
Subject: petition started by Palestine Mothers re. BBC blockign Aid to Gaza, DEC, please forawrd

nurith k (93)
Sunday January 25, 2009, 7:50 am
it is not just the bbc and others, the f.. german chancelor angela merkel is not even sending aid to gaza, but spends billions of taxpayers money on corrupt and thiving bankmanagers!!! may she rott in hell, that b....

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Sunday January 25, 2009, 10:13 am
Apparently, the protests have been heard --Update from the Guardian:

Archbishop of Canterbury Joins Criticism of BBC Refusal to Screen Gaza Appeal

Corporation receives 11,000 complaints and 50 MPs plan to back motion calling on BBC to change its mind over aid film

The Archbishop of Canterbury today added to criticism of the BBC over its refusal to broadcast a charity appeal for aid to Gaza.

He spoke as it emerged the BBC had received some 11,000 complaints and more than 50 MPs planned to back a parliamentary motion urging the corporation to reverse its decision not to broadcast tomorrow's appeal by the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC).

Yesterday, the Archbishop of York, the John Sentamu, accused the broadcaster of "taking sides" and said: "This is not a row about impartiality, but rather about humanity.

The BBC's unrepentant stance has stirred up rebellion in the ranks of it own reporters and editors. One senior BBC news presenter told the Observer: "I've been talking to colleagues, and everyone here is absolutely seething about this.

Neil S (2)
Sunday January 25, 2009, 12:44 pm
I've just made my first ever formal complaint to the BBC at their Complaints site:
"Dear Sir / Madam
I was dismayed to hear that the BBC had determined that the DEC appeal for humanitarian aid to Gaza was “political" and would not be aired.
While the situation in Gaza is clearly driven by politics, the issue of aid is clearly humanitarian. These two things should not be confused. By refusing this advert I believe that the BBC has acted politically and directly discriminated against the people of Gaza in a wholly unacceptable manner. I wonder whether this policy decision was taken following due consideration of an Equality Impact Assessment?
I am a passionate supporter of the BBC and would willingly pay a much higher license fee to enable the BBC’s usually excellent and non-partisan approach to journalism and entertainment to continue.
As an organisation you have enabled many previous appeals for other people in dire need of compassion and humanitarian aid. I should like to know how the appeal and needs of the people of Gaza are any different to the previously allowed appeals?
I would argue strongly that you have no justifiable or logical reason for refusing to air the DEC Gaza humanitarian appeal. As a license payer, I ask that you reconsider your decision and allow the humanitarian appeal to go ahead.
Yours truly,
Neil Savage"

Linda B (71)
Sunday January 25, 2009, 7:06 pm
Signed and noted. Shame on them!

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Monday January 26, 2009, 2:13 am

Only 299 signatures ! Amazing as it seems, we're far from the goal of 5,000.

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Monday January 26, 2009, 5:00 am

This is YouTube link to an inspiring on-the-air exchange between Tony Benn and a BBC journalist, during which the address for Gaza aid is displayed on the screen and Benn gives it orally twice, while arguing tooth and nail against the BBC position.
Tony Benn to BBC "If you wont broadcast the Gaza appeal then I will myself - People will die because of the BBC decision"

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Monday January 26, 2009, 5:12 am

I forgot to add 'BRAVO !' to Benn, who got a lot of information across in a most compelling way, including the BBC's caving in to Israeli opposition, as well as Foreign Minister Livni's unconscionable statement that there was no humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Appalling !

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday February 10, 2009, 8:43 pm
This explains a lot...

Pro-Israel media: Bloggers join media war

"Some 1,000 new immigrants and foreign-language-speaking Jews volunteer to army of bloggers set up by Absorption Ministry and Foreign Ministry with the stated objective of flooding blogs with pro-Israel opinions...In the cross hairs are problematic blogs, talkbacks, online social networks, online polls, Youtube videos, and more...',7340,L-3663679,00.html

The Absorption Ministry is recruiting new immigrants and Jews living abroad who have access to a computer and who speak a second language to a volunteer effort to improve public relations for Israel on the internet. The campaign was launched last week.

In the cross hairs are problematic blogs, talkbacks, online social networks, online polls, Youtube videos, and more.

The ministry was amazed by the massive response to the effort. More than 1,000 interested applicants contacted them, of which 350 are Russian speakers, 250 English speakers, 150 Spanish speakers, 100 French speakers, and 50 German speakers.

A range of other European languages are also represented among the volunteers: Portuguese, Swedish, Dutch, Italian, Romanian, Hungarian, Polish, Greek, Bulgarian, and Danish. Persian-, Turkish-, and Arabic-speaking Jews also offered their services. The ministry even got an application from a Chinese speaker.

Some 60% of the applicants are immigrants, old and new. The rest are Jews living in the Diaspora, Israelis living abroad, and even non-Jews who support Israel and want to help out.

The Absorption Ministry forwarded the volunteers' details to the Foreign Ministry, which briefed them via email and provided up-to-date material on the situation, including video clips that could help them in the field.

While the Absorption Ministry is tasked with recruitment, the Foreign Ministry will be responsible for directing the volunteers online. Each time the ministry identifies an anti-Israel trend on a foreign-language blog, news site, or other website, it will immediately put out a message to the volunteers to flood the site with pro-Israel opinions.

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Wednesday February 11, 2009, 3:25 am
Impressive, Blue, very impressive. Wow!

Blue Bunting (855)
Sunday February 15, 2009, 5:19 pm
Israel deliberately blocked aid: UNOfficial says UN stocks sabotaged; Olmert wants pullout 'ASAP'

How Social Media War Was Waged in Gaza-Israel Conflict

"If I were an Arab leader, I would never sign an agreement with Israel. It is normal; we have taken their country. It is true God promised it to us, but how could that interest them? Our God is not theirs. There has been Anti - Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault ? They see but one thing: we have come and we have stolen their country. Why would they accept that?" -- David Ben Gurion

Nacib Hamida (0)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 9:15 am
No one could hide the truth, so stop trying!

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