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Complaint to the BBC about its Pro-Israel Bias

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Devastation in the Omar Al-Mukhtar neighbourhood in Gaza after another Israeli air strike.

I wish to complain about the appalling pro-Israel bias in current news coverage.  Perhaps best illustrated by repeated use of the phrase “Palestinian militants”, which suggest that they ‘favour confrontational or violent methods in support of a political or social cause’ (Oxford Languages).  This is dreadfully one-sided.

Palestine is occupied by force by Israel. According to Human Rights Watch, Israel enforces a policy of apartheid, according to international law ‘a crime against humanity in which one racial group dominates another through intentional, systematic and inhumane acts of oppression.’

It is not Palestinians that are militant, it is the Israeli government.  Palestine acts in self-defence against a brutal, violent occupying force.

BBC News also constantly refers to Israel ‘defending itself’ against Palestinian rockets.  The rockets are launched in self-defence in response to Israeli aggression.  They are a pitiful and courageous response to one of the world’s most technologically advanced armies.  It is quite literally fireworks and catapults against F16s, tanks and guided missile systems.

I could add many more specifics about the bias in BBC coverage. Our political leaders are engaged in the same disinformation, with James Cleverley MP today referring only to ‘Israel defending itself’ and ‘Hamas must stop launching rockets’.  I expect the BBC to report truth, not propaganda and while it must report Cleverley’s deceitful words, it must explain how one-sided they are.  

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May 13, 2021 at 10:21 am

Lazy, Self-Serving, Incompetent MPs Decide To Blame Drug Consumers For The Consequences Of Their Failed Policies.

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David Gauke MP, Justice Secretary

This is the latest propaganda and falsehood in the war on drugs. According to David Gauke MP who is the justice secretary, James Cleverly MP, Dr Sarah Wollaston MP and Cressida Dick , the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, it’s our fault, people who consume drugs, that their failed policies have created a gigantic criminal market which uses violence in its turf wars and takes no responsibility for the quality or safety of its products.

James Cleverly MP

Dr Sarah Wollaston MP

These arrogant fools expect to sit in their ivory towers, issue edicts as to what we may or may not put into our own bodies and expect us to comply as well-behaved, dutiful, worker drones.

Their first duty in government is to protect us and they are failing abysmally.  They should be creating safe, regulated drugs markets where people can buy what they want in civilised conditions knowing that quality is assured, strength is known and proper labelling tells us exactly what we are getting. Instead they are doing exactly the opposite.  They abandon all responsibility to criminal gangs and their hands are dripping in the blood of the violence and deaths that ensue.

All the arguments have been won. There is no doubt that way to minimise the harm of drugs is to regulate them and make them available under strict conditions in accordance with their potential for harm. At a stroke this will virtually eliminate the harms of the criminal market which are by far the most significant harms for drugs such as cannabis and MDMA. In known strength and quality the health harms of these drugs are almost insignificant. For dangerous drugs such as opiates, cocaine and alcohol, regulation should be much stricter, opiates probably prescription only but their health harms will be minimised and decent services can be put in place, funded by taxing legal markets, to help those who fall victim to them.

Cressida Dick, Metropolitan Police Commissioner

The war on drugs is actually a war on people who choose different drugs from the ones these arrogant and deluded politicians determine to be acceptable.  This latest, vile denial of their responsibility for the highest ever rate of drug deaths and for the epidemic of drug-related violence is disgusting.  It is a direct attack on the people they are supposed to protect.  We must bring these tyrants down. Anyone who seriously espouses this idea that consumers are responsible for their failed policies is unfit to hold public office. It’s negligence, malfeasance and the most serious dereliction of duty.

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May 28, 2018 at 4:47 pm