Monday, April 18, 2011

BBC bias against Israel: a petition to the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP



His Grace is of the opinion that the BBC ought to honour its own Charter and broadcasting guidelines. Yet it is seen time and again that whenever the Arab-Israeli conflict is concerned, the Corporation's impartiality and accuracy fly out of the window straight to the nearest holy mosque or to the bed of an aggrieved Palestinian: the holiest Temple Mount and the slaughtered Jews don't get much of a look-in.

A petition has been brought to His Grace's attention which he commends to his readers and communicants for their consideration. It demands that the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport launch an independent investigation into BBC coverage of the Middle East conflict in view of persuasive evidence that it is biased against the State of Israel.

In particular, it requests an immediate instruction to the BBC to release the 'Balen Report' into its coverage of the Middle East conflict, which appears to be subject to a 100-year non-disclosure order. It was commissioned by the BBC with taxpayers' money (rather a lot of it) to investigate whether or not its Middle East coverage was biased. They obviously didn't like its findings, because they have since spent an awful lot more of taxpayers' money suppressing it through the courts. Please consider signing this petition, and commending to others to do so.
And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it (Zech 12:3).

37 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The best thing to do with the BBC is to scrap it altogether. In these financially straitened times, it's a luxury, an extravagance, that we simply cannot afford. There's no point in hoping the BBC will reform, because zealots never change.

18 April 2011 at 13:55  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Judaeo-Christians

I have signed the petition.

“I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you,and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”


Genesis 12:2-3

18 April 2011 at 14:24  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a load of bollocks

18 April 2011 at 14:34  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

18 April 2011 14:34

'Anonymous', always the charmers, aren't they, and so eloquent!

Ernst

18 April 2011 at 15:06  
Anonymous Oswin said...

Ignorance, deceit, deviousness and 'fashionable' thought are always a dangerous mix.

Duly signed.

18 April 2011 at 15:13  
Anonymous Hereward said...

Signed.

"Plorans ploravit in nocte,
et lacrimæ eius in maxillis ejus:
non est qui consoletur eam,
et omnibus caris eius;
omnes amici eius spreverunt eam,
et facti sunt ei inimici."

Lamentations 1.22

18 April 2011 at 15:17  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Bravo! Lads. Bravo!

They will stand up for us - they won't forget this.

18 April 2011 at 15:21  
Anonymous berserker-nkl said...

We paid for it so we should read it!

Why are we not allowed this?

The reporter that really gets me fuming about Israel is that hard voiced, monotonously delivered, hard faced Orla Guerin.

Is she not the most misery inducing performer on the Box? I believe she failed as a Labour candidate to the European Parliament in the 90's. I have a feeling she's now doing it for Pakistan.

If the 'Guardian' went broke -no such luck, I fear, the BBC minions might change tack a bit?

18 April 2011 at 15:26  
Anonymous Gordo said...

Have you heard of Palestinian Christians? Most were driven out by your Israeli friends, their lands siezed and their churched demolished.

18 April 2011 at 16:02  
Anonymous non mouse said...

Signed.

18 April 2011 at 16:27  
Anonymous MrJ said...

"...the holiest Temple Mount and the slaughtered Jews don't get much of a look-in."

On the basis of the CAMERA report a question: Has the BBC been adamantly ignorant or mendacious? Either way, the continuing resistance to disclosure of the report is making it look like a black mark against the BBC authorities.

For ease of reference:

"...elements leaked out, including Balen's conclusion that the BBC's Middle East coverage had been biased against Israel.... Balen's findings arrived as the BBC was trying to put the turmoil of the Hutton inquiry behind it. " (source: "The secret report at heart of BBC’s Gaza paranoia, Keith Dovkants, 27 Jan 2009 http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23628970-the-secret-report-at-heart-of-bbcs-gaza-paranoia.do

BBC "Reporters are instructed to abide by a series of rules based on what Barkho called a 'glossary', a collection of words and phrases reporters should use - or avoid. Only 24 of these terms have been made public,' he said. 'The rest are confidential' He says he has seen the glossary in its entirety and claims it supports his view that BBC policy is aimed at not provoking Israel." (source: ditto)

It has been reported that the Information Tribunal ruled that the Balen Report was not held for purposes of journalism and that after protracted legal proceedings the case returned to the High Court on 2 October 2009, when the ruling was in the BBC's favour. The decision was that the information requested was held 'significantly' for the purposes of journalism and therefore was exempt under the Freedom of Information Act. On 23 June 2010, the Court of Appeal upheld that decision and rejected Mr Sugar's appeal.

“The Supreme Court says that it has now listed the case [on appeal] provisionally for another hearing in the autumn. It seems unlikely that a judgment would then be handed down before 2012, over seven years after Mr Sugar’s initial request”. 09 February 2011 Anita Davies http://ukscblog.com/rescheduled-hearing

18 April 2011 at 16:56  
Blogger Beware of Geeks bearing GIFs said...

Your Grace,

I've done my bit - I cancelled my licence ages ago and put up an "implied right of access denied" notice on my front door to keep Capita at bay.

£148 better off and more importantly I'm doing far more rewarding things with my life than spending it wasting away in front of the one-way telly.

18 April 2011 at 17:02  
Anonymous Veracity said...

Not sure where Gordo got his fiction from Has he not heard that Israel is the only country where the Christian population is increasing ? Churches are protected have special concessions for rates etc and sometimes their buildings are renovated by the state . Not so in say Saudi Arabia or Yemen or Jordan or even Lebanon.

18 April 2011 at 17:17  
Anonymous Huldah said...

Gordo

You're getting mixed up with Palestinian Christians in the Palestinian territories.

http://aprairievoice.blogspot.com/2010/12/christian-church-in-tulkarm-dating-to.html

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2007/juneweb-only/125-11.0.html

http://www.worthynews.com/1667-gaza-strip-unknown-assailants-attack-christian-school

http://www.islammemo.cc/2006/09/09/11756.html?lang=en-us

18 April 2011 at 17:32  
Anonymous Oswin said...

Beware of Geeks @ 17:02:

Well done that man!

Anyhows, there's always Radio Four ... er, on second thoughts, scratch that, it's even worse now than the TV - you're nothing unless your heart bleeds for some poor, misunderstood muslim!

18 April 2011 at 17:43  
Anonymous DanJ0 said...

"'Anonymous', always the charmers, aren't they, and so eloquent!"

Not you that time then, Blofeld?

18 April 2011 at 17:55  
Anonymous Gordo said...

Veracity, Huldah (the prophetess?),

I'm not denying for one second Palestinian Muslim antipathy to Christianity. It's as real a Israelite Jewish antipathy to Christianity.

But the thread asks us to petition in favour of Israel because of bias from the Buggers Broadcasting Communism, so I am pointing out how little I feel Israel deserves us taking sides on her part.

I would put in links but links are always boring and we can all do our own research, after all we are intelligent people or we would all be watching TV.

18 April 2011 at 19:28  
Blogger The Last Dodo said...

Is today's 'Israel' - a predominantly secular country with a preoccupation with military prowess - the same people to whom God made his promises 3 millenia ago?

Let's be honest the modern State of Israel had pretty dubious beginnings. It was not constructed to serve the God of the Old Testament.

Of course now it has established itself as a State with all the rights to defend itself and is recognised as such by UN. But it is hardly the epitome of perfection in its dealings with the Palestinians - is it?

Let's not let carefully selected Biblical quotes blind us to the failings of this secular State.

Anyway, didn't the promises given to the people of Abraham pass onto Christians?

18 April 2011 at 20:28  
Anonymous Cheap Watch said...

"'Anonymous', always the charmers, aren't they, and so eloquent!"

Not you that time then, Blofeld?

18 April 2011 17:55

Ernsty does things ever so differently, look and comprehend, Mystic HandJOB. He leaves the cowardly anonymous commenting to you, dear boy!

Hope that helps?

Tommy Timex

18 April 2011 at 20:43  
Blogger Ariadne said...

It isn't Jews who scare away Christians.

http://www.jpost.com/NationalNews/Article.aspx?ID=216880&R=R1

Closer to Easter the Jerusalem Post will publish times of services, directions to and itineraries for the various Christian sites and events.

18 April 2011 at 22:03  
Anonymous DanJ0 said...

How would we know 'Blofled' when you switch IDs all over the place?

18 April 2011 at 22:25  
Anonymous Seigmund Freud said...

Mystic HandJOB refuses to learn 18 April 2011 22:25

Thought you said you recognised Old Ernsty's formatting and style..So why would Ernst need to hide then if he is sooo obvious!

The clue is always in the name he chooses! Clueless One.

Siggy

18 April 2011 at 23:32  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

Last Dodo said

Lets turn something on it's head and see what you think, shall we?

"Is today's 'Rome' - a predominantly secular religious organisation with a preoccupation with political and diplomatic prowess - the same people to whom God made his promises nearly 2 millenia ago?

Let's be honest the modern State of Rome had pretty dubious beginnings. It was not constructed to serve the God of the New Testament.

Of course now it has established itself as a State with all the rights to defend itself and is recognised as such by UN, even receing ambassadors from the USA, GB etc. But it is hardly the epitome of perfection in its dealings with the other Christians - is it?

Let's not let carefully selected Biblical quotes blind us to the failings of this secular religious State.

Anyway, didn't the promises given to the people of Abraham pass onto Christians? NO..They were unconditional to the Jews Through Abraham..You confuse Mosaic with Abrahamic. Read and learn!

Old Ernsty, my extinct birdie.

19 April 2011 at 01:31  
Anonymous DanJ0 said...

"Thought you said you recognised Old Ernsty's formatting and style..So why would Ernst need to hide then if he is sooo obvious!"

You've given up hiding it now. Not all your comments and your replies to your own comments have been formatted like that. If you have the sort of personality and lack of integrity to post through multiple IDs and reply to yourself then posting as Anonymous is much the same I expect. Let's face it, there have been many occasions when an Anonymous arives and departs to post some unpleasantness using some past knowledge. You just bring the reputation of real Christians down by pretending to be one while behaving as badly as you do.

19 April 2011 at 07:12  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

A Godless Heathen who loves to be amongst Christians said 19 April 2011 07:12

Christians Behaving Badly..sounds like a sitcom..are you Mr Rigsby.

Ernst the naughty lodger.

19 April 2011 at 09:55  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

"Thought you said you recognised Old Ernsty's formatting and style..ps..You were wrong, so Ernsty helped you see him, which should have been obvious to a complete moron..apologies to any morons.

"Let's face it, there have been many occasions when an Anonymous arives and departs to post some unpleasantness using some past knowledge."

When Ernst uses a name rather than his moniker, he uses it as a sort of 'parable',(hence Siggy, that you need to talk to someone), to another communicant.

He leaves the cowardly anonymous commenting to others.

Hope this helps enlighten you and helps stop casting false accusations, as is your wont, young man, as he has seen you do to others.

Ernsty

19 April 2011 at 10:32  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Indeed so. And while we are discussing bias, how about petitioning the BBC to bring the British National Party back on to Question Time? If a Question Time appearance is ‘out of the question’ then perhaps Mr. Grifffin could simply be thrown to a pack of lions on live TV? Or has that been done already?

19 April 2011 at 11:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well done, your Grace. The Passover season has really focussed your liberating perspicacity!

Why, O why do we always see appearing in the secular Western media such sychophantic phrases as "the holy month of Ram(m)ad(d)an" and "the holy city of Mecca/Mucker?"

I'd like to see references to the "holy city of Canterbury" or the "holy village of Little Gidding" and Good Friday called Good Friday instead Easter Friday!

It seems that our media will only cower before adherents of a religion who have an unburnable "holy" book in one hand (especially if it's a really bad spoof on the Hebrew Bible and the Christian Bible) and an instrument of death in the other.

19 April 2011 at 11:34  
Blogger Bred in the bone said...

More bullshit I see

19 April 2011 at 16:03  
Blogger Ariadne said...

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19 April 2011 at 16:57  
Blogger Ariadne said...

I hope this one stays.

Mideast without Christians

Today there is only one Middle Eastern country where the number of Christians has grown: Israel. As documented in the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics, the Christian community that numbered 34,000 people in 1949 is now 163,000-strong, and will reach 187,000 in 2020.

19 April 2011 at 17:43  
Blogger The Last Dodo said...

E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

What's all this got to do with the price of bread?

Does Rome have nuclear weapons and is it bombing the Gaza strip and failing to implement agreements over settlements?

The theological jury is out too on the 'unconditional' Abramhic covenant and whether or not it's been fulfilled.

19 April 2011 at 18:37  
Anonymous Road_Hog said...

If people were to just stop paying the licence then the problem would be sorted.

I haven't paid for 3 years. That's £450 in my back pocket. At the end of May it will be another £150 odd that I save again.

19 April 2011 at 18:55  
Blogger Ariadne said...

No matter how those who hate Israel and/or Jews present their simple clichés, stereotypes and untruths there is plenty of information around that presents a truthful and complex picture of which the linked article forms part.

(The Myth of Palestinian Christianity)

19 April 2011 at 20:06  
Anonymous len said...

I believe God is using Israel as a magnet to draw all His enemies into one place so that He can deal with them!.
All those who oppose the God of the Bible are the enemies of Israel!

19 April 2011 at 21:43  
Blogger The Last Dodo said...

len said...
"I believe God is using Israel as a magnet to draw all His enemies into one place so that He can deal with them!.
All those who oppose the God of the Bible are the enemies of Israel!"

Highly speculative theology and highly dangerous position for determining foreign policy or evaluating Israel's actions.

You can legitimately criticise Israel and hold her to account without being her enemy!

Being a 'friend' of Israel, would you also be willing to inform her that according to your view the bible requires her to repent and to embrace christianity?

19 April 2011 at 23:42  
Anonymous len said...

Joel 3: 1-21. It states; "For behold, in those days and at that time, when I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; and I will enter into judgment with them there on account of My people, My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; they have also divided up My land.'

( Hardly speculative unless you are referring to God Mr Dodo?)

20 April 2011 at 19:47  

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