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It rains rocket from Gaza, never bombs from Israel


by Stuart Littlewood

 

Alistair Burt is the UK Foreign Office minister in charge of Middle East affairs. He is also a former officer of the Conservative Friends of Israel lobby group. He resigned from that position when he became a minister, but leopards don’t suddenly change their spots.

Judge for yourself.

I sent a question through my MP asking why Government ministers such as Burt quote exact numbers of rockets fired from Gaza without also giving the corresponding numbers of bombs, rockets, shells and other ordnance poured into Gaza by the Israeli military.

In his letter of reply Burt says “there are no reliable statistics on the number of bombs and other ordnance fired by the Israeli Defence Force on Gaza and Israel does not make public this information”.

In that case, should he not make it clear when quoting Gaza’s rocket numbers that Israel refuses to provide numbers of their own vastly superior missiles used to bombard Gaza?

Yesterday in Parliament David Amess, another officer of the Conservative Friends of Israel, was playing the familiar game of planting Parliamentary questions designed to deflect attention from Israel’s malodorous reputation. He asked Mr Burt what recent reports the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs [William Hague] had received on the number of rockets fired from Gaza into Israel since 30 October; what recent discussions he has had with the government of Israel on such attacks; and if he would make a statement. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmhansrd/cm121126/text/121126w0004.htm#1211275000020

Mr Burt obligingly replied: “We have received reports that 287 rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel between 30 October and 14 November. According to Israeli Defence Forces figures, 1,443 rockets were fired during the period 14-21 November.” He added that Mr Hague spoke to Mr Lieberman on 17 and 21 November and he, Burt, spoke to him on 21 November and again on 22 November.

Such precision is of course commendable but grossly lopsided and plainly calculated to mislead Parliament and public. It is astonishing that in all its discussions with Israel’s ministers the Foreign Office hasn’t managed to extract data on Israeli bombing and rocket attacks.

Mr Burt, I venture to suggest, ought to paint a balanced picture and not simply regurgitate Israeli propaganda without caveats and facts from the other side. He should inform the Israeli authorities that British ministers will not in future quote figures for Palestinian rockets unless accompanied by corresponding numbers of Israel’s. These should then be cross-checked with Palestinian and independent sources for proper monitoring.

The same goes for any remarks about Iran’s so far non-existent nukes. There should be equal emphasis on Israel’s vast arsenal of WMDs.

Stuart Littlewood

Stuart Littlewood worked on jet fighters in the RAF then pursued a career in industrial marketing.

More recently he worked as a freelance and with innovation consultancies. Psychology degree Exeter University, Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Served as a Cambridgeshire county councillor 1993-7 and on the Police Authority. Associate of the Royal Photographic Society. Since retiring has been a newspaper columnist and produced two photo-documentary books. He is a regular contributor to a number of internet news magazines.

Stuart’s book Radio Free Palestine, with Foreword by Jeff Halper, tells the plight of the Palestinians under brutal occupation. It can now be read on the internet by visiting RadioFreePalestine.org.uk.

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6 Responses to "It rains rocket from Gaza, never bombs from Israel"

  1. eddieleaks  November 28, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    II may add the picture of the “Palestinian” with the “Rocket” to my collection @ http://eddieleaks.org/the-palestinian-rocket-brigaide/

  2. Franklin Ryckaert  November 27, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    This is an example of “news as propaganda” both by Israel and its puppets (sorry : “friends of Israel”).

    • blakehamilton  November 28, 2012 at 5:32 pm

      Stuart even has a site called Radio Free Palestine. The man is a saint as far as I am concerned.

    • DaveE  December 2, 2012 at 3:49 pm

      Amen on that and I’m not even a Christian.

  3. Eddie  November 27, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Hi folks… check this great performance on tv by a journalist called Owen Jones…..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=NhUnsG4zpMI

  4. blakehamilton  November 27, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    The Palestinians fire these projectiles because this is all they have to defend themselves and their children against a fascist occupying entity that is armed to the teeth and has the US government and Congress tightly under control.The use of these so-called “missiles” is an expression of desperation and weakness on the Palestinians’ part. But it is also an expression of Palestinian determination to gain liberty from an evil entity that only understands the language of force. – Kevin Barrett

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