Sent: Wednesday, June 28, 2006 9:05 PM
Subject: Where is the BBC balanced reporting?
Canada Palestine Association,
Halifax, Nova Scotia,
Canada, B3J 2X1
June 28, 2006
Dear BBC World News.
We have always wanted to believe that the BBC World
News offers reasonably balanced reporting of world news. But, alas, our
expectations are wildly amiss.
I have just watched the BBC World News reporting on
the Israeli onslaught on Gaza demolishing the power station, bringing hospitals
and hundreds of thousands of people into darkness and threats of devastation.
The news reader, Katty Kay, proceded to interview Amnon Shahak, former Israeli
chief of staff, and then Isaac Herzog, Israeli tourism minister. The
interviewees spoke at length of Israeli views without a single question by
Ms. Kay about the illegal occupation and the recent and continuing almost daily
killing of Palestinian men, women and chilrdren in Gaza. There was not a a word
about the thousands of Palestinians held in Israeli gaols for years, without
charge or trial. There was not a word about the offer to release the Israeli
soldier in return for Israel releasing the Palestinian women and children, held
in Israeli prisons.
Is it too much to ask that some BBC balance
might have been more appropriate by interviewing a Palestinian spokesperson
instead of two Israelis?
Ismail Zayid, MD.
President, Canada Palestine