Friday, 23 January 2009

Jenin II

Back in 2002 Israeli forces entered the Jenin "refugee camp" to search for terrorists the BBC happily swallowed and spewed out the "news" that more than 1,500 Palestinians died in a "massacre", it was later discovered that in fact less than a 100 people died and that there had been no "massacre" of innocents, it had been targeted at terrorists; the BBC considered this discovery not worthy of much coverage.

In 2009 are we to discover that the 1.300 people claimed by Hamas and its propagandist friends to have died in Gaza was also a lie? I read today that the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera is quoting Gazans who claim that less than 600 people had died in the 22-day attack, this is far fewer than the 1,300 reported by Palestinian health officials.

"It's possible that the death toll in Gaza was 500 or 600 at the most, mainly youths aged 17 to 23 who were enlisted by Hamas – who sent them to their deaths,"
so a doctor at the main Shifa hospital is quoted as saying.

Apparently, other residents told the newspaper that Hamas gunmen had used medical facilities to organise and co-ordinate attacks.

Will the BBC cover this story? Not a chance.

This morning the BC are still "reporting" that:
"At least 1,300 Palestinians were killed, nearly a third of them children, and 5,500 injured in the Israeli operation, which began on 27 December, Palestinian medical sources in Gaza say. "

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