Saturday, 8 October 2011

Since the BBC won't remember Yom Kippur 1973...

From the letters section of a Private Eyefrom October 2010

While discussing the coroner’s inquest into the death of Ashraf Marwan [page 7, Eye 1267], you write “In October 1973, for example, he warned Israel of the imminent Egyptian and Syrian invasions that started the Yom Kippur War’. As I am sure you note now, this is totally inaccurate. Syria and Egypt cannot invade their own lands. They attacked to regain their lands occupied by Israel.

Can you please make the necessary correction.

Thank you.

Hisham al-Qassab'
I think Hisham al-Qassab should learn some history, specifically about the conquest of Jewish land by Muslims pre 20th Century, the creation of Jordan on land promised to a future Jewish state, the expulsion of Jews from Muslim countries post 1948, and the story of the wars of 1948 and 1967.

In the meantime 'well over the fast' to my Jewish readers; being as Yom Kippur commenced at sunset last night. I await the BBC commemorations of the Muslim countries attack on Israel on the holiest day in the Jewish calendar in 1973, but somehow I think that I will wait in vain.

You see there are many who subscribe to the revisionist view that Israel was not attacked on the holiest day in the Jewish calendar but instead chose that day to attack its neighbours. It's a laughable suggestion and even the BBC agree with me on its on this day for 6 October (my emphasis):
'1973: Arab states attack Israeli forces
Heavy fighting has erupted between Arab and Israeli forces along two fronts.

To the south, Egyptian armoured forces have broken the Israeli line on the eastern bank of the Suez Canal.

In the north, Syrian troops and tanks are battling with Israeli defences along the Golan Heights seized by Israel from Syria in 1967.

Both sides have accused each other of firing the first shots, but UN observers have reported seeing Egyptian and Syrian troops crossing into Israeli-held territory.
Israeli defence minister, General Moshe Dayan has told the nation in a televised address: "We must realise this is war. We are engaged in heavy battles on both fronts against numerically superior forces."

The attacks have come on the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, and the holiest day in the Jewish calendar.

Most Jews had been observing strict religious rules of fasting and prayer, but with the outbreak of fighting, Israel's civilian reserve force is now rushing to mobilise.
The heaviest fighting has been reported along the Suez Canal and the adjoining Sinai peninsula, seized by the Israelis from Egypt in 1967.

Israel's Prime Minister, Mrs. Golda Meir, claimed in a radio address that heavy losses have been inflicted on both Egypt and Syria.

But an Egyptian military communiqué has stated the Canal is now almost entirely under their control.

Damascus radio said Syrian forces on the northern frontier have captured Israeli positions on the Golan Heights, notably Mount Hermon.

But the claims are being countered by the Israelis, who say the situation in the border region remains "adequate".

Israel is outnumbered three to two in immediately available man-power, three to two in tanks and two to one in combat aircraft against the combined forces of Egypt and Syria.

British Foreign Office officials say there is a risk neighbouring countries may become involved.

Algeria, Libya, Kuwait, Jordan and the Lebanon have all pledged their support for the Arab offensive. '

So why have the BBC seem to have all but ignored Yom Kippur and the anniversary of the Yom Kippur war on 6 October? Must nothing be allowed to counter their narrative of it's always Israel's fault?

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