24th November 2005
To the panel, Ms Tarazzi, director of the Ahli Arab hospital in Gaza and one of the very small minority of Christians still left in the remnants of historic Palestine, said this to me. It is a truism of course. "Dr David. If there is no peace in Palestine, there will be no peace in the Middle East. If there is no peace in the Middle East there will be no peace in the world". I repeat her message often but preface it with "If there is no justice in Palestine, there will be no peace in Palestine .....".
If there is to be justice where none exists, truth must be heard.
John Humphrys said on Today 01-07-05 "Palestinian terrorists .... have
kidnapped two Israeli soldiers". I suspected this was a slip of the
tongue made by a rational and well informed broadcaster who with forethought
would have chosen a better noun. However, when I came to 'listen again' to
confirm my quotation is correct, I find it printed:- '06.37 Palestinian
terrorists say they have kidnapped two Israeli soldiers - a claim rejected by
Israel.' This is indicative of the 'balance' in much of the BBC reporting
coming out of Arab countries, and from the remnants of Palestine in
particular. The Martyrs of the Al Aqsa Brigade responsible for the alleged
kidnapping would not consider themselves to be terrorists* *and if they are
not attacking civilians it is appropriate to call them 'resistance fighters'
or 'guerillas'. These men have seen plenty of death and injury done to
Palestinian civilians by the Israeli Defence/Occupation Force. Some thousands
have been killed and many, many thousands maimed by all manner of weapons
including flechette shells fired randomly into the jam packed refugee camps
of both Gaza and the 'West Bank' in the dead of night. I cannot recall the
word 'terrorist' ever being applied to any member of the ID/OF, but terrorism
it is. An apt slogan circulated; a terrorist is someone with a bomb but no
"Truth has to be repeated constantly, because Error also is being preached all the time, and not just by a few, but by the multitude. In the Press and Encyclopaedias, in Schools and Universities, everywhere Error holds sway, feeling happy and comfortable in the knowledge of having Majority on its side."