Stop the War Coalition Demonstration Tomorrow Against Israeli Atrocities Against Palestinians

I had this bit of news come today in an email newsletter from the Stop the War Coalition. Following the fatal shooting of a journalist for Arab news agency, al-Jazeera, the Coalition are organisation a protest tomorrow, 14th May 2022, outside the Beeb’s headquarters in Portland Place in the Smoke. The email reads

Protest for Palestine – Tomorrow!

Israel’s murder of Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in occupied Jenin is part of an escalation of violence against Palestinians. She was fatally shot in the head by Israeli forces while reporting on a military raid in the Jenin refugee camp yesterday. Her murder is described by Al-Jazeera as an “assassination in cold blood.”

The shameful and disturbing scenes of occupation forces attacking her funeral today highlight the urgent need to end Israeli apartheid. People across the world are taking to the streets to demand that Israeli forces are held to account and push for an end to the oppression of Palestinians.

Join us tomorrow at midday outside the BBC on Portland Place. The Palestinian people need our solidarity now more than ever.

Click Here for Full Details

Somehow I don’t think the lady’s shooting was entirely accidental. One of the articles in the Counterpunch book about the decline of critical reportage, especially of Bush and Blair’s Gulf War, End Times: The End of the Fourth Estate, discussed the number of journos who’d been killed covering the war. This isn’t exactly suspicious in itself, as war reporting, by its very nature, is extremely dangerous. But these were journalists who didn’t follow the approved Pentagon line, and were determined to show what was really happening rather than follow American state propaganda. William Blum in one of his book on American imperialism attacked the hypocrisy of the American government for decrying enemy attacks on civilian news broadcasting stations and journalists, while at the same time doing exactly the same. One major example was the American strike against the Serbian state broadcaster during the war in Yugoslavia. It looks to me that Abu Akleh was deliberately shot because she was a journalist for al-Jazeera, and therefore would have been instrumental in producing footage and commentary of what was really going on, outside Israeli and American spin.

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6 Responses to “Stop the War Coalition Demonstration Tomorrow Against Israeli Atrocities Against Palestinians”

  1. happyinfidel Says:

    That’s an outrageously irresponsible thing to conclude on such thin evidence. The Israelis are not in the business of murdering journalists whereas the Palestinians are in the business of lying, fabricating and exploiting anything and everything to frame Israel no matter what. Their refusal to join a bipartisan investigation and provide the bullet say if all.

    • beastrabban Says:

      Perhaps. I wasn’t aware that the Palestinians had refused to join a bipartisan commission and provide the bullet. However, the Israelis have form in trying to suppress reportage that reflects badly on them. In the 1980s they accused the Beeb of anti-Semitism after it correctly reported the massacres in the Sabra and Shatila Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon by the Israeli’s allies, the Christian Phalange. During the bombardment of Gaza CNN also suppressed a report by one of its journalists on the killing of four Palestinian boys by Israeli forces. The lads had been playing football, and the journalist had stopped to talk to them. When he came back, they’d been killed. I am not saying this was deliberate, although the IDF doesn’t have any qualms about shooting children. What I am saying is that they will try to stop unfavourable reporting of atrocities they’ve committed. And no, I’m not a fan of Palestinian terrorism either.

      • Jim Heller Says:

        I’d have to review all of those stories because the BBC and most other media is entirely untrustworthy reporting on Israel. Not just biased but pure fabrications. So I know about Sabra And Shatila and the issue of Israeli complicity or willful blindness but not the allegation they levied at the BBC that way.

        Is this the story you’re referring to?

        And why do you say that they have no qualms about shooting children? I think the opposite is true.

      • beastrabban Says:

        You’d hope the Israelis would do everything they could to avoid shooting children, but there are a couple of incidents that spring to my mind where they have done so. One was when a group of IDF squaddies burst into a Palestinian house. They shot a boy in the head, and then arrested the girl when she slapped them. I think there was another incident when one of them shot a boy in the stomach, leaving him to die.

      • happyinfidel Says:

        Without names, links or references, you force me to go looking for these stories. Either that or just accept your descriptions. Is that what you expect?

      • beastrabban Says:

        Happyinfidel – I’m just trying speak to speak conversationally, as it were. I’m just telling things as I remember them, and you’re free to accept or reject them as you wish. Now if you want me to try and provide links and details for you, I’ll try and do so. But I don’t want to spend all my time footnoting and referencing everything, and so get bogged down in that.

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