Looking at a couple of searches for the below post this morning, I spotted this little gem from last June, from the BBC’s Newsround site. For the uninitiated foreign reader, this is the BBC’s flagship ‘Children’s News’ program.
‘Q and A: Trouble In Gaza‘
At this point Hamas were throwing captured Fatah members off rooftops and shooting entire families of Fatah officials in the fine tradition started during the Spanish Civil War. I know its For The Kids, but ‘trouble’? Yikes.
The Gaza Strip is seeing some of the worst fighting between two groups. Here’s a guide to what’s going on.
Intellectual Capacity set to Minimal, Captain!
Who is fighting?
Fatah is a group which has been in power of Gaza since the 1960s.
Hamas is a newer group who entered the political scene in January 2005.
‘In Power of Gaza’?!? Oh, sorry, my bad. I thought this was written FOR twelve year olds, not by them. Though thinking about it, my daughter would have spotted that one at about six. Ah well.
Further note to Al-Beeb. Hamas didn’t ‘enter the political scene in 2005′. It was founded in 1987 and has been a terrorist organisation since the moment of its creation, with a Charter which explicitly calls for the utter destruction of Israel. For The Kids or not, ‘newer group’ really just doesnt come close to covering it.
Why are they fighting?
Both groups have different opinions about getting on with Israel which is next to the Gaza Strip.
Erm, really? Let’s just examine that idea for a moment, shall we? Technically this is correct of course – Hamas wants Israel totally destroyed as soon as possible, whereas Fatah will settle for it giving away most of Jerusalem (including the Holy sites, those of which already under Palestinian control are being destroyed as I type) despite the fact that it isnt mentioned anywhere in the Koran as a holy city, pulling out of the West Bank and back to its previously near-suicidal 1967 borders, accepting millions of hostile Arabs via the Right of Return…oh, and unless they have 100% of all their demands met they will pull out just like Arafat did in Oslo.
People in charge of safety in Gaza, the Palestinian Authority, support Fatah.
‘In charge of safety’?!? On what planet are PA paramilitaries, who parade through the city streets with ‘Death to Israel’ banners, discharging AK47s into the air and handing them off to preteen children to have a go, anything to do with ‘safety’?
They are arguing over power with armed Hamas supporters.
Yeah, its just an ‘argument’. Dozens of deaths every day, families being executed, people thrown off rooftops…just a playground scuffle really.
I could go on, but I’ve got to go and mark an essay the daughter is upstairs writing in a few minutes. Fortunately for her she has only rarely been subjected to Newsround and thus is able to distinguish between the sugar-coated sweetie version of current events and actual reality. She wrote a couple of excellent pieces on Wingate and the Chindits in honour of Rememberance Sunday – the ‘Forgotten Army’ seemed a good subject for weekend homework to me. Personally I suspect that if you said the word ‘Chindit’ to whichever moronic BBC Staffer wrote the above he would think you were making a racist remark of some kind.
Even down at the level of Children’s output, the BBC has sunk so low that IMHO it is beyond any form of redemption. It’s well past time to scrap the Licence Fee and sack the lot I’d say. What do you think?