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In an e-mail puff for Newsnight the reporter/commentator/ Hamas publicist  Mark Urban writes… 


“The British War Cemetery in Gaza is an oasis of greenery and calm, or at least it used to be. In January the place was hit with tank, artillery and mortar fire. As we’ve discovered, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission is now pressing the Israeli government for £95,000 compensation. I’ve been to the cemetery to find out what happened, but also on a personal quest. It’s not long since I discovered my own great uncle, Walter Holmes, a soldier of the Isle of Wight Rifles was killed in Gaza in 1917. His grave is one of near 3,700 in that graveyard, and I wanted to know whether it had been damaged.” 

I wonder why he doesn’t also go to Hamas and demand some compensation from them. Compensation for having no doubt stationed their rocket, mortar and anti-aircraft gun crews in the same hallowed area, thus bringing down the wrath of Israel’s armed forces when they finally decided that enough was enough!

 

But once again, there I go, expecting balance from an unbalanced organisation!


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12 thoughts on “balance at all times..

  1. I wonder why he doesn’t also go to Hamas and demand some compensation from them.

    Hang on a minute. Mark Urban, late RTR, isn’t demanding compensation from anyone. It is the Commonwealth War Graves Commission that is asking the Israelis for compensation. He is just reporting that the CWGC is asking for it.
    Are you suggesting that the Commonwealth War Graves Commission is some front for Hamas?

  2. Some people here and Mike is one of them just refuse to accept that Israel is actually responsible for anything it does. If Israeli troops landed and smashed every headstone to bits they would still find a way of blaming Hamas and suggesting any criticism of Israeli actions is anti-semitic.

    PS – Why should the thought of deleting Jimmy’s comment even enter Mike’s head, unless he wants his threads to be nothing more than exercises in fan worship ?

  3. Colm,

    If a foreign country places 3700 troops on its doorstep, then Israel has the right to defend itself against them, even if they’re dead.

    You’re clearly an anti-semite.

  4. Urban is an interesting guy. He wrote quite a good book in the early 90s about the conflict between the IRA and SAS called "big Boy’s Rules". Worth reading for those who are interested, although stuff like that does get a bit dated quite quickly.

  5. Jimmy

    Some regulars here throw the term around so often they even end up calling themselves anti-semites 🙂

  6. >>If a foreign country places 3700 troops on its doorstep, then Israel has the right to defend itself against them, even if they’re dead.<<

    LOL!

  7. I have yet to see in what way this was an example of the BBC being biased? Is it now biased for the BBC to report that other people are blaming the Israeli government for something?
    Maybe you want to start up a website called Biased Commonwealth War Graves Commission?
    I saw Mark Urban’s piece on Newsnight – and I thought it was very good. It was an unashamedly personal piece from the Keane school of reporting – but it was never billed as anything but that and was not comment masquerading as news.

  8. ‘Compensation for having no doubt stationed their rocket, mortar and anti-aircraft gun crews in the same hallowed area,’ – no doubt? You mean you don’t actually know, don’t you? Can you show any evidence that Hamas placed any rocket, mortar or anti-aircraft gun crews anywhere within a half mile of this cemetery? Or is your definition of ‘no doubt’ – definitely?

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