Thursday, July 31, 2014

Letter to my MP about the Gaza crisis and the new funding going to Hamas

(As on previous occasions I am not naming the MP)

Dear XXX

I am sorry to have to write to you again about my concerns with respect to the way politicians (across the board, but especially in the Labour party)  and the media are dealing with Israel's conflict with Hamas.

The media coverage almost universally amounts to a campaign of propaganda and lies on behalf of the terrorist organisation Hamas who have been allowed to dictate the news agenda. There has been no attempt to consider the Israeli perspective. if you want to get a feel for how this coverage is effecting British Jews please see this:

http://edgar1981.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/being-jew-in-uk-how-medias-false.html

(the article provides important links at the end to the critical information that the main stream media is simply covering up because it does not fit their 'Israel aggressor/Gaza victim' narrative).

and here is a report of what happened to my friend in Oxford Street as a result of the antisemitic hatred generated:

http://edgar1981.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/today-in-london-my-best-friends-wife.html

I would also like you to read and distribute to your colleagues the following brief first hand report from an Israeli soldier about what he found in one of the Hamas tunnels in Gaza (note: you will not see this type of report in any of the main stream media - perhaps you can answer why?):
"We went into Shuja’iya, to discover and destroy the Hamas’ terrorist tunnels. We discovered there an entire underground city, with multi-shaft, wide tunnels, with Wi-Fi & air-conditioning systems, concrete walls, and stocked to the ceiling with weapons and explosives. Some of the tunnels are so wide, that they can ride back and forwards on Vespa-type scooters. And then came the worst! The Hamas “fighters” started sending towards us 13- and 14-year-old Palestinian children, running at us, wearing explosive-laden suicide-bomber belts!! Those children were death-trapped, and became human bombs, by the community’s adults!! We were trained to fight adult soldiers or any other skilled adults, enabling us to defend our families and countrymen. But this?? We had no other option but, in self-defense, to shoot them at as far a range from us as we could, before the “responsible adult” that sent them used his mobile phone to detonate the belts, and kill us.” One of the Israel injured soldiers ended up by saying, “I do not know if I’ll ever be able to sleep again; the pictures of those poor children, killed by my gun, will probably never leave me!”
In the light of the evidence I am astonished to hear today that the Government is rewarding "Gaza" with yet more millions of pounds of British cash. If that money stood a chance of going to the genuinely needy civilians of Gaza then I would not have a problem. But every penny that goes to Gaza from charities or in aid goes either to Hamas directly or through UNWRA which is 100% staffed by Hamas people or people approved by Hamas. That is why they were able to build one of the world's the most sophisticated network of tunnels under the whole of Gaza (some of which
lead two kilometres into Israel) for the sole objective of murdering Israeli civilians. Just the tunnels that are known of so far are estimated to have cost over $1billion. All that was funded by aid money and much of the concrete was actually provided by Israel after the "International Community" forced Israel to do so 'to help build the civilian infrastructure".

Israel did not start the war, yet Israel is bearing a terrible cost. It is suffering one of the most sustained and comprehensive rocket attacks against one country's civilian population in world history (Hamas has been firing around 150-200 each day now for over 3 weeks against all Israel's cities).  Over 80% of Israel's population has been living in or near to shelters. This includes 2 million children. Everybody seems to care for the children of Gaza but nobody cares for the children of Israel. Apparently the world is angry that Israel does everything possible (through the Iron Dome system and the use of shelters) to minimize civilian casualties because everybody repeats the mantra that "only 3 Israeli civilians have died so far". In fact, all normal economic and social life has come to a halt in Israel and tens of thousands of businesses have gone-  or are about to go - bust. Yet nobody ever considered aid to Israel.

Yours

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

LBC responds to my complaint about their war against Israel


I sent a formal complaint to LBC about what I reported here and have received the following response:
Dear Edgar,

Thanks for your email. We always welcome feedback from our listeners.

As a station, LBC seeks to ensure stories are accurately reported and multiple perspectives are aired, especially on controversial issues. In light of the seriousness of what's happening in Israel and Gaza we are also consistently monitoring our programming to ensure it is fair and balanced.

Generally speaking, across the station's output, when a presenter expresses an opinion, our listeners are enthusiastic about wanting to communicate the opposite viewpoint and to participate in a debate - and, typically, we can achieve balance in our coverage of an issue in that way.

During the hour of his show which focussed on the Gaza conflict, James O'Brien asked whether those in support of the Israeli government's action could fairly be described as "radicalised?" His contention was challenged by a number of different callers all of whom were given plenty of time to question and examine the basis of his argument and to advance alternatives.

That said, we are of course very conscious of how the ongoing conflict provokes strong feeling on both sides and will continue to actively encourage a wide range of views to be expressed and heard on air. This is also a message we have re-iterated to our production team.

On your point about our news bulletins, in fact the newsreader said "with both Israel and Palestinian militants blaming each other for the attack." In neither the scripts nor on-air did the words "Israeli militant extremist groups" appear.

Thanks once again for getting in touch and I do hope this goes someway to reassuring you.

Kind regards,


LBC Complaints
And here is my follow-up response:

Dear LBC Complaints

I appreciate that you have taken the time to respond to my specific concerns.

Regarding your response about James O'Brien:  Just because some people phoned in to respond does not make it right that he equated people who support Israel with terrorists. If LBC ever actually considered any of the multitude of evidence to prove that Israel is the moral participant in the Gaza conflict while Hamas is pure evil, then perhaps people like James O'Brien would have realise how irrational his statement was.

Regarding your response to the news reports:  I find this almost bizarre. So the newsreader did not say "Israeli militant extremist groups" repeatedly but she DID say repeatedly "..with both Israel and Palestinian militants blaming each other for the attack". That is just as offensive and misleading as what I recalled. Who exactly are the Israeli militants being referred to? The Israeli Government and the IDF provided proof (subsequently confirmed by an Italian journalist who was there) that it was a Hamas rocket that struck the hospital. Are you claiming that the Israeli government and the IDF are "militants" who are morally equivalent to the terrorist organisation Hamas? And in any case why did LBC never follow up on the story and confirm the evidence?

I invite you to read the report below which not only explains in detail why the LBC reporting is fundamentally flawed, but also the devastating impact such biased anti-Israel coverage is having on British Jews:

http://edgar1981.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/being-jew-in-uk-how-medias-false.html

Yours

Edgar Davidson

Being a Jew in the UK: how the media's false narrative on Israel is opening up a tsunami of anti-semitism

Anti-semitism 1933
Anti-semitism 2014



As well expressed in this open letter, there is little point in attempting to argue Israel's case rationally with anti-semites (which includes, sadly, most Muslims, all hard-core leftists, and all self-hating Jews).

What is more important, and more worrying, is the effect the incessant anti-Israel coverage is having on average British people. The coverage (as summarised here with full details here) amounts to little more than a narrative of propaganda and lies on behalf of the Hamas terrorists who have been allowed to dictate the news agenda, with no attempt to ever consider the Israeli perspective.

So being in the UK at the moment I now have some impression of what it must have felt like to be a Jew living in Nazi Germany in the early days of the Nazis. Simply replace the "Jewish nation" now with the "Jewish people" then - Israel being the "Jew" among the nations. We have the same obsessive, irrational - and completely unjustified - singling out of 'crimes' by the "Jews", violent anti-"Jew" marches every day, and the crescendo of cries to boycott the "Jew". Just as in Nazi Germany the incessant anti-Jew propaganda has had an impact on 'average' people (possibly in many cases bringing out latent anti-semitism). Just 5 years of Nazi anti-Jew propaganda was sufficient not just to convince millions of average Germans that the "Jew" had to be totally exterminated, but made them willing to help carry out the extermination themselves; it is not over-dramatic to suggest that, with the anti-Israel media propaganda now reaching a crescendo, we are close to the point where a large number of average people feel the "Jew" nation must be exterminated. Indeed, even being seen to be a 'supporter of the "Jew" nation is becoming 'illegitimate', as one of the most popular presenters on the UK's most listened to radio stations said yesterday: "any person who defends Israel must be classified as a radical extremist exactly like an Al Qaeda or ISIS supporter". Being considered 'illegitimate' makes me feel there is no place for me in the UK. And this is compounded when I hear celebrities, politicians - and yes erstwhile friends - tweet their support for a terrorist organisation that wants me dead.

The average British person knows absolutely nothing about foreign affairs but (because of the media's total obsession with the "evil of the Jew") is somehow now certain that "Israel is committing genocide against Gaza" and that "Israel is an apartheid state that murders Palestinian children for fun". And the average person who is totally unaware of the hundreds of thousands of civilians murdered by Islamists in dozens of countries in the last two years, somehow knows the names of individual Palestinian children 'murdered by Israel' in Gaza.

Typical of this 'average British person' was a 'friend' on facebook who, having never in her life previously expressed a political view on any subject at all, suddenly started broadcasting passionate pleas about how we had to "stop Israel's genocide against the children of Gaza".  Her view was that this was one of the worst tragedies in the history of the world. When challenged about her views she said she was especially moved by a documentary she had seen by Jon Snow (Channel 4).

Obviously she was not aware that Jon Snow (in common with many BBC reporters) has an obsessive anti-Israel agenda (and judging by this report is also a genuine anti-semite). My reaction was to tell her what the media is NOT telling the public. I said the media is not telling you anything about:

  • The thousands of rockets fired against Israeli civilians by Hamas and the fact that Hamas are the elected government of the people 
  • Hamas storing rockets in schools and hospitals and also firing from them 
  • Hamas rockets falling short in Gaza being the reason for some of the worst incidents of loss of life (at schools and hospitals)
  • Journalist in Gaza being effectively censored by Hamas 
  • Israel only launching its offensive when Hamas refused to stop firing rockets.
  • The damage the rockets cause in Israel nor even the deaths and injuries.
  •  The suffering of Israeli civilians, including 2 million children who have had to live in bomb shelters for 4 weeks now. And the complete shut down of normal life in the entire country (including the shut down of all international flights for 3 days).
  • Israel's relatively low civilian casualty figures being due to the fact that a) the country is living in bomb shelters; and b) it pays for an expensive missile protection system (Iron Dome).
  • Hamas use of human shields in buildings from which they are firing and storing rockets
  • The incredible extent Israel goes to in order to avoid civilian casualties (unlike any other nation in the history of warfare).
  • The dozens of Israeli soldiers now being sacrificed to avoid Arab deaths because the Israeli Government demands they go house to house to find the tunnels and weapons caches rather than bombing those sites.  These guys are simply young conscripts just out of school.
  • The dozens of terror tunnels that Hamas has built (using billions of aid money from the EU and US) and is now using to mount attacks inside Israel (and was planning to use for a major massacre of Israeli civilians). If Hamas had used the money to build bomb shelters rather than tunnels there would have been no civilian casualties.
  • All Palestinian casualty figures are provided by Hamas or "UN sources in Gaza" who are Hamas affiliates who have always been proven to lie about them. The vast majority of those killed are Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists.
  • The genocidal Jihadist beliefs of Hamas, including their charter which calls for the destruction of Israel and the death of all Jews in the world.
  • How Israel completely withdrew from Gaza in 2005 and forcibly removed every Jew (over 9,000). The infrastructure left behind by Israel (including thriving multi-million pound greenhouses) was immediately destroyed by Hamas and the materials were used to build rockets. They have been firing increasingly powerful rockets at Israel ever since. Only when they started to do that did the 'blockade' (which is actually just an attempt at an arms embargo) begin.
I also asked why she does not get similarly upset about the real atrocities carried out by Muslims all over the world and, in particular, why she was not sending similar messages praying for:
  • the children of Syria (50,000 murdered since 2011 by Islamists of one sort or another)
  • the Christian children of Nigeria (10,000 murdered and/or held hostage since 2012 by the Islamists Boko Harum)
  • the children of Iraq (30,000 murdered since 2011 by various Islamists)
  • the children of Libya (10,000 murdered first by NATO troops and then by Islamists sine 2011)
Since sending that message to her  - and engaging with other 'average Brits' on the subject - I was asked to 'provide' proof of the above facts. Even highly intelligent people claimed they had never heard anything about things like the use of human shields in Gaza, Israel's telephone warnings to civilians, the terror tunnels, or even the rocket attacks against Israel. And none were aware of the Hamas charter.

So I decided to compile a set of links exactly for the purpose of informing people who simply have not been told otherwise. Please distribute this link as widely as possible:



 

What the main stream media is NOT telling you about Israel/Gaza: Links to videos and articles

To support this article here is a set of links to send to friends who rely on the main stream media for their news and views of the Gaza conflict.

Videos/articles that summarise some of the key issues and the media lies

Hamas rockets in UN Schools

Who is responsible for most civilian casualties in Gaza (including at schools and hospitals)


The extent that Israel goes to in order to avoid civilian casualties



Israel sacrifices soldiers to avoid Arab civilian casualties

Hamas use of human shields


Hamas embedded in, and firing from hospitals, schools , homes, mosques etc


Hamas killing protestors and ‘collaborators’ (and claiming all such victims as being civilians killed by Israel)
The ‘civilian' casualties


What it is like for Israeli civilians


The Hamas terror tunnels


Disproportionate response from Israel?


Palestinian use of children and indoctrination


The Islamic mentality Israel is up against


Who is Hamas


Who started the 2014 Gaza war?


Why you should not trust the UK main stream media

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Obama double standards

The piece by Elder of Ziyon prompted me to produce this.


LBC's war against Israel

For update on this (with LBC response) see here. Also see this update.

On LBC this morning the antisemite presenter James O'Brien said that
"any person who defends Israel must be classified as a radical extremist exactly like an Al Qaeda or ISIS supporter". 
Also, in every main news report on LBC yesterday evening about the (Hamas) rocket that struck the Shifra hospital in Gaza the newsreader said
"Both Palestinian and Israeli militant extremist groups claimed it was the other side whose rocket struck the hospital"
 As I posted yesterday the British media no longer needs to know what is really happening in Gaza as they can just keep reusing this template:




Monday, July 28, 2014

Saving the British media a lot of effort in their Gaza reporting

In order to save British media editors the effort of any novel reporting over the next few weeks I am pleased to be able to present a  convenient, easily adapted template that can be repeated EVERY day until a ceasefire is imposed on Israel <*for the figures simply refer to the method described here>. In fact, it's the very same one they have been using every day for the last four weeks! And what's really great is that it can be used by newspapers of every political pursuasion because they all know there is no alternative view to present!


Please note the template is the copyright of: The Guardian, Independent, The Sun, The Times, Mirror, Express Mail, Metro, Evening Standard, Telegraph, Socialist Worker, BBC, Sky News, Channel 4 News, ITV News, LBC, CNN, Google news, Yahoo News,.Ny Times, LA Times, ....

And of course below is the "News" that must never be seen by the public at large.



Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Sun's relentless anti-Israel campaign. Now Jeremy Clarkson supports the MP who wants to kill Israelis

The Sun is now officially, it seems, Hamas's mouthpiece in the UK. Its campaign of hatred against Israel is having a big influence on many otherwise completely uninformed Brits. Following on from my earlier report, the last week has seen the pieces shown here.

Remember that these reports are significant because they are the ONLY information about the conflict the Sun provides. Every day a simple short story - provided by Hamas in Gaza - of Israelis killing Palestinian children, along with the obligatory picture of a crying child. Never the suggestion that the civilian deaths were the responsibility of Hamas's human shield policy or that many of the 'bombings' in Gaza are actually Hamas rockets falling short or secondary explosions of arms caches. But most important is that the Sun has never mentioned any of the following:
  • The thousands of rockets fired against Israeli civilians by Hamas and the fact that Hamas are the elected government of the people
  • That Israel only launched its offensive when Hamas refused to stop firing rockets. 
  • The damage the rockets cause in Israel nor even the deaths and injuries.  
  • The suffering of Israeli civilians, including 2 million children who have had to live in bomb shelters for 4 weeks now. And the complete shut down of normal life in the entire country (including the shut down of all international flights for 3 days).  While almost every day the Sun prints one of the staged photos of a 'suffering Palestinian' it has never once shown Israelis.
  • Israel's relatively low civilian casualty figures are due to the fact that a) the country is living in bomb shelters; and b) it pays for an expensive missile protection system (Iron Dome). 
  • Hamas use of human shields in buildings from which they are firing  and storing rockets 
  • The discovery of rockets in two UNRWA schools and several hospitals, and the fact that UNWRA gave the rockets back to Hamas when they found them.
  • The incredible extent Israel goes to in order to avoid civilian casualties (unlike any other nation in the history of warfare). 
  • The dozens of Israeli soldiers now being sacrificed to avoid Arab deaths because the Israeli Government demands they go house to house to find the tunnels and weapons caches rather than bombing those sites.  These guys are simply young conscripts just out of school.
  • The dozens of terror tunnels that Hamas has built (using billions of aid money from the EU and US) and is now using to mount attacks inside Israel (and was planning to use for a major massacre of Israeli civilians. If Hamas had used the money to build bomb shelters rather than tunnels there would have been no civilian casualties.
  • All Palestinian casualty figures are provided by Hamas or "UN sources in Gaza" who are Hamas affiliates who have always been proven to lie about them. The vast majority of those killed are Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists.
  • The genocidal Jihadist beliefs of Hamas, including their charter which calls for the destruction of Israel and the death of all Jews in the world.
Also remember the Sun never reports on the thousands of people (including mainly Muslims) who are being massacred every week by Muslims in various parts of the world. Only Muslims 'killed by Jews' are of any interest to the Sun. And that attitude is now reflected across the whole of the UK (yet another mass anti-Israel demo was held in London today).

But if you think all of that is bad just look at what the Sun columnists have to say. In today's issue Jeremy Clarkson came out in strong support for antisemitic LibDem MP David Ward who said he would fire rockets at Israeli if he lived in Gaza. Clarkson says he would want to do the same thing.


Jeremy Clarkson column, The Sun 26 July: He would want to kill Israelis if he lived in Gaza
This follows on from this disgraceful column earlier in the week by Louise Mensh. She is adamant that Israel has NO right to defend itself because (at the time of writing) only two Israeli civilians had died. Her disgust in this conflict is restricted to Jews defending themselves and she promotes the complete lie that the Palestinians of Gaza hate Hamas, citing "a reputable pollster in the region". Well it is true that only 75% voted for Hamas in the one election they had, but the most recent 2014 Pew survey (which really is reputable) found that 93% of Palestinians hated Jews (yes that is Jews not just Israelis).

And it is that hatred of Jews which is driving the world-wide frenzy of Israel hatred and love of the terrorists of Hamas.



Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Obama is trying to destroy Israel

The US FAA (under instruction from the State Department) has banned all US flights to Israel and has now forced all airlines to do the same (leaving El Al as the only airline flying in and out). By doing this Obama is demonstrating his power to destroy Israel's economy if they do not surrender to his demands to appease Hamas (update: Hamas is celebrating its "great success"). This comes on top of a series of decisions made in the last few days designed to show the extent to which the US is now supporting Israel's enemies. These include:
Daniel Greenfield's article today says it all, including what Israel needs to do.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Where are the anti-American demonstrations?

In a routine and typical operation yesterday a US drone killed 11 Taliban 'militants' in Pakistan.  Pakistan is some 8000 miles from the nearest part of the USA and, as despicable as the Taliban are, they have never fired a single rocket at a US city. Nor has the Taliban yet managed to dig tunnels under the oceans so that their fighters can climb through to massacre civilians on US soil. But it was still the right thing for the USA to do as presumably most sensible people believe because the very little media coverage this type of operation gets in the West is universally positive.

So can anybody explain to me why, when Israel kills terrorists who are next to and within its own borders (and launching 200 rockets a day at civilians and coming through tunnels across the border to murder) the entire western world is in a frenzy and holding violent anti-Israel demonstrations (and PS to everybody reporting on the demonstrations they are NOT 'pro-Palestinian'  - the people on those marches make it very clear their only concern is the same one as Hamas, i.e. the destruction of Israel).

Thursday, July 17, 2014

How many casual antisemitic incidents like this are going unreported in London?

Following on from this incident on Tuesday we just heard the following:

Our local Chemist (who is Indian and definitely not Jewish) has - outside his shop - containers for the various free newspapers. One holds the Jewish News (and has done for many years even though there are not that many Jews in the area).  He just told us that earlier in the week a man, who had never been to the shop before, came in screaming and swearing abuse demanding to know why he was stocking the Jewish News. The man then took every single copy of the paper saying he was going to get rid of them. The chemist told us about the incident because he knows we are Jewish, but did not report it to the Police even though he found the incident very intimidating.

Maybe the man had been reading the anti-Israel incitement in the Sun over the last 2 weeks.

Britain's top selling newspaper the Sun is stirring up the anti-Israel frenzy (updated)

See 26 July update to this story.

The UK has now become the kind of place where Jews walking in the centre of London are accosted by mobs of Muslim antisemites - protected by the police - raging against Israel. It is the place where the average person knows absolutely nothing about foreign affairs but is certain that "Israel is an apartheid state that murders Palestinians for fun". And the average person who is toally unaware of the hundreds of thousands of civilians murdered by Islamists in dozens of countries in the last two years, somehow knows the names of individual Palestinian children 'murdered by Israel'.

To understand how Britain got this way in a such a short time you need to know the role of the Sun newspaper and not just the BBC. Plenty of people know about - and even complain - of the anti-Israel bias at the Guardian and the Independent. But those 'high-brow' newspapers have minuscule readership compared to the populist Sun - by far Britain's largest circulation newspaper. Ever since James Murdoch (known to have none of his father Rupert's sympathies with Israel) took over the reins of News Corp Europe and Asia, and the Saudis (in the form of Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal) and other Arabs bought a significant share of the company the supposedly 'conservative' Sun has done far more to deligitimize Israel than all the others newspapers combined.
First of all you have to understand that the Sun is a newspaper that - like the average Brit -  'does not do foreign affairs'. Now, if it really stuck to that philosophy I would not be writing this article. Unfortunately, the exception to its no foreign affairs rule is when Israel responds to terrorist attacks and rockets. Whereas the BBC and Guardian will follow the rules here and present a biased ant-Israel slant, if you read far enough into their reports you will at least find some context for what they are reporting.  As these articles from the last 4 days show (and the previous week was no different)  the Sun gives only the Palestinian narrative. The articles are not long. But what they write is all that the average Brit will ever know about the conflict. The Sun has never once given any indication of the rocket attacks and their scale against Israel or when the firing started.


Daniel Greenfield has written a great article about how the Western media and diplomats saved Hamas and Caroline Glick has written superbly about how the more genocidal the Palestinians become the more the Western media and elites sympathise with them and demonize Israel. The Sun has never been part of the narrative they describe, but the damage it is doing through its lies and omissions is immense.

See posts here, here, and here for examples of previous anti-Israel bias in the Sun.



Update: I have submitted the following formal complaint to the Press Complaints Commission:

The article today (17 July) is simply the culmination of two weeks of articles covering the Gaza crisis in which each day the Sun has published a short article with anti-israel bias and gross inaccuracy. Effectively the Sun has become the UK spokesman for Hamas and its coverage has played a role in whipping up an anti-israel anti-semitic frenzy which has led to violence and attacks on Jews in London. Never once has the Sun explained the context of the conflict which was started when Hamas fired hundreds of rockets into Israel. Never once has the Sun described the unbelievable suffering of 5 million Israelis living in bombshelters (80% of the population) while every one of their cities is attacked. Never once has the Sun informed its readers of the simple fact that there would be no attacks on Gaza if the Hamas government there stopped firing rockets at Israeli cities. The Sun has simply taken the word of Hamas spokesmen in Gaza on casualties, without ever stating Israel's policy of never targeting civilians and without ever stating Hamas policy of using civilians as human shields.
I cite the most recent 4 articles (see web link for scans of all the articles):
  • The article on 14 July ("Troops in as Gaza death toll hits 168") has a staged photo to whip up emotions and not a single mention of any of the 400 rockets against all major Israeli cities the previous day. Also unquestioning acceptance of Palestinian casualty  figures provided by Hamas (in fact the vast majority of deaths were NOT civilian and most civilian deaths have been caused by Hamas rockets landing short) or by civilians used as human shields.
  • The article on 15 July 2014 ("27 Brits saved from Gaza hell") contains another staged emotional photo provided by Hamas. Not a mention of the hundreds of rockets against Israel that fell on that day a complete lie at the end saying that neither side agreed to the ceasefire. Israel agreed to it several hours before the Sun went to print and stopped all attacks. It was Hamas who refused the ceasefire.
  • The article on 16 July 2014 ("Gaza truce fails") contains just 18 totally misleading words to describe a day on which only Israel observed the ceasefire and Hamas fired 300 rockets including one which killed an Israeli aid worker.
  • The article on 17 July which begins “Four young boys were killed by an Israeli gunboat yesterday as they played football on a beach in Gaza” is essentially a blood libel. In fact Israel denies any such gunboat attack. The only thing certain – and the Sun fails to mention it – is that the children were playing in an area directly where Hamas were firing rockets. Why were children there? Their death is a tragedy but only Hamas is to blame. Israeli children across the whole of Israel are not allowed to go to the beach because of the Palestinian rockets directed at them.
The Sun has not acknowledged my complaints to the editor.