Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The BBC: at it again.

Stephen Pollard has a post on an email from the Beeb's Middle East editor (Jeremy Bowen). It's the sort of depressing fare you'd expect:

What is new in the last year, and will be one of the big stories in the coming twelve months, is the way that Palestinian society, which used to draw strength from resistance to the occupation, is now fragmenting.

The reason is the death of hope, caused by a cocktail of Israel's military activities, land expropriation and settlement building – and the financial sanctions imposed on the Hamas led government which are destroying Palestinian institutions that were anyway flawed and fragile.

Here's a quotation from the comments:

Professor Karsh, Head of Mediterranean Studies at King's College London, and a leading expert on the modern history of the Middle East, has described Jeremy Bowen's book "Six Days: How the 1967 War changed the Middle East" as "superficial, derivative and rife with standard anti-Israel prejudice, namely, the portrayal of Israel as the source of the ME conflict and the whitewashing of Arab-Palestinian rejection of Israel’s legitimacy and decades of relentless violence against the Jewish state".

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