Recently we asked here “what are the millions of viewers of BBC television news being told about the recent early release of 26 men convicted of murder, attempted murder or accessory to murder?”. An additional answer to that question comes in the form of another filmed report by Yolande Knell on the subject, which was both broadcast on BBC television news and promoted on the Middle East page and the Asia page of the BBC News website.
Knell’s report opens with her once more aiming to recruit viewers’ emotions by the use of language such as “loved ones” and “home” and with excessive focus on the length of sentences.
“Amid the darkness; scenes of celebration. Most of these Palestinian families had waited twenty years to see their loved ones freed from Israeli jails. A total of twenty-six men were released – the first group from over a hundred long-time prisoners…
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At the end of yesterday’s article we opined on the rumors that President Obama has given Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu guarantees that there will be peacekeeping troops placed in the areas which Israel releases for the formation of the Palestinian state in order to prevent terrorist strikes or rockets and mortars being launched into Israel as is done by Hamas out of Gaza. The soldiers manning the peacekeeping forces would come from any of the following; only United States, NATO countries, or even the United Nations. It is likely that Israel would prefer not to depend on either the United Nations or any of the European nations, so such a force will most likely be manned by Americans. We would like to express our distress should these rumors have even one iota of credibility and beseech that no foreign troops be placed in a position where they are presumed to…
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Life is often a series of coincidences and it happened that I had just finished reading “Am I a Jew?” by Theodore Ross when I tuned into the local PBS beg-a-thon featuring two documentaries about being Jewish in America. If you live in the New York City, tri-state area you are not only surrounded by a heavy concentration of Jews, but you absorb their culture by osmosis.
The documentaries were both inspiring and, when it got to the part about the Holocaust—an event within my own lifespan—terrifying. The mind simply cannot come to grips with whole families—millions–killed because they were Jewish.
Ross writes of a childhood in which both parents were Jewish, but when they divorced, his mother took him to Mississippi where she not only hid her religion, but required Ted to attend Christian schools and not speak of being Jewish. He was a Christian…
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