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AuntieMe


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Posted Tue Jan 27th, 2009 10:23am Post subject: Gaza appeal
Stephen, as you are a man with some influence, what about a little word of support for a humanitarian appeal for Gaza?
http://www.dec.org.uk/
It would make a difference. Thanks.

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Occy


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Posted Tue Jan 27th, 2009 11:12am Post subject: Gaza appeal
IMO the BBC have every right to say no. They have given perfectly plausible and reasonable reasons. Prove that aid goes to people not weapons. Hell since we are speaking in these terms why aren't wealthy arab nations doing their bit to feed people. One of these nations could solve the entire problem and I wish they would. Enough of people dying!

Btw I don't give money to any such charity - Amnesty, red cross etc as I can't guarantee where the money will go - I prefer my money to go locally and that is my thing and no one is forced to do my thing but by the same token no one should be pressured to do anything they may not agree with.

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Broadcasters fear Disasters Emergency Committee fundraiser will jeopardise their political neutrality

The Disasters Emergency Committee's Gaza crisis appeal has had a low-key launch after UK broadcasters declined to run television adverts asking for donations.

The appeal was launched on 22 January to raise funds for victims of the conflict in the region after the UN declared that about $2bn in aid was required for the rebuilding of infrastructure alone.

However, the DEC, a coalition of 13 UK-based humanitarian aid agencies, said that it had been unable to run a TV advertising campaign because broadcasters feared that adopting the campaign would jeopardise their political neutrality.

"We haven't been able to run the TV campaigns that we normally do because the broadcasters couldn't decide whether to support the campaign," said Brendan Gormley, chief executive of the DEC.

A BBC spokesman said: "Along with other broadcasters, the BBC has decided not to broadcast the DEC's public appeal to raise funds for Gaza. The BBC's decision was made because of question marks about the delivery of aid in a volatile situation, and also to avoid any risk of compromising public confidence in the BBC's impartiality in the context of an ongoing news story."

Despite this, the DEC has launched a national press and radio campaign, facilitating interviews and conferences with specialist spokesmen in Gaza, as well as a viral and banner advertising drive.

Gormley said the DEC had decided not to use celebrities to publicise the campaign.

"The sensitivity in this context is that we would have to be impartial in who we choose," he said. "Some people have aligned themselves with a specific political purpose, but the DEC must retain its purely humanitarian mandate."

The appeal will end officially in July 2009, after which the DEC will redirect those who still wish to donate to the relevant charities.

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AuntieMe


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Posted Tue Jan 27th, 2009 11:34am Post subject: Gaza appeal
Nonsense. The decision of the BBC not to broadcast a humanitarian appeal was dictated by their political viewpoint, which is that we should not give help to the people of Gaza. The BBC decision is taking sides with the Israeli policy of ethnic cleansing. Israel has committed war crimes in Gaza.
The BBC is implying that attacking the civilian population was the right thing to do and that now we should let a few more hundreds of Palestinian women and children die and deny any help.
This is a failure (after the holocaust once more) of our civilization and morality.
The BBC is being partial and is aiding and abetting war criminals.
It's as simple as that.

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AuntieMe


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Posted Tue Jan 27th, 2009 11:46am Post subject: Gaza appeal
"Nine Israeli human rights organizations collectively called on the Prime Minister and other senior government officials, warning of a 'clear and present danger to the lives and well-being of tens of thousands of civilians'. Israeli human rights organizations Adalah, Amnesty International's Israel Section, Bimkom, B'Tselem, Gisha, Hamoked, Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel and Yesh Din called on the Government of Israel to act immediately to prevent further deterioration of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. information."

I think it is particularly important for Jewish people to speak out now.
Lives are at stake and our credibility as human beings.

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Johnag


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Posted Tue Jan 27th, 2009 11:49am Post subject: Gaza appeal
Why doesn't the BBC do an appeal for people who are struggling to make ends meet in the UK BEFORE they go chucking money overseas YET AGAIN...

The people of Gaza only have themselves to blame really for this mess, if they stood together and put a stop to the actions of the terrorist's that come from and train in Gaza, then and only then should they get any help...

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AuntieMe


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Posted Tue Jan 27th, 2009 12:06pm Post subject: Gaza appeal
The people in Gaza are being harassed and ousted from their own land and homes for decades. And we let it happen. What is happening now is ethnic cleansing.
http://radio.weblogs.com/0116902/
Not giving aid now means that more people will die. So all those people who actively block aid are accessories to war crimes.
The question is very simple: are we human beings or not?

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Gayalondiel


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Posted Tue Jan 27th, 2009 12:13pm Post subject: Gaza appeal
Does no-one else think that by refusing to run the appeal the BBC have managed to raise it far higher into national awareness than it would have gained if they had actually run it?

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Johnag


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Posted Tue Jan 27th, 2009 12:23pm Post subject: Gaza appeal
Does no-one else think that by refusing to run the appeal the BBC have managed to raise it far higher into national awareness than it would have gained if they had actually run it?

I do, it's just like any appeal, no one hears or even cares until the media get hold of it, then all the closet do gooders jump on the band wagon...

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Gayalondiel


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Posted Tue Jan 27th, 2009 12:28pm Post subject: Gaza appeal
That's not exactly what I meant.

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AuntieMe


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Posted Tue Jan 27th, 2009 12:50pm Post subject: Gaza appeal
Does no-one else think that by refusing to run the appeal the BBC have managed to raise it far higher into national awareness than it would have gained if they had actually run it?
What is important in this case is that the BBC, or rather Mark Thompson, is implying that Gaza does not deserve aid, which is the most partial and political statement one could ever make. Mark Thompson is implying that the attack on civilians in Gaza was the right thing to do, and he is implying that we should not send any aid, for 'impartiality's sake'.
The reporting by the BBC on Israel is very biased in favour of Israel. That is a fact.
http://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2009/01/biased_broadcas.html
Mark Thompson's decision is, firstly, a sign of the most blatant partiality, and second it will result in more deaths if people follow his implied advice.
The impartiality of the BBC has just been blown to smithereens, and this on very devious grounds. What else is impartiality than the ability to consider ALL people equal and deserving of human rights?

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Gayalondiel


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Posted Tue Jan 27th, 2009 12:52pm Post subject: Gaza appeal
I don't agree with your interpretation of the "facts". However I just don't have time to get into it so we'll have to agree to disagree on it.

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AuntieMe


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Posted Tue Jan 27th, 2009 12:58pm Post subject: Gaza appeal
You should try to get the facts. Since the creation of Israel 700,000 Palestinians have been uprooted. Colonists are grabbing land and homes of Palestinians. Facts.
http://radio.weblogs.com/0116902/
There are more victims from internal Jewish organized crime in Israel than from Hamas attacks (still, every victim is one too many).
It is time to start reasoning. Next we'll be responsible for the total annihilation of the Palestinian people, something certain army rabbis are openly supporting.

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Gayalondiel


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Posted Tue Jan 27th, 2009 1:00pm Post subject: Gaza appeal
Do you not consider it rather presumptuous to assume that I am not in full command of the facts, just because I have reached a different conclusion to you? I am entitled to my beliefs on the situation just as much as you are.

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Occy


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Posted Tue Jan 27th, 2009 1:06pm Post subject: Gaza appeal
Nonsense. The decision of the BBC not to broadcast a humanitarian appeal was dictated by their political viewpoint, which is that we should not give help to the people of Gaza. The BBC decision is taking sides with the Israeli policy of ethnic cleansing. Israel has committed war crimes in Gaza.
The BBC is implying that attacking the civilian population was the right thing to do and that now we should let a few more hundreds of Palestinian women and children die and deny any help.
This is a failure (after the holocaust once more) of our civilization and morality.
The BBC is being partial and is aiding and abetting war criminals.
It's as simple as that.

Such an uneducated tirade on your part. Wont bother to try and say more as you wont listen but rather simply attack

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AuntieMe


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Posted Tue Jan 27th, 2009 1:11pm Post subject: Gaza appeal
I'm not attacking anyone. Apparently words are more dangerous than phosphor bombs.
http://radio.weblogs.com/0116902/2009/01/27.html#a6000

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