Wednesday, April 1, 2015

BBC Interview Treats Hamas Leader With Kid Gloves

Is this the BBC’s idea of an April Fool’s Day joke? Middle East Editor Jeremy Boweninterviews Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal and gives the terror chief a free platform to make some laughable statements that go virtually unchallenged.

A couple of nuggets:
Netanyahu is the most extreme leader. And the one who likes to shed blood the most. That is why we are expecting difficult times. It is the responsibility of the international community to put a stop to his stubbornness, and Israeli extremism. …

Israel with its extremist leadership has killed the peace process, the two-state solution and every opportunity for a political solution for the Palestinian cause. …

The Palestinian people are in a movement for national liberation. It is a just cause and it is certainly not terrorism. Quite the opposite; the Palestinians have been the victims of Israeli terrorism for decades. I condemn any side that is practicing extremism and killing based on identity or affiliation. 

We are an active resistance with a just cause battling the occupier. We have a moderate ideology and an open mind. Others practice violence under the name of jihad, which we condemn.
Meshaal even has the gall to compare his “resistance” to that of Nelson Mandela, George Washington and Charles de Gaulle fighting Nazi occupation in World War Two.
If Bowen really wants to get to the heart of what Hamas, a genocidal and anti-Semitic terrorist organization, stands for, perhaps he might consider asking Meshaal about theHamas Charter, which indicates that Hamas has anything but a “moderate ideology.”
Instead, Jeremy Bowen and the BBC have allowed themselves to become nothing more than a mouthpiece for Hamas propaganda, which Bowen’s so-called accompanyinganalysis does little to dispel.