Israel - nowhere near as bad as Zimbabwe


The BBC seems obsessed with reporting on Gaza. Indeed, only this evening their flagship programme, Panorama, reported on it. Hunter carries no torch for Israel, although supports its right to exist and proportionately defend itself from aggression. Israel will have more respect, and friends, when it treats Palestinians more fairly, supports a two-state solution in words and deeds and generally complies with UN resolutions.

But Israel’s poor human rights record is small fry compared to that of China, North Korea and Zimbabwe (to name just three). It's high time the Beeb recognised this fact in its reporting.

4 comments:

Kevin said...

Completely agree with you about Zimbabwe (it was a horrendous mess when I visited in 2004, probably much worse now) and North Korea. There's no way, though, that you can put China in the same category as these 2 completely failed states. I am a frequent visitor to China and it has to be said that the country has improved massively over the past few years. Especially if you include the "right" to be free from poverty, "human rights" in China have improved significantly.

David Allen said...

The Israel/ Palestine situation gets a grossly disproportionate amunt of airtime, whilst so many other parts of the world are ignored. And that coverage, at least on the BBC, is grossly biased against the Jewish state. But being anti-Israel is intrinsic to the mindset of the BBC _ or the Guardian Broadcasting Corporation.

Justin Hinchcliffe said...

I think, Kevin, life is generally better in the cities than rural areas. Everything, though, is relative. Let's hope the Games - and the world's spotlight to goes with it - make the Chinese government more inclined to back basic human rights.

Norfolk Blogger said...

But Justin, Israel is a democracy ? That is the hypcrisy of the situation. A democracy should behave better than a dictarship. By comparing Israel with those other states you show just where Israel is going wrong.