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December 02, 2005

Orla Guerin Exposes Anti-Jewish Hatred—But Does She Pay Attention?

BBC's Orla Guerin has witnessed the anti-Jewish hatred held by some Palestinians—but it doesn't seem to register.

In a Dec. 1 broadcast, she recalled the words of a 16-year-old Palestinian boy:

"From a long time back my feelings towards Jews are feelings of hatred," he said.

"What I want to do most is kill Jews. It's in my blood. Ever since I was a child I have dreamed of this."

One might think that after hearing such bigotry, Guerin would conclude indoctrinated hatred is one of the central causes of Palestinian terrorism.

Apparently not. Later in the broadcast, she argued that "This fight is not about religion, or ideology, or race." It is simply about real estate, Guerin claims, and about a Palestinian state. (She apparently has forgotten about the real estate and the Palestinian state offered by Israel but rejected by Arafat shortly before he provoked the second intifada.)

Despite reporting on the expressions of anti-Jewish hatred, her harsh words appear to be reserved for Israel alone—specifically, the country's measures to protect itself:

Just after the Israeli checkpoint, there is a new scar on the landscape, a towering wall snaking along the edge of town.

This is Israel's West Bank barrier, supposed to block suicide bombers, but making a virtual prisoner of the entire town.

But she is wrong about this "scar." It does not make a "virtual prisoner" of all of Bethlehem. It simply prevents unfettered access of Palestinians into Israel (thus reducing deadly terrorism). As a map of the barrier route reveals, it does not affect movement of people between Bethlehem and the remainder of the West Bank:

Security barrier in the Bethlehem area. Route marked in red and orange.bethlehem barrier.JPG

Posted by GI at December 2, 2005 11:00 AM


The commentary of Orla Guerin is very troubling; It appears that she is offering a polemic rather than neutral reporting.

Today we see her in the midst of a hospital corridor with her camera crew explaining how over-crowded the hospital has become. Really? It was so crowded on camera that I found myself wondering what the "F#%X@ she was doing there being herself a significant obstacle to the smooth operation of the hospital; at least as it appeared on her camera? The innuendo of that piece was, that this is all Israel's fault. Why do we not see her in Israel showing the terror rocket attacks that Hamas continues to use to this day.

Why does she continue to get paid by BBC?

Posted by: Renasco at August 4, 2014 06:17 PM

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