Listening to Jeremy Bowen reporting from Jerusalem on the Gaza pullout (18th August, 6 o’clock news), it was hard to tell if he has a short memory or is simply yet another of these journalists whose personal political agenda gets in the way of his profession.
Mr Bowen stated categorically that there were two laws governing the way intransigents are dealt with in Israel: the softly-softly approach being used on the settlers and their supporters in evicting them from the synagogue in Kfar Darom, and the harder, all-guns-blazing method that would have been used had the opponents instead been Palestinians. He specifically pointed out that had they been Palestinians, the Israeli army would have deployed guns, tear gas and grenades at and inside the building.
Perhaps Mr Bowen cannot remember the siege of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem? Not a Jewish synagogue with unarmed Jews inside, but a Christian church taken over by a gang of heavily armed Palestinian thugs who had just carried out a series of murders. Does Mr Bowen remember just how many months the terrorists remained inside the church? And does he remember that the only shooting in that hallowed building was carried out by these Palestinians? That they desecrated both the inside and the outside of the building? That they deliberately used the building for shelter knowing full well that the one thing they could count on was that Israeli soldiers would never use firearms in a church, mosque or synagogue?
It would do the BBC great credit if an unconditional apology were made for this gross slander and insulting lie.