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Shocker: BBC Admits Reporter's Anti-Israel Bias

In my research I found the draft of a letter I had written to Helen Boaden of the BBC a year ago. In the wake of the BBC Trust's adjudication I need say no more; it speaks for itself:

May 8, 2008

Dear Ms. Boaden,

I would like to share my views with you on a recent BBC broadcast, Jeremy Bowen's program The Birth of Israel on BBC2 May 4.

I was astounded to hear him repeatedly purveying the revisionist anti-Zionist story of rape, pillage, murder, and expulsions by rampaging mandate-period Jews. He never mentioned in 1947 that the tormented and starving refugees from the Holocaust made up that merciless and barbaric army. Many were turned back by British forces but the remaining teenage brigades fought fearlessly. In 1948 fledgling Israel managed to defeat five truly rampaging Arab armies. ...

Bowen never once explained the evolution of Zionism: Why is it that he seemed blissfully unaware of the legacy of European and English anti-Semitism (I stress "English" because Jews have flourished for centuries in Scotland and were not expelled from Scotland during the English expulsion of 1290)? Why did Bowen make it look as if a group of avaricious Jews in 1897 decided to declare Zionism a movement and just take the Arabs' land from under their noses? ...

The various Jewish charities that by then existed were formed to combat the poverty and persecution the Jews suffered across Europe. Likewise, did he ever mention the huge expulsion of Jews from their homes across Europe during the Nazi occupations as far and wide as the eye of Eichmann could see? Why did he not mention the sheer terror Jews felt even in the U.S., Canada, South America, and Africa after the Wannsee "Final Solution" Conference of 1940, during which Eichmann drew up his list of 14 million due for annihilation? What I found iniquitous in Bowen's script was a line about the Arabs "knowing nothing" about the Nazi genocide. They knew enough about Jew-hatred to join the SS and follow the grand mufti to Berlin to join German brigades to help in the Final Solution!

Jeremy Bowen never once mentioned the Dreyfus case and the publication of J'Accuse by Emile Zola, a Christian, who had had enough of European Jew-baiting. His screed inspired the Zionist movement and its adherents were non-religious Jews like the businessman Ahad Ha'am Theodor Herzl, the Austrian chemist and author. Herzl and others explored Uganda, Madagascar, Baja California, and Palestine as possible homelands. Whilst this was going on, a million Jews left the Pale of Settlement in Russia and neighboring countries and went to South Africa, Britain, and the U.S. ...

Jeremy Bowen may not be an anti-Semite but his litany follows a pattern I encounter in European and Middle Eastern academia, which cherry-picks Jewish history and portrays to the world a vicious, murderous wave of humanity that was determined to displace Arabs and steal their homes. Jeremy Bowen is guilty of portraying the early Zionists as violent, merciless, and thieving, an image Joseph Goebbels promoted in Germany about Jews. ...

My grandparents in Philadelphia put nickels into the little "Blue Boxes" carried by Jewish children to raise money for a homeland; the state was formed legitimately with UN approval. Every penny that has gone to Israel in the past sixty years from charities has been used to build scientific and agricultural institutions, schools, ballet centers, opera houses, concert halls, libraries, and theaters.

Why does Jeremy Bowen not ask why the Palestinians are living in squalor despite the billions poured in from the EU, UN, and U.S. for the past fifty years? Where does this money go? ...

I urge you to commission a program celebrating the birth of a remarkable little nation the size of Wales that is a bastion of gay rights, press freedom, scientific brilliance, and cultural greatness. And by the way, did Bowen mention the Indian conductor Zubin Mehta, who has been the music director of the Israel Philharmonic for thirty years? Four major wars and sixty years of hatred from backward neighboring Arab countries -- I challenge the BBC to tell the true story of the birth of the tiny Jewish state.

Yours sincerely,

(Miss) Carol Gould