Panorama, An Exemplary Work of Clumsy Journalism
16 August 2010
By Gilad Atzmon
BBC’s Panorama failed yesterday in its attempt to
cover the Israeli Massacre on the Mavi Marmara. 'Death
on the Med' is an exemplary work of clumsy journalism.
It broadcasted video footage stolen from peace
activists on board. It repeated Neocon terminology by
referring to Islamic driven political activism as
'Islamism'. It promised to provide some new evidence.
But, instead, it recycled footage presented by the
Israeli military that has long since been proven (and
admitted as) faked.
To Watch BBC Panorama;
Pt 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXrzF0IOQYE
Pt 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nfo91FQVr7M
The BBC also failed to present its viewers with clips
that have been available on the world wide web for
months now. Namely footage of the moment an Israeli
'commando' executed Furkan Dogan, aged 19, on the
upper deck. No mention either that Furkhan was not a
terrorist but merely in his senior year at Kayseri
High School, where he was awaiting the results of his
university entrance exams. He hoped to become a
Watch IDF commandos executing Furkan Dogan, a clip BBC
skipped for some peculiar reason:
Instead, we heard Israeli commandos repeating the
usual stories about IDF soldiers shooting passengers
only in the limbs. And that dear friends only after
extreme 'provocation'. As we all know 9 peace
activists died on the Mavi Marmara, peppered with IDF
bullets- to the head and chest area.
The BBC also reported one Israeli commandos assertion
that he was 'badly wounded'. If you are bothered to
see the documentary you will see a footage of a single
Israeli soldier’s hands lightly scratched. Yet we
won’t see medical records to prove (as asserted)
'severe blood loss' nor did the soldier offer to show
his no doubt serious scars to Ms Corbin. Did she even
due her basic duty as a documentary maker and ask to
see evidence of such injuries?
The BBC found a footage of a ‘potential shaid’. A
Turkish passenger is presented saying that if needed,
he would confront the Israelis because peace for
Palestinians is being ignored on the international
stage. He said that he would even be willing to give
his life for the proud cause of justice and freedom. A
reasonable, honourable statement. Especially in
retro-perspective taking into consideration the fact
that the Gaza Flotilla was attacked in international
There is one very positive aspect to the BBC
documentary. It gave us a glimpse into the Israeli
desperation. Never in the past would Israel's leaders
consider letting anyone near its Fleet 13 commando
unit. Now, their bored, probably terrified recruits
put on glamorous Hollywood style mock 'boardings' for
even a lowly (once upon a time despised) BBC crew.
Proof - the Israelis are losing ground.
Interestingly, the Israeli Commandos being interviewed
by Panorama were kept hidden from the camera, their
anonymity safely preserved. All viewers of the
pathetic Hasbara attempt glimpsed were silhouettes or
We should know why.
Being war criminals they have much to hide.
Watch Israeli Hasbara footage exposed as a studio