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BBC presenter rapped for highlighting Israeli killings of Palestinian kids

Press TV – June 25, 2018

BBC has found its presenter Andrew Marr guilty of breaching editorial guidelines for commenting during his flagship Sunday morning program that Israel has killed “lots of Palestinian kids.”

The broadcaster issued the unprecedented ruling against one of its most senior personalities after a complaint was filed against Marr over his comment during a discussion about a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria during the April 8 edition of The Andrew Marr Show.

“And the Middle East is aflame again. I mean there’s lots of Palestinian kids being killed further south as well by Israeli forces,” the veteran presenter said, referring to clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

Irked by Marr’s remark, anti-Semitism campaigner Jonathan Sacerdoti complained that Marr’s remarks were “incorrect” and “unrelated” to the topic of Syria.

“He stated there’s a lot of Palestinian kids being killed further south by Israeli forces,” Sacerdoti’s complaint said.

“This is completely incorrect and is made up. This was irrelevant to the conversation on Syria… and also actually completely false.”

The BBC producers had referred to the fact that five “younger people” had been killed between the beginning of the year and the date of the program and that several Palestinian children and younger people had been killed in the week following the broadcast, but the campaigner argued that later events could not be used to justify Marr’s remarks.

The BBC’s head of executive complaints, Fraser Steel, took the side of Sacerdoti in a letter.

“In the absence of any evidence to support the reference to ‘lots’ of children being killed at the time of transmission, it seems to us to have risked misleading audiences on a material point,” he said.

“We therefore propose to uphold this part of your complaint.”

At least 130 Palestinians, including 14 children, have been killed by Israeli forces since the “March of Return” rallies began in the Gaza Strip on March 30. About 13,300 Palestinians have sustained injuries, of them 300 are currently in critical condition.

June 25, 2018 - Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Full Spectrum Dominance | , , ,


  1. So the BBC has caved to the Zionist Sacerdoti. Not surprising. (Is S a Jew? Not that it matters much: a Zionist is a Zionist is a Zionist.)

    That bloke Fraser Steel has no steel in his body or intellect (sic)….

    Good on Mr. Marr. Will Sacerdoti’s larger purpose — that of intimidating and muzzling any reporter criticism of the Zionist entity so-called Israel — be realized? One hopes not, but hope doesn’t play well regarding the torment of Palestine.


    Comment by roberthstiver | June 25, 2018 | Reply

  2. Murder is Murder, wherever it occurs.

    If he had said something like “Israel was only defending itself” he would have been hailed by the “Parliamentary Friends of Israel”…..and possibly been given an all expenses paid trip to Israel, like lots of Politicians seem to get.

    The BBC is a shadow of its former self…..Truly pathetic!


    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | June 25, 2018 | Reply

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