Thursday, February 16, 2012

Bravo to BBC

BBC opened its report thus:

At least eight Palestinian children have been killed in a collision between a school bus and an Israeli truck on a road in the West Bank, police say.

But, even though at the very end (and maybe his editor did that), he did note

The truck driver was also hurt in the crash although the full extent of his condition is unknown. Our correspondent says although the truck had an Israeli licence plate, it did not necessarily mean the driver was Israeli.

I immediately was upset that there was an implication that the driver was Jewish when there is at least a 50-50 chance that he was Arab.

I wonder how the other outlets dealt with this.


The truck driver was said to be an Arab Israeli citizen who may have lost control in heavy rains and slick roads.

The truck driver, an Israeli Arab, is being treated at hospital and is due to be questioned by police.


1 comment:

NormanF said...

If the bus had Jewish kids and all other things being equal, it would have been treated as a terrorist attack.

The truth is the Arabs have a different value system from Jews. They have scant regard for the value of human life.

Of course, they do love their children up to a point but not enough to sublimate their hatred for the Jews.

When this fact is taken into account, occasional cooperation between Arab and Jewish rescuers as we witnessed today won't bring the two peoples closer.

The Arabs need to get rid of the primitive paganism that pervades Islam. Until then, what we saw today will surely repeat itself in the future.