The following has just come in via PSC – Palestine Solidarity Campaign:
On March 19th, 14-year-old Yousef al-Shawamrah was shot in the back and hip by Israeli soldiers as he gathered thistles near his West Bank village.
The child was left to bleed to death. His two friends, aged 12 and 17, who were with him were handcuffed, blindfolded and taken to a nearby Israeli settlement by soldiers, where they were beaten for not answering questions posed in Hebrew, a language neither understands.
To date, this shocking incident has not been covered by the BBC. In contrast, in the week prior to Yousef’s killing, BBC Online reported extensively on rockets fired out of Gaza, which resulted in no fatalities.
The Palestine Solidarity Campaign wrote to BBC Online to ask why it had not even mentioned Israel’s killing of a Palestinian child, let alone report on it fully. We were told: ‘There is no mandate to report every killing.’
Yet we have no knowledge of the BBC ignoring the killing of any Israeli child by Palestinians. Once more, the BBC appears to be taking the position that the life of a Palestinian is worth less than that of an Israeli.
Please write to BBC Online to ask why it has not covered Yousef’s killing.
Full details of Yousef’s killing and the kidnapping of his friends are in this report from Defense for Children International Palestine – DCI-Palestine: http://tinyurl.com/qgfl482