Just after half past eight GMT on the morning of February 27th, BBC Radio Lancashire’s Graham Liver show ran an item pertaining to a report released that same morning by Amnesty International under the title ”Trigger-happy: Israel’s use of excessive force in the West Bank”.
The programme can be heard here for a limited period of time, with the relevant segment commencing from 02:38:30. Below is a full transcript of the item.
If readers are wondering why a local radio station would choose to run an item on a topic clearly outside its sphere of interest, the answer to that comes in presenter Graham Liver’s introduction.
Notably, Liver refrains from asking Bennett directly whether or not he contributed to Amnesty’s report – which does not state the names of its authors or researchers – and does not raise the issue of Bennett’s credentials to conduct analysis relating to military affairs. As has been noted in the past by NGO Monitor – and admitted by Amnesty itself – its ‘researchers’ are not qualified in that field and are actually no more than political activists. Clearly way out of his depth on this topic, Liver also fails to raise the subject of the political motives behind a report produced by an organisation with a long record of anti-Israel campaigning and a whole host of dubious connections.
So what of Mr Bennett himself? Well he appears to be rather more than just a concerned volunteer “activist” from Lancashire, having identified himself in the past as a member of Amnesty International’s Support Care Team. The story told by Bennett during the interview about an Israeli soldier asking him why he was there also appears on an AI blog (under the heading “Campaigns”) where Bennett is named as having worked in that role and his political campaigning is amply evident at numerous additional sources. Even more interestingly, Bennett’s same campaigning stories are told on the International Solidarity Movement website and on the ISM London site there appears a letter from Gordon Bennett and colleagues dated September 2012 which opens with the words:
This “peace activist” (a title which, after all, does not require any sort of qualification in this day and age) does not shy away from publicity. In an interview he gave to the Lancashire Evening Post on February 13th 2013, Bennett claimed to have been refused entry to Israel, which would hardly be surprising given his ISM links.
That, of course, is not journalism: it is quite simply the enabling of the latest propaganda promoted by political campaigners who have self-conscripted the halo of ‘human rights’. But the BBC’s helpful push to Amnesty International’s cart of defamation did not end with red rose county local radio: more on that in part two of this post.
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