On October 20th visitors to the BBC News website’s Middle East page found the corporation’s latest context lacking video promoting the ‘Great Return March’ under the headline “Gaza grenade collector: ‘We’re planting life from death’“.
“Ahmed collects debris at the Israeli Gaza border, often the scene of violent protests.
He takes the items home, then turns them into something new.”
The video is composed of commentary from its protagonist and background information from the BBC.
BBC: “The Grenade Collector”
Ahmed: “I made this flower-pot. These flowers that you see, represent life. We say – we are planting life from death.”
BBC: “This is the border between Gaza and Israel. Palestinians have been protesting since March 2018 in support of the declared right of return for Palestinian refugees. Human rights groups accuse Israeli troops of using excessive force. Israel says its troops have only opened fire in self-defence. Ahmed Abu Ataya collects the remnants of the tear-gas canisters.”
Ahmed: “I’m Ahmed Abu Ataya. I’m 48 years old.”
BBC: “Ahmed takes the debris home.”
Ahmed: “This is a tear-gas grenade. It’s the biggest type of grenade dropped by the army of the Occupation [Israel], on the Gaza protesters. I made crutches. These represent the wounded Palestinians. I made prayer beads. It’s true that they are dangerous. But I make myself do this to prevent others from getting hurt. I open the grenade, fix it, and I deactivate the fuse. We are people who love life more than death.”
BBC: “A few weeks later, Ahmed was shot in the knee during a protest. He was treated in hospital, and is now home with his family.”
As we see this video fails to provide viewers with any significant background information concerning the violent rioting deliberately initiated, facilitated and executed by Palestinian terror factions in the Gaza Strip which is now in its seventh month. BBC audiences hear nothing of the attacks on Israeli security personnel using real grenades, guns and IEDs, the breaches of the border fence or the arson attacks that have destroyed thousands of acres of farmland and nature reserves in Israel. Neither are they told that the aim of the so-called ‘right of return’ touted by the organisers of this violence is to eradicate the Jewish state.