|UK journalists to boycott Israel|
|Written by Chris Perver|
|Sunday, 15 April 2007 17:00|
The British National Union of Journalists have voted on a resolution condemning Israel for its part in the conflict with Hizbullah last summer. The NUJ is Britain's largest journalist trade-union, and plans to boycott Israeli goods, and is calling on the UK government to impose sanctions against the Jewish state. The vote was not clear-cut, and many journalists did criticize the NUJ for straying too far into politics, but the motion was passed 66-54 votes. The declaration of the results brought both applause and gasps of disbelief from the audience.
Quote: "The boycott motion was the third clause of a larger anti-Israel resolution proposed by the union's South Yorkshire branch that condemned Israel's "savage, pre-planned attack on Lebanon" last summer and the "slaughter of civilians in Gaza" in recent years. Motion 38 also called for supporting the NGOs Jews for Justice, the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign and the Council for the Advancement of British-Arab Understanding. After an hour of debate, a motion to sever the boycott clause from the condemnation motion was adopted. The motion condemning Israel's "savage" behavior toward Palestinian civilians in the wake of "the defeat of its army" by Hizbullah passed by a wide margin.
Interestingly enough, the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign is a UK organization that believes that Israel is a "racist, apartheid state", so now we know where the NUJ gets its anti-Israel bias from. So much for journalists "reporting" the news. As we saw last year during the conflict with Lebanon, some reporters were actively trying to "make" the news. From manipulating photographs of Israeli attacks in Lebanon to show more damage than really was done, to posing long-dead bodies for the camera as Israeli kills and even reporters playing dead for the camera. We even had the claim that Israel used Depleted Uranium shells against Hizbullah positions, a claim that was later proven untrue. The Second Lebanese War showed us first hand the bias - sorry "ingrained anti-Semitism" - that exists within the mainstream media. And even as reports come in that BBC news reporter Alan Johnston may have tragically been killed by his Palestinian captors, the NUJ had this to say.