Skip to comments.BBC admits to relations with Hamas--Johnston's kidnappers received $5 million & million bullets
Posted on 07/10/2007 1:53:52 PM PDT by Ooh-Ah
That Hamas and the BBC have close relations isnt exactly a revelation. See here and here, for example.
But finally the BBC, the worlds biggest broadcaster, has itself admitted to being in touch with Hamas the group that unlike other Islamic terror groups, has made a habit of deliberately targeting children (in school buses, bat mitzvah birthday parties, pizzerias filled with kids and so on).
A senior BBC executive has confirmed that the BBC held private meetings with Hamas whose gunmen usually wear ski masks to hide their identity in the days leading up to the release of reporter Alan Johnston.
In a new posting on the blog of the BBC News website, BBC Middle East bureau editor Simon Wilson confirms that he held meetings with Hamas leaders in Gaza and Damascus to discuss Johnstons fate. In his piece, titled The Joy of Alan, Wilson hints he was ordered to do so by more senior officials at the BBC.
Wilson also reveals that he and several colleagues were nearly kidnapped themselves on one of their outings to Gaza:
One grim day, a group of masked and armed men apparently looking for a hostage turned up 20 minutes after one of my colleagues had just left a building in Gaza City. Shortly afterwards, a contact in a western intelligence service gave us chilling and compelling evidence that our every move was being followed by a car full of armed gang members.
The BBC isnt the only organization apparently now cooperating with Hamas. Yesterday in an interview with Italys RAI TV, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Gazas Hamas rulers were forging ever-closer ties with al-Qaeda and inviting al-Qaeda operatives to enter Gaza. Thanks to the support of Hamas, al-Qaeda is entering Gaza, Abbas said.
Would Wilson and other BBC officials also now like to comment on this report in Al-Hayat Al-Jadida especially located by my sources in Gaza that Jaysh Al-Islam (the so-called Army of Islam group who were holding Johnston) received $5 million and a million Kalashnikov rifle bullets in the deal to release Johnston?
I think British TV license-payers are entitled to know what is done with their money.
No wonder the aupply of 7.62X39 has been scant. One can only hope a reasonable proportion of these rounds were ‘gimmicked’ to detonate in the rifle...
Peace in our Time
The word “collaborator” used to be the most vile insult in several languages in post-WW2 Europe.
Those days, like that generation, are gone.
The British Broadcasting Collaborators. I like the sound of that.
The folks at the Beeb seem themselves as citizens of the world; not British, and certainly not people who would ally themselves with the evil Bush.
This was just a transaction to free a fellow citizen of the world who was being held by people who are victims of the Americans and Jews.
That’s just the way they look at it.
I believe that Johnston fell over himself to support the anti-Jewish cause. If this is wrong, then I stand corrected.
There are but few, who can recall the BBC in WW2. We would tune in to their overseas service. There would be a prolonged hush. Then a majestic voice- authoritative and lordly would sound off.
Ici Londres.....This is London.
Then Beethoven's Fifth would start. It would sound the V sign in morse code. People risked the concentration camp (so we were told) to tune in. This in occupied Europe.
Gone with the bloomin' wind.
3 pages to choose from.
Next time they will want 10 mil and a nuke..
This is good news for the families of anyone killed or injured by Jaysh Al-Islam. They can now sue the BBC for damages.
The treasonous Western press is the single greatest asset the Jihadis have in this war.
If the CIA and other intelligence agencies were allowed to do their jobs they would be spreading disinformation designed to make Muslims distrust reporters and camera crews- Tell them they are all spies, that the Mossad secretly control Reuters, that CNN cameras are used as homing beacons for air strikes, etc. Muslims are exceptionally paranoid and conspiracy prone, make use of it.
The relationship between our press and our enemies is too cozy and we should be doing more to disrupt the partnership.
1,000,000 bullets? Gee, and here I thought England enforced strict gun control, pretty much banning firearm possession and useage.
I don’t think that Johnston was kidnapped at all. The BBC is on the terrorists’ side. Why kidnap a BBC reporter?
Like the case of the Italian communist journalist who was self kidnapped in Iraq, the Johnston affair was probably another case of a journalist’s trying to help the terrorists by raising money for them. Despicable.
“This is good news for the families of anyone killed or injured by Jaysh Al-Islam. They can now sue the BBC for damages.”
Actually, I hope Mossad begins open season on these BBC s.
A million rounds is only a thousand cases.That might be a treasure trove to a bunch of Hamas murderers,but not much of a bump in the supply world wide.I hope they kill each other with the ammo,the five million bucks can be spent on funerals..
And if they aren't mad as Hades, they deserve what they get.
“One can only hope a reasonable proportion of these rounds were gimmicked to detonate in the rifle...’
As Clarence Darrow replied to the insulted judge of the Scopes trial who said, “One hopes you are not impugning the honor of the court,” “One is entitled to hope.”
While I do understand that the BBC is apparently salivating over the prospect of starting to murder Jewish children again - after all, the job wasn’t properly finished by 1945, now was it? - I do not see how this is even remotely legal under modern anti terrorist laws. and Hamas is designated a terrorist group, yes?
i’d be interested in the followup of this story.
The British hanged Lord Haw Haw after WWII. Start the treason trials within the BBC. No vigilante justice, by the books law and order, those who aid terrorists need to pay the price.
If the BBC delivered arms to Hamas, according to American Constitutional law, Britain would be a non trade, terrorist sponsoring country as the BBC is a government news service.
What difference between the US State Department giving 20 Million in cash to Fatah and the British Government giving arms to Hamas is simply that they are not “our terrorists”, Fatah is.
Planting a military version of LoJack would be nice...(but, of course, that wouldn’t be considered fair).
Who woulda thunk Hamas were reloaders!?
The reporter should have been allowed to diem rather than give terrorist 5 million in seed money and millions of bullets all of which will kill far more than one reporter.
The heads of the BBC that did this belong in jail for life IMO.
LOL! I generally assume the media wouldn’t know a bullet from a cartridge if they had to swallow it. They use the terms interchangeably.
At least the AP Style Manual has a whole section on firearms to clarify such terms. Having a special section (for their reporters to ignore :-) does make it rather obvious how few in the media are familiar with such a topic. I guarantee that when I was an editor, though, this error was never made in stories I worked on!
Or, "on which I worked." ;-)
Not to worry, BBC,CBS and Perkie Katy are in negotiations to dock her salary to pay for the extortion money paid to HAMAS