Guardian & BBC got the death of Omar Misharawi wrong: But, nothing will change.


They all got the story wrong.

The Washington Post, The Daily Mail, The Sun, The TelegraphThe Huffington Post, MSN, YahooCBC News, and, of course, the BBC and the Guardian (among others), all accused Israel of firing a missile, during the November Gaza war, at a house east of Gaza City which killed the 11 month old son of BBC Arabic journalist Jihad Misharawi and his sister-in-law. (Misharawi’s brother also later died of wounds suffered in the blast.)

Here’s the Guardian’s Roy Greenslade on Nov. 15.

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Greenslade opens with the following:

The 11-month-old son of a BBC staffer was killed yesterday during an air strike by the Israeli army on the Gaza strip.

Here’s a Nov. 15 Guardian report by Paul Owens and Tom McCarthy:

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Note: Guardian caption is incorrect. The infant’s name is Omar. Ahmad is the brother of Jihad Misharawi.

The story began thusly:

A grim new feud opened up on social media on Thursday as pictures were traded of babies who died or were injured during the conflict in Gaza.

Pictures emerged of BBC cameraman Jihad Misharawi’s 11-month-old son Omar, who was killed on Wednesday during an Israeli attack. Misharawi’s sister-in-law also died in the strike on Gaza City, and his brother was seriously injured.

Harriet Sherwood reported the following on Dec. 11, in a follow-up on the aftermath of the war:

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Of course, the death of an infant is always a horrible tragedy and anyone would be moved by images of Jihad Misharawi’s unimaginable grief.

However,  as with any story deemed worthy of attention by professional journalists, facts matter – and, in contrast with the MSM, others in the blogosphere were skeptical about the veracity of the accepted narrative. 

Elder of Ziyon and BBC Watch (and other blogs) were among those who examined the evidence and suggested the possibility that Omar Misharawi was killed by an errant Palestinian rocket.  

Elder noted that “the hole in the ceiling look a lot like what Qassam rocket damage looks like when they hit homes in Israel” and that the photos of the building where the child was killed looked nothing like the damage to Gaza buildings from Israeli airstrikes.

BBC Watch’s Hadar Sela noted, on Nov. 25, that the “BBC has doggedly avoided conducting any sort of investigation whatsoever into the subject of Palestinians killed or injured by at least 152 known shortfalls of rockets fired by [Palestinian] terrorists during [the Gaza war].”

Their skepticism was well-founded.

On March 6th 2013 the UNHRC issued an advance version of its report on the November war and Elder of Ziyon thoroughly read the whole thing. The report states on page 14 that a UN investigation found that:

“On 14 November, a woman, her 11-month-old infant, and an 18-year-old adult in Al-Zaitoun were killed by what appeared to be a Palestinian rocket that fell short of Israel.” [emphasis added]

A Palestinian rocket killed baby Omar, Hiba (the sister-in-law of Jihad) and Ahmed (Jihad’s brother who later succumbed to his wounds).

Whether or not the BBC, Guardian and others will revise their stories to note that Gaza terrorists (and not the IDF) were responsible for the death of Omar, Hiba and Ahmed Misharawi, Sela made the following point:

It is impossible to undo the extensive damage done by the BBC with this story. No apology or correction can now erase it from the internet or from the memories of the countless people who read it or heard it.

Sela, in her Nov. 25 post, argued that, “The tragic story of Omar Misharawi [was] used and abused to advance a very specific narrative of Israel as a killer of children.”

In short, when it comes to the activist media’s mad rush to judgement on every alleged Israeli sin, regardless of whether new facts contradicting the original conclusions are eventually revealed, nothing will be learned.  

Lethal Narratives concerning the Jewish state’s ‘villainy’ will continue unabated.

Nothing will change. 

48 comments on “Guardian & BBC got the death of Omar Misharawi wrong: But, nothing will change.

  1. Is the child’s name Ahmed or Omar?
    The captions are contradicting themselves.
    Will the BBC ask a formal apology from Hamas for killing their staffer’s family?

    • Post has been updated to clarify. Also, the Guardian caption on the Owen and McCarthy story was wrong, and I noted that below the pic.

    • There is another interesting issue about “names” in this story. Initially, the name of the father of the killed baby, the BBC “journalist” was spelled “Jihad”. However, following the “explosion” of interest in the photogenic, European looking grieving father, BBC’s Jon Donnison began to spell his name differently – “Jehad”. I wonder why? This, like numerous other small things shows the agenda of BBC is to help Palestinians by any means! Jon Donnison himself initially spelled “Jihad”, then changed it to “Jehad” – it’s implausible that he did not know the spelling of a BBC’s “colleague” well in advance. I wonder if someone can raise this point to the investigative bloggers who shud ask Donnison for explanations.

  2. “Peace” promotion in the interpretation of self depicted liberal, morally bankrupt medias in the west.

  3. We should all know by now that the Guardian and the BBC only start hooting and howling like a castrated gibbon when they can pin the blame on Israel. If it’s Hamas killing their own people then it’s a case of “move along, nothing to see here”

  4. I don’t get it. If I had written such stories and they turned out to be patently false at a later date, I would make a point of writing an apology and pressure my employers to publish it. We can blame the editors, but do the individual journalists concerned not have any professional pride?

  5. The western media’s lopsided penchant to notice dead children when they think it can be blamed Israel indicates a form of prejudice not fully eradicated.

  6. Hate propaganda doesn`t need correction.
    I suppose that the experience of Jew hate after and in spite of the Holocaust in Great Britain is something uncommon, but nevertheless the historical knowledge of the German development should warn everybody.
    The hate propaganda of Al Guardian should be compared to the NS media before the Putsch in Germany, because it is dispensing of civil rights, common sense, democracy and so on, defending terror in the name of “völkisches recht”.

    • The hate propaganda of Al Guardian should be compared to the NS media before the Putsch in Germany, because it is dispensing of civil rights, common sense, democracy and so on, defending terror in the name of “völkisches recht”.

      Unbelievable that people have actually recommended this ridiculous bullshit. Do they even know what “völkisches recht” means?

        • That’s the best response you have? Of course I know what “völkisches Recht” means.

          Pathetic.

          • Now, tell me how you label the defence of Arab terror aka “self defence” against Israel and Jews? “International law”?
            I called it “völkisches Recht”, because it is about blood and soil, about that Jews are not natives. It has nothing to do with citizenship or civil rights, idiot.

          • By the way, it is the trap into which most of the tiermondialists have fallen, the ethnicisation/nationalization of the term revolution, by the unreflected use of the term people, population, nation, das Volk.

    • I didn’t realise that by buying and reading the ( Al ?) Guardian every day that I was contributing to the destruction of the Jewish Community here in the UK.
      Let me assure you that such an outcome is and never has been my intention.
      Out walking in the country recently I was trying to “sort” the wood from the trees.
      I was thinking that if you caused the death of 32 children and perhaps someone reported it as 33 you might get a bit upset.So much so that the fact that you knew you were responsible for those other 32 dead kids might not keep you awake at nights after all.Strange world isn’t it?

      • I didn’t realise that buying and reading the ( Al ?) Guardian every day that I was contributing to the destruction of the Jewish Community here in the UK.
        No Matthew buying and reading the Guardian you are first of all contributing to the destruction of your own already seriously damaged intellect and moral; plus you are financing its pretty unsuccessful attempts the destruction of the Israeli Jews.
        .So much so that the fact that you knew you were responsible for those other 32 dead kids might not keep you awake at nights after all.Strange world isn’t it?
        Not at all, we are simply used to sleep very well after our daily killings of the gentile children, this is our hobby especially at Passover.
        Reading your shit I understand why you are buying and reading the Stur.. sorry Guardian.

  7. Just a few small points:

    1) Most of the rest of the media attributed Omar Misharawi’s death to the IDF. Why wouldn’t they when almost all of the casualties were a result of IDF attacks.

    2) CifWatch routinely rubbishes UNHRC reports as being biased and anti-semitic. Odd that UNHRC is a respected authority when it reports in favour of the IDF.

    3) Elsewhere the report is highly critical of the IDF. Specifically it notes:
    lack of “respect [for the] basic rules on the conduct of hostilities” concerning the “killing of civilians”, “destruction of residences”, “destruction of other civilian property”, [attacking of] “media offices”, “destruction of medical facilities”, “destruction of other infrastructures” and a number of “other humanitarian issues”.

    4) Yes, I know the report also criticises Hamas and, before anyone makes the obvious point, I agree with that criticism.

    • “2) CifWatch routinely rubbishes UNHRC reports as being biased and anti-semitic. Odd that UNHRC is a respected authority when it reports in favour of the IDF.”
      “3)” Shows that to some extent UNHRC reports are still biased and anti-Semitic.

    • The same way most of the Media said in 2008 that there were 1500 dead civilains in Gaza according to UNHRC. The IDF said that at least 700 were Hamas millitants. A year later it turned out IDF was right when hamas themselves admitted that more than 700 of their people were killed in 2008. Many of UNHRC report were found out to be false which resulted in Godstone retracting his report .

  8. CifWatch routinely rubbishes UNHRC reports as being biased and anti-semitic. Odd that UNHRC is a respected authority when it reports in favour of the IDF.

    The BBC and The Guardian routinely accepts UNHRC reports as being unbiased and true. Odd that UNHRC is ignored when it reports in favour of the IDF.

    There, that’s better.

  9. I personally have got all the faith in UNHRC – after all, it was their report that vindicated the killings on Mavi Marmara by the IDF forces.

    Is there a report that says IDF was defending itself when thousands were killed under the watching Israeli troops in the camps in Beirut?

    I am sure there is another report that says attack on Lebanon was another justified act of homicide in 2006.

    If UN was ever to become genuinely democratic and all these powerful vetoes disappear what will happen to the states that so flagrantly violate international law. I understand the UK administration tried to blackmail the PA from committing never to take Israel to the ICC. PA, intelligently refused their request for once.

    It seems the writing is on the wall.

    • This is just spiteful. It is without context or balance. Israel haters trot out this kind of garbage endlessly. Yawn.

    • The United States urged the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva to stop its anti-Israel bias. It took particular exception to the council’s Agenda Item 7, under which at every session, Israel’s human rights record is debated. No other country has a dedicated agenda item. The US Ambassador to the UNHRC Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe said that the United States was deeply troubled by the “Council’s biased and disproportionate focus on Israel.” She said that the hypocrisy was further exposed in the Golan Heights resolution that was advocated by the Syrian regime at a time when it was murdering its own citizens

    • “It seems the writing is on the wall.” ronald biggs.

      Yes, and it says “Jonathan Briggs is a nazi moron.”

    • “If UN was ever to become genuinely democratic and all these powerful vetoes disappear …”
      If only the UN Charter were to be abolished then rewritten to suit the agenda of Briggs, and certain undemocratic member states (a subjection of the majority of undemocratic UN member states), to abolish veto power, which of course exists in democratic countries such as the US, then they could really go after them Joos.

      “I understand the UK administration tried to blackmail the PA from committing never to take Israel to the ICC. PA, intelligently refused their request for once.”

      Briggs, your post is full of misconceptions obviously driven by ill-informed ignorant malice and plain old bigotry about what constitutes democracy to what international actually is that I must come to the conclusion that at least for you ignorance is bliss.
      No one here has any doubts about the PA leaderships intelligence, nor their propensity to engage in blackmail schemes of their own design.

      How do you know when the PA is engaging in blackmail?
      Their lips are moving.

      The writing is on the wall, and it says “Briggs is a rather stupid anti-Semite.”

  10. Well Tamara I think you are right. Why is Israel singled out?. Iran has sanctions against it. Iraq and Afghanistan were invaded. Iraq had no fly zone imposed over a decade. Libya had no fly zones and Syrian rebels are being armed.

    Now when will this special way that Israel is treated will stop. When is the coalition of the willing going into Israel? When are those fighting the occupation start getting weapons from the friendly West.?

    • “Now when will this special way that Israel is treated will stop.” Apart from the appalling grammar, your idea that Israel is somehow receiving special (by which I presume you mean more favourable) treatment is frankly absurd.

      You mention Ahmedinejad’s Iran, Saddam’s Iraq, Taliban Afghanistan and Ghaddafi’s Lybia and are suggesting that Israel deserves the same treatment as they got – presumably because you think democratic, cosmopolitan Israel is as dangerous or evil as those despotic, mass-murdering regimes. If so, I’m afraid your perspective needs some seeeeeerious re-adjustment.

  11. tamara that sets my mind at rest it must have been since US elected a Black President that they have started arming the PLO.

    You do know he is a closet Muslim and you are a comedian.

    • The PLO/PA has been getting weapons from the US for quite a bit longer than that. You need to learn to pay attention and stop relying so heavily on your bigotry.

    • “tamara that sets my mind at rest it must have been since US elected a Black President that they have started arming the PLO.”

      Presumably that’s the same President Obama who has that undemocratic veto power, no?

  12. Labenal you have to be really blind to blame HAMAS for this but never mind the facts let us get whatever message we want to get across – Palestine would not have been divided if the Palestinians had not expelled the Jews. Sounds right. Anybody why did the world fight the second world war?

    The so-called “mehadrin” bus lines were created in the late 1990s for the Haredi public. It began with two lines in Jerusalem and Bnei Brak in 1997.[1] In fall 2001, Dan and Egged bus companies, in order to compete with private buses run by Haredim, had come to an agreement with the ultra-Orthodox Mehadrin Council.[8] In 2007 there were an estimated thirty “mehadrin” buses operated by public transportation companies,[9] in early 2010 the number had risen to more than fifty.[3]
    “Mehadrin” buses were heavily criticized in the media worldwide after an American Jewish woman, Miriam Shear, reported being attacked and beaten by a group of ultra-Orthodox men, after refusing to move to the back of the bus on a non-segregated line. The bus driver contended there was no violence, but that he did see a crowd around Shear and stopped the bus to inform passengers that his line was not sex segregated. Another passenger, however, confirmed Shear’s account.[10] Critics have likened the “mehadrin” lines to racial segregation in the United States, with Shear compared to African American icon Rosa Parks.[11] Two years before, in July 2004, American-Israeli novelist Naomi Ragen, after unintentionally boarding a “mehadrin” bus toward her home in Ramot, was insulted and physically threatened because she refused to give up her seat and move to the back of the bus.[12]
    According to a survey conducted by the Smith Research Institute in Summer 2010 for the organization Hiddush, 70% of Jewish Israelis, male and female, support abolishing or reducing the gender segregated public bus lines. 40% support complete abolishment, 30% are in favor of reducing their number and 22% support continuing the arrangement as it was at the time of the survey. Only 8% supports further expanding gender separated transportation services. Among those supporting the abolition or reduction of gender segregated public bus lines are 75% of Likud voters, 76% of Yisrael Beytenu voters, and 88% of Kadima voters.[13] A Jerusalem Post online poll found that 76% of those who responded did not approve of segregated buses, 6% approved and 18% said that segregation should only exist in lines that operate in Haredi neighborhoods.[3]

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  15. BBC World TV’s tickertape has just been informing viewers about the UN report, i.e. that the baby in question might have been killed “by a misfired Paelstinian rocket rather than an Israeli airstrike.”

    Wonder if the Guardian will pick up on this. Don’t hold your breaths …

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