Israel is Outraged because BBC Anchor Asked and Followed up on This Question

BBC journalist and anchor Anjana Gadgil. (Photo: Social Media)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

A BBC news anchor sparked outrage among Israeli and pro-Israeli occupation circles after she asked former Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett about the killing of children in Jenin.

“The Israeli military are calling this a military operation, but we now know that young people are being killed, four of them under 18. Is that really what the military set out to do, to kill people between the ages of 16 and 18?” Anjana Gadgil asked.

The interview aired on Tuesday, as the Israeli occupation army carried out a massive invasion that resulted in the killing and wounding of scores of Palestinians in Jenin and the destruction of much of the Jenin refugee camp.

“On the contrary, in fact all 11 killed are fighters. The truth is that there are young terrorists who have decided to take up arms, and this is their responsibility,” Bennett, a rightwing politician answered.

“Terrorists, but children. The Israeli forces are happy to kill children?” Gadgil answered.

“You know it’s quite remarkable that you’d say that, because they’re killing us,” Bennett claimed.

“We’re not talking about that. The UN have defined them as children,” she said.

The fact that Gadgil insisted on her point, raised the ire of pro-Israel and Zionist organizations in the UK and Israel.

Following the interview, supporters of Israel and pro-Israel organizations in Britain launched a campaign against the presenter, accusing her of bias and violating the channel’s rules of neutrality, Aljazeera Arabic reported.

A formal complaint was made against Gadgil who was later forced to formally apologize.

Here is the exchange between the British journalist and the right-wing Israeli politician.

(The Palestine Chronicle)

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  1. Israel has initiated the violence and terrorism 75 years ago and continues to use it to persecute and oppress Palestinians. The security forces of Israel are not defending Israelis, they are maintaining the occupation and continuing the slow, grinding process of expansion of the racist, apartheid state of Israel. Israel exists on stolen land, the settlements exist on stolen land. Palestinians continue to be persecuted, murdered and driven out of the occupied land in a sinister, insidious process of ethnic cleansing by home demolitions, destruction of livelihoods and the general making of life difficult thereby making way for further establishment of settlements.

  2. Palestinians have every right to defend themselves and resist the occupation. Given that Israel uses the support of a superpower to maintain its occupation and continued land theft, so the Palestinians should have the support of a superpower to continue their resistance. Until Jews can accept to live peacefully and cooperatively with Palestinians in Palestine they will not be welcome there.

  3. Israel is a pariah state declaring itself Jewish, practicing Jews-only social regulation, ethnic cleansing its territory and maintaining itself as an apartheid state. It is perfectly reasonable to punish antisocial behaviour of this sort within the international community by encouraging Boycotts, sanctions and disinvestment based on promoting awareness of Israel’s anti-social practices. I Support BSD

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