Originally Posted by MO783
What is the point you are trying to make?
Do you have any thoughts on Andrew Roberts' comments that the BBC has
demonstrated itself in the past to be pro-Palestinian, as are the charities within the Disaster Emergency Committee?
Personally I find the idea that by supporting/not supporting certain causes we make political statements quite interesting, because I hadn't thouhgt about it in those terms before.
I have supported Gaza appeals because I want to help people who are suffering. The religion/political stance of those people is not really of importance to me, what matters to me is that there are suffering and I may be able to help ...
If they were Jewish, Hindu, atheist etc shouldn't matter. Humanitarian aid should be there to meet human need.
Do you agree?
However, the paragraph further down in the articel, which mentions queries about fair distribution in Gaza does cause me concern:
The final issue is the fraught one of the practicability of actually distributing the aid on the ground. After Hamas seized total control of Gaza in June 2007 there have been many well-documented reports of Hamas officials diverting assistance for themselves. On February 7 last year, for example, the Deutsche Presse-Agentur reported that “at least ten trucks with humanitarian aid sent to the Gaza Strip by the Jordanian Red Crescent Society were confiscated by Hamas police shortly after the lorries entered the territory”. Journalists also reported that the aid was “unloaded in Hamas ministry warehouses” and that a similar seizure took place in January 2008.
This is the first time I have come across such claims, and I find them very worrying.
To think that the humanitarian aid, which is so needed and people have waited for for weeks, may not make it to the rightful recipients ... imsad
Is anybody else concerned?