Monday, November 08, 2004


Public Show of Affection

Jerusalem Post | Breaking News from Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World: "Senior editors at the BBC are understood to have remonstrated with their correspondent, Barbara Plett, over her 'misjudgment' in revealing on air that she had cried when Yasser Arafat's Jordanian helicopter carried him away from Ramallah en route to hospital in France.
The BBC has received some 500 complaints about Plett's broadcast, which was broadcast on its Radio 4 program, 'From Our Own Correspondent.'
In her report, Plett said: 'When the helicopter carrying the frail old man rose above his ruined compound, I started to cry . . . without warning.'
She went on to reflect that, 'in quieter moments since I have asked myself, why the sudden surge of emotion? I suppose there was a pathos about the strong contrast between this and other journeys Yasser Arafat has made.' "

Did she forget that he was a man that encouraged young boys and girls to strap bombs to their bodies and then blow themselves up? He encouraged families of mentally and physically deficient kids to put their children out to slaughter. This is a man who has thumbed his nose at human rights for half a century. I encourage this woman to look for more noble heroes.

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