Saturday, 7 February 2009

Controlling Gaza

Dear complaints,

In article

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/7874020.stm
Israel expels Gaza aid ship team

"The Israeli military said no weapons had been found on the ship.Earlier it had said the ship could be a security threat or be used for smuggling banned equipment."

But in this article,

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/7869704.stm
Hamas police 'seize aid for Gaza'

"However, the UN, along with most of the Western world, does not deal directly with Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip."


This is just one of many instances of contradiction found on the bbc website with regard to who controls Gaza.

In the first instance, you use the words, "smuggling banned equipment". This says to me that Israel is the law here and they control what goes in and what comes out.

In the latter, you are telling me that Hamas controls the Gaza Strip.

How can they have control if they don't control their borders like every other government around the world? Why does someone in control have to "smuggle" anything? Israel just places an order with the U.S. for military equipment but this isn't classed as smuggling for some reason by the BBC. If Hamas are in control, when did they make a list of, "banned equipment"?

I'd like an explanation please and if possible a rethink of the way you use these key phrases. A high proportion of my emails do not get answered within 10 days if at all. I would like a response.

Many thanks

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