Let fair reporting and truth have a front seat
Mail on Sunday 23rd July 2007
In just eighty five words Lauren Booth (Mail on Sunday 22nd.July) shows off her two talents admirably. First to display an imagination beyond compare and secondly as someone able to express in an easy to read and convincing manner her somewhat warped mind.
Regrettably her column may be read by some who do not know the truth and may be swayed by her rhetoric. It is not surprising that an Israeli human rights group should put a slant on the facts in pursuance of their arguments but that does not excuse Ms Booth from quoting them without first studying the facts and what may lie behind them. Her implied accusation that Israel is a fascist state is in direct contradiction that they are a democratically elected State, so it is she who is guilty of ignorance when it comes to defining fascism.
Ms Booth was certainly having an 'off day' when she accused Israel of shutting off the crossings into Gaza. Were it not for her reputation of biased reporting, it would be hard to explain. Hamas' murder of and abject cruelty to their rival Fatah Palestinians is well documented. Arabs, who represent one in five of Israel's population, enjoy complete religious and political freedom. Unlike in most Arab states, such rights extend also to women.
Long may the likes of Lauren Booth have their freedom to express themselves. And soon may she find a new agenda where fair reporting and truth have a front seat.