Galloway rips pro-Israel media bias
The always controversial George Galloway was on Sky News and unloaded on the "Rupert Murdoch owned station" for its bias towards Israel. He started out by attacking their short-term memory regarding the conflict and tried to give the crisis more historical context:
Galloway: "Hezbollah are a part of the Lebanese national resistance who are trying to drive, having successfully driven most Israelis from their land in 2000, Israel from the rest of their land and to get back those thousands of Lebanese prisoners who were kidnapped by Israel under the terms of their illegal occupation of Lebanon. It's Israel thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s invading Lebanon, its Israel thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s attacking Lebanon, not Lebanon thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s attacking Israel. YouÃ¢â‚¬Ëœve just been carrying a report of 10 Israeli soldiers on the border, getting ready to invade Lebanon, and you ask us to mourn that operation as if it were some kind of war crime. Israel is invading Lebanon and has killed 30 times more Lebanese civilians than have died in Israel. So it's you who should be justifying the evident bias which is written on every line on your face, and is in every nuance of your voice, and is loaded in every question that you ask."
Anchorwoman: "I spoke just a moment ago to the Israeli foreign ministry spokesman who said that the three Lebanese who wereÃ¢â‚¬Â¦have been captured, perhaps youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d like to use that word, have been before a judge and been through a court of law."
Galloway: "Oh please, have a slightly longer memory than four weeks. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m talking about the thousands of prisoners taken during the 18 years of Israeli occupation, illegal occupation of South Lebanon. These are the prisoners that have to be released, in exchange for the Israeli soldiers captured at the beginning of this wave of the crisis."When the Sky News anchor questioned Iran's shipments of weapons to Hezbollah, Galloway points out the hypocrisy:
Galloway: "This is preposterous. America has given Israel missiles that can target not just every city in Lebanon, but every city in the Arab and Muslim world including Iran. Why should America be allowed to give long range missiles to Israel, including hundreds of nuclear missiles, but Iran is not allowed to give them (interruption)Ã¢â‚¬Â¦but theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not a terrorist organization. Only in the mind of Rupert MurdochÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s SKY, and the Times, and the SUN, and the news of the world. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not a terrorist organization. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Israel that is a terrorist state."Galloway then exposes the western media's bias toward holding the loss of Israeli life in higher regard than the loss of Arab lives:
Galloway: "You donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t give a damn. You donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even know about the Palestinian families. You donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even know that they exist. Tell me the name of one member of the seven members of the same family slaughtered on the beach in Gaza by an Israeli warship. You donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even know their names, but you know the name of every Israeli soldier who has been taken prisoner in this conflict. Because you believe, whether you know it or not, that Israeli blood is more valuable than the blood of Lebanese of Palestinians. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the truth, and the discerning of your viewers already know it."Whether you agree with him or not, Galloway makes these and many more significant points in this video clip.