According to the BBC's logic historians should question the extent of anti-Jewish discrimination in Nazi Germany!
In what can only be described as a BBC propaganda piece on behalf of Israel’s claim that there is equality between Jews and Arabs, the BBC today showed a programme’ Israel's Arab Warriors on BBC Arabic TV. The clear implication was that if Palestinians were prepared to fight to the Israeli state it must be because it is a State of equality between Jews and Palestinians rather than being a State of systematic racist discrimination.
|The army unit where Hermann Bendheim served in WWI. Credit Udi Bendheim|
The puff piece for the programme breathlessly tells us that ‘Over six months a BBC Arabic documentary team gained extraordinary access to the Gadsar - an all-Arab unit of 500 within the Israeli Defence Force.’ Quite why it is extraordinary the BBC didn’t say, since such a programme was in the interests of Israeli hasbara.
In fact there is nothing new at all in racist states employing members of minorities or, in the case of South Africa the majority Black population. The South Africa Defence Forces included large numbers of Black and Coloured soldiers and the Police force was almost equally divided between Black and White. Of course the senior ranks were reserved for the White population just as in the Israeli army the most senior ranks are almost exclusively Jewish despite the Druze population having served in the Israeli Occupation Forces for years. [see The Use of Blacks in the South African Armed Forces by Kenneth W. Grundy 1981]
Jane Corbin, who has form on the question of Palestine/Israel (having previously done a piece justifying Israel’s murderous attack on the Mavi Marmara – see Jane Corbin – the BBC’s Prostitute of the Airwaves) tells us, in a section entitled 'Aid to integration' that ‘
On the Gadsar base Mahmud and the other new recruits take the oath of allegiance to Israel. His parents and fiancee are there to see him swear on the Koran as he is given his own gun.
"I'm proud of him - this is his choice and we back him. We are happy and he is happy," says his father, Jamil Kashua.