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Thursday, May 15, 2003

On 9th May, Frog wrote to the BBC:

Your site http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/3013473.stm erroneously states that visitors to the Gaza Strip must declare that they are not peace activists.

This is not accurate.

They must state that they are not connected to the self-proclaimed "International Solidarity Movement", that has been connected in recent months to protecting arms smuggling, prostitution, and, most recently, the two British suicide bombers.

There are many genuine peace activists in Gaza, who are not involved in murder.

After receiving the mandatory computerised "thankyou", Froggy got another letter from the Beeb on 10th:

Dear Sir/Madam

Thank you for your email. We have made further enquiries into this story and have found that our journalists are correct to have made this statement. The International Solidarity Movement have said that they remain committed to a non-violent resolution of the conflict

The Israeli army waiver is not limited to the ISM but covers other groups as well. We appreciate your comments and your interest in the BBC News website.

BBC News Online

Typical, I thought; no backing down here.

Then, to my surprise, I found today in my inbox the following message, sent on Wednesday 14th:

Dear Sir/Madam

Further to your recent email, we have amended our story to make clear that the waiver aims to prevent entry specifically to members of the ISM as well as others "planning to disrupt IDF operational activity in the region".


BBC News Online

Heh, maybe there's hope for the BBC after all!

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