Stuart Littlewood is a marketing specialist turned writer-photographer in the UK. His articles are published widely on the web. He is author of the book Radio Free Palestine, which tells the plight of the Palestinians under occupation.

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Does anyone seriously think it’s about rockets?

What if Hamas dumped all their rockets in the sea tomorrow? Would the illegal blockade be lifted? Would Gazans enjoy the same freedoms as other nations? Would their democratically elected government be allowed to get on and govern? Would they be able to open their sea port to foreign ships and rebuild and operate their airport? Would they be able to import and export and carry on trade and develop their economy and prosper like other countries?


by Stuart Littlewood


“They stole my land,

burnt my olive trees,

destroyed my house,

took my water,

bombed my country,

imprisoned my father,

killed my mother,

took my job,

starved us all,

humiliated us all,

But I am to blame: I shot a rocket back.

So they stole more of my land,

burnt my olive trees,

destroyed my house,

took my water,

bombed my country….”

These words are printed on a tee-shirt I sometimes wear. They cut through the propaganda crap straight to the true cause of the latest unpleasantness in Gaza.

BBC Newswatch host Samira Ahmed. The BBC programme, dedicated to viewer feedback.

This morning (Sunday) the BBC continued its descent into the journalistic cesspit, pushing the Israeli line on the atrocities being committed in the Holy Land.

You only needed to see BBC1’s ‘Sunday Morning LIve’ which matched an incoherent Palestinian newspaperman against Charlie Wolf, an obnoxious import from Boston USA.

Nobody touched on the underlying causes, not even the presenter Samira Ahmed.

It was ignorant and shambolic, yet on the basis of this encounter viewers were invited to vote whether the Israeli bombing was justified.


According to Wiki, Wolf during his talkSPORT show in 2005 described  Rachel Corrie (the American activist murdered by an Israeli military bulldozer in Gaza) as “scum.”

OFCOM ruled his remark was in breach of the “Generally Accepted Standards” section of the Broadcasting Code and said it was “seriously ill-judged”.

Why would the BBC hire such a offensive pillock if it intended to provide a reasoned and balance debate?

I certainly object to having the likes of Wolf beamed into my home on a Sunday morning, or any other morning, by our fee-snatching national broadcaster.


Man on a mission: New BBC One chief Danny Cohen

I hear that when the poll result was announced 56% voted “No” and 44% “Yes” to the question “Are Israeli military actions justified?”. The programme’s website now states the results “are not available to the public at this time”.

The plot thickens…

But it’s not so difficult to figure out when the Controller of BBC1 is Danny Cohen, a Jew.  Such a surprise….

According to the BBC

  • Cohen is responsible for the overall direction of BBC One.
  • This includes its strategy, the ideas that are developed and all programmes that are commissioned to be transmitted on BBC One, both on television and online.
  • He also oversees the scheduling of the programmes.
  • As creative leader, Cohen determines BBC One’s editorial policy, priority, style and presentation based on analyses of target audience needs.

And he’s paid over £250,000.

An earlier BBC1 offering this morning, the Andrew Marr Show, had General Mike Jackson calling Hamas what they actually are – guerrillas  (A member of an irregular, usually indigenous military or paramilitary unit operating in small bands in occupied territory to harass and undermine the enemy, as by surprise raids).

He deliberately avoided the well-worn and inaccurate propaganda slurs such as “militants” and “terrorists”. If you call them that, what names are left for the Israelis? I wonder if he’ll get his knuckles rapped…

Marr made his leanings clear by saying: “From a military perspective people have to remember how small Israel is and how open to rocket attack…” without mentioning Gaza’s much greater vulnerability by not only being tiny, impoverished and overflowing but having no military to speak of at all.

Israel wants the entire Holy Land and Gaza’s gas


Throughout the latest crisis western leaders, news readers, chat-show hosts and assorted pundits have focused on the “thousands” of rockets fired by Hamas.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney is reported as saying: “There is no justification for the violence that Hamas and other terrorist organizations are employing against the people of Israel. We call on those responsible to stop these cowardly acts immediately in order to allow the situation to deescalate.”

Cowardly acts? Who is the coward? Israel, which uses sophisticated state-of-the-art weaponry (courtesy of the US taxpayer) to relentlessly attack an unarmed, half-starved and densely packed population who have nowhere to run because their borders have been sealed 24/7 for 6 years, or the Gaza’s guerrillas who fight back with anything that comes to hand including garden-shed rockets?

What if Hamas dumped all their rockets in the sea tomorrow? Would the illegal blockade be lifted? Would Gazans enjoy the same freedoms as other nations? Would their democratically elected government be allowed to get on and govern? Would they be able to open their sea port to foreign ships and rebuild and operate their airport? Would they be able to import and export and carry on trade and develop their economy and prosper like other countries?

Would they be allowed to develop and benefit from their offshore gas field? Would their fishermen be allowed to fish in unpolluted waters? Would their young people be able to come and go and take up places at foreign universities?

Would Israel clear out of Gaza’s airspace permanently? Would the Israeli navy cease its piracy and stay out of Palestinian territorial waters? Would you and I be able to visit Gaza direct?

Fat chance. None of this would suit Israel. So Palestinians would be no better off.

Remember, there are no rockets coming out of the West Bank. Yet the illegal Israeli occupation there continues and so does the ethnic cleansing, the land theft, the illegal settlements, the colonization, the demolition of Palestinian homes, the throttling of the economy, the abduction and ‘administrative detention’ of civilians and the massive interference with freedom of movement. Nothing has changed for West Bank Palestinians who DO NOT FIRE ROCKETS. And there is no sign of an end to their torment.

The bloody assault on Gaza therefore has much more to do with Israel’s ambition to expand racial dominance in the Holy Land, make their occupation permanent and seize Gaza’s offshore gas field than the paltry damage from crude and erratic rocket-fire. The Palestinians holed up in Gaza are simply in the way of the Grand Plan and have to be removed or totally subdued. This was the case 4 years ago when Israel launched Operation Cast Lead after staging the same sort of provocation as they did last week.

Elie Yishai, Deputy Prime Minister of Israel

Israel’s deputy prime minister Eli Yishai let the cat out of the bag when he said of the latest military operation:

“The goal of the operation is to send Gaza back to the Middle Ages. Only then will Israel be calm for forty years.”

He is also reported as saying: “We must blow Gaza back to the Middle Ages destroying all infrastructure including roads & water.”

If he carries it out he’ll have written his arrest warrant for mega war crimes. Obama, Cameron and Hague actually pledge support for this maniac and his loathsome pals Netanyahu and Barak, implicating us in their foul crimes. I’d like to subject Obama, Cameron and Hague – and their families,for bombing engulfs women and children also — to just one night of the London blitz and see how they like it. London at least had defences, functioning emergency services and an extensive subway network. Gazans don’t. And Gazans have had to put up with raids night after night for years on end.

Actually I’d like to include the entire United Nations Security Council in that experience, also its useless worm of a secretary-general.

Stuart Littlewood’s book Radio Free Palestine, with Foreword by Jeff Halper, can now be read on the internet by visiting:

Radio Free Palestine series:


Editor’s note:  A compelling video by Anthony Lawson which indicts Israel for its daily abuses against Palestinians and  the horrors it has inflicted on Gaza and which it continues to inflict through its illegal and genocidal siege against the devastated and overpopulated strip of land, with the support of the US and European Governments and the complicity of the Zionist owned Media :

Gaza in Plain Language—Revisited

* Anthony Lawson (known professionally as Tony Lawson) is a retired international-prize-winning commercials director, cameraman, ad agency creative director and voice over.


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2 Responses to "Does anyone seriously think it’s about rockets?"

  1. noisy tappet  November 19, 2012 at 12:40 am

    Yeah. And they blow each other kisses before hanging up.

  2. rexw  November 18, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    I differ in a minor way with Stuart. I consider that the rockets, troop border assemblies, etc., are there for Netanyahu to allow the US to have a level of anxiety for the region, to use as a bargaining chip, the ultimate goal still being Iran.

    So how about this as a scenario.(I am even thinking like an Isaeli).

    Yes, President Obama and Netanyahu are both engaged in phone calls, going something like this…….

    Israel : “ Well we are going to attack, Mr. President, because we are tired of being threatened. After all, we have done nothing to make the Arabs do this, as well you know. Cared for tghem for 60 years as well you know”
    President Obama: “ What do we need to do to keep your troops on your side of the border other than a regular payment of 3 billion dollars After all, we have a vested interest in that geography as well. Oil, and maintaining our bases in your region”

    Israel : “ We do need all of Palestine to become Greater Israel as we discussed many times agreed to by your supportive Secretary of State. She is one of us, as well you know. But we do need your approval to attack Iran, sooner rather than later. We do not need any country, particularly an Arab country to have more talent than we do. We need to know that you will use your veto as you have done so many times before, to ensure that no one upsets that plan and that Russia and China are brought off with some compromise. After all compromise is your strong suit, right Mr President?

    President Obama: “ I will need to think on this and there seems to be no one in the military that I can talk to these days, all being somewhat busy with extraneous activities. However, if you can keep your bombing down to a minimum, avoiding the phosphorous we gave you and which was so effective the last time you used it, a couple of weeks will be all I need to figure out a way to comply with your wishes, once again. I will use the CIA and help you with one of the 19 false flag scenarios you have devised, all of which are terribly clever. Your Mossad boys have learnt their trade well. How’s that.

    Israel : Fine, we’ll keep it bubbling away as we have done before as it makes the world then realise when we finally pull back that the problem has been averted. But we would like to have some practice on Gaza if that’s OK. Got to keep the Palestinians guessing. Then on with the Iran ‘big one’ when the best false flag situation can be identified. Can’t wait for that one, with your approval, of course. By the way, I will never understand why the Palestinians think that anyone is interested in those rockets just to gain some recognition for their plight. No one has cared for 60 years. The world stopped thinking about Palestine a long time ago after you effectively nobbled the UN. That veto is a great tool, Mr. President and as we all know, European countries and the timid British are now under our ‘influence’ . Cameron was a pushover with Hague doing the hard yards and in Australia, Gillard and Carr tow the line, have done for years. They haved always been a pushover. A nanny country as you know. But we dud get them ito the Security Council for a year or two.
    By the way…not a word to the one newspaper in the world that we don’t control, please, as we have a bid in for that one as well. They’ll sell. Rothschilds have the mortgage. (chuckle)
    President Obama: OK Prime Minister. You’re as well organised as ever.

    Israel : Thanks, Mr.President.

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