Stacey Kirk at Stuff reports:
Nowhere in the Gaza Strip is safe from Israel’s “terrifying” bombardment, a New Zealander living in Gaza City says.
Speaking via Skype while military drones could be heard hovering over her house, freelance journalist Julie Webb-Pullman said it was an “absolutely terrifying” place to be. …
She said yesterday a group of people were targeted by an Israeli drone which killed a nine-year-old girl and her brother.
“It’s a crime against humanity what’s occurring, kids are being targeted, [Sunday] alone 31 people were killed – 10 of those children, six were women and five were babies and toddlers,” she said.
“They are not military targets, they are civilians. Israel is committing war crimes plain and simple.”
Now I am not suggesting the views of Ms Webb-Pullman should not be reported, as she is able to report first hand.
But surely the media have an obligation not to present her as a disinterested freelance journalist!
She is a long-standing political activist for the communist regime in Cuba, the revolutionary leftist Zapatistas, and the Kia Ora Gaza and NZ Palestine Human Rights Campaign. She disputes that Israel even has a right to exist as a legitimate state, and people can judge this statement for themselves:
New Zealand’s Prime Minister might have his own personal reasons for choosing to forget such behaviour and welcome a Zionist embassy in New Zealand
This is short-hand for those Jews stick together.
Now again I am not in any way suggesting no one should be reporting what Webb-Pullman says. What I am saying is that merely describing her as a freelance journalist, and the implication of neutrality is grossly misleading and does readers a disservice.