Magazine article The Spectator

Disproportionate Claims

Magazine article The Spectator

Disproportionate Claims

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Sir: According to its website, the British- Israel Communications and Research Centre, of which Lorna Fitzsimons is CEO ('Israel is getting ready to invade Gaza', 23 February), is an organisation 'devoted to creating a more supportive environment for Israel in the UK'.

These aims might be more easily fulfilled if she did not put her name to articles that read as though they were taken directly from Israeli government handouts.

To take only one example, Fitzsimons goes on at some length about the 'soaring' number of rocket attacks on Israel since Hamas's election victory in January 2006, and then (curiously) quotes figures for Israelis killed and wounded by these since 2001. However, she does not quote the figures for the period since January 2006, nor the number of Palestinians killed and injured by Israeli attacks on Gaza during the same period. Had she done so, your readers would have been reminded that these are wildly disproportionate, far in excess even of the overall kill ratio of 3:1 or 4:1 during the second intifada. …

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