Andrew Marr Under Fire For “Palestinian Kids Being Killed” Remark
"The Middle East is aflame again, there’s lots of Palestinian kids being killed further south as well by the Israeli forces.” Andrew Marr said

BBC presenter Andrew Marr came under fire after he disclosed Israel’s crimes against Palestinian children in Gaza.

On BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show, broadcast on 8 April, the presenter referred to “lots of Palestinian kids being killed” by Israeli forces – in a conversation about Syria’s civil war.

Marr’s comments were a reference to clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians in Gaza, he said: “And the Middle East is aflame again,” added, “I mean there’s lots of Palestinian kids being killed further south as well by Israeli forces.”

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The UK-based journalist, Jonathan Sacerdoti, complained to the BBC that Marr’s statement was factually incorrect, irrelevant and inappropriate to the conversation at hand.

“He stated there’s a lot of Palestinian kids being killed further south by Israeli forces,” Sacerdoti’s said, “This is completely incorrect and is made up. This was irrelevant to the conversation on Syria… and also actually completely false.”

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Initially, BBC producers defended Marr’s comments by pointing to the fact that in the week leading up to that episode of the Andrew Marr Show, five “younger people” had been killed by the Israel Defense Forces.

However, the BBC complaints department said later that although there had been five deaths of “younger” Palestinians at the time, it did not constitute “lots of children” that Marr referred to and found its presenter guilty of breaching editorial guidelines.

Palestinian Journalists’ Club (PJC), on the other hand, called the BBC broadcaster to stand on the side of humanity and remain objective in reporting the news and not to ignore the Israeli crimes against Palestinians.

According to independent NGO Defense for Children International Palestine, over 1,996 Palestinian children were killed between 2000 and 2015.

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