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An Open Letter to BBC Panorama’s Jane Corbin

Aloha Jane,
As you know Panorama aired ‘Death in the Med’ this week. Well Jane, I have been in the media game long enough to know that moral depravity and lack of integrity are qualities that are rewarded rather than discouraged in your field of work. With such experience it is impossible for me to take commitments from someone like yourself seriously, and that is why I recorded our conversation clandestinely, a conversation in which you confirmed the agreement that was made between the BBC and myself with yourself and Alys as BBC representatives. In that agreement it was clear that I would agree to the interview if only you included the fact that we let the commandos go. Knowing that was the agreement and anticipating that I was going to confirm it once more after the interview you said;
“Well its the point about we didn’t kill the commandos, we had them in… that will be in there don’t worry. (laughing) That’s, that is important for us because obviously they would say they felt their lives were in danger, to which the corollary is, well their lives could have been in danger but we let them go. I think that’s a very strong point.”

So, instead of your team honouring its commitment to me, you instead aired a farcical report with multitudes of half-truths, lies, omissions and importantly, Israeli commandos who escaped rather than being set free. Let us be frank Jane, the reason for that is because it is impossible to square the whole angle that we are “terrorists” and extremists” and killers, if we let them go. It just doesn’t fit. So for BBC in this case, when the facts do not work, you lie. In an attempt to justify this, the BBC has written an insulting letter in defence of your fallacious fairytale; this is due to the torrent of complaints that have resulted from Death in the Med.

I mean what I say here Jane, I feel sorry for you. From what I can tell you do pretty well for yourself financially. BBC lauded you as one of its top journalists and no doubt you have the respect of many influential people, but when you get right down to it, you have become nothing but a propagandist. I would be willing to bet it did not start out that way, I am sure that when you were starting off the idea of selling your soul for the purpose of justifying murder with Orwellian skill was not in the plans. But somehow you have reached this point, and unless you decide to commit career suicide and admit your true role and the pressures that made you what you are today, you will die with the accolades from the powers that be, but your integrity will have died long before. I mean it Jane, I feel for you and hope you find the strength to do the right thing.

I do not expect a response from you, anymore than I expected you to honour your commitment to me, or more importantly, honour the tenants of the profession we call journalism. But if you can speak the truth, I would be happy to get a response from you.

In parting Jane, nine people were murdered on that ship, 8 of them were fathers, the youngest was aiming to become a doctor. The were on that ship for the same reason I was, to help the people of Gaza, people that include over 800,000 children, innocent children. The world largely sees them as bright lights and humanitarians and your program will have done nothing to erase that, instead you have tarnished yourself and the BBC all the more. Deep down Jane this is the truth, programs like that give the insanity of blockading and bombing and otherwise terrorising innocent people more time, what you are doing in literal effect is aiding and abetting mass-murder. I could not say that but for the fact that you know as well as I, that you and your Israeli producer, Israel Goldvicht, went out of your way to produce some first class propaganda for the Zionist project known as Israel. To be blunt, I hope what is left of your conscience pains you to such a degree that the only way to relieve the pressure is to come clean. Not only will you benefit in ways that money can never provide, but you will do a service to the innocent people you currently condemn to further outrage.

It is up to you Jane, make no mistake, there are insiders within the BBC who are so disgusted with what you have done, they are making their moves from within the BBC because the benefits of prostituting themselves has finally reached its breaking point. Think about where you stand, think about the world your children will inherit, think about your legacy, and then act with your heart. That is my advice to you. Either way I wish you the best Jane, I am sorry that I lied by recording you without your knowledge; I do not like doing such things.

TJP
Ken O’Keefe
Aloha Palestine – Managing Director
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60 responses

  1. Steve Connor

    Just watched the Panorama episode again on Youtube. To be fair many accusations against it were unjustified. But nevertheless lies were told and omissions made. Democracy Now did a much better job.

    August 21, 2010 at 4:08 pm

  2. Shahzad

    Well said keno, I fear it will fall of deaf ears as Jane and her employers have long since sold their souls to the devil !!!!
    The BBC is no more than a sick joke !
    Who is funded by the public through tv license but is a propaganda machine for the Zionist machine.
    I predict it will become part of the ( or has already ) Rupert Murdoch global bull$hit machine …..

    August 21, 2010 at 9:36 pm

  3. covkid

    Hi Ken,

    The whole documentary was a sham. From the moment Ms Corbin alleged that the IHH had links to terrorist organisations (no evidence provided)the seed of doubt had already been planted in the viewers mind that the purpose of the flotilla was not humanitarian but had a ulterior motive. Mention of the thousands of rockets fired into Israel( but not of the countless Israeli atrocities) and the videos of the self proclaimed martyrs only served to lead the viewer to one conclusion.
    The final insult came when Ms Corbin,rummaging through some medical boxes,triumphantly declared that 3/4 of them were out of date. The implication of course was that members of the flotilla were more interested in confronting the Israelis than delivering the aid.Israel the victim again.
    The whole sorry affair can only be described by what we call in Britain as a whitewash.
    It was journalism at its worse.
    I don’t wish ms Corbin any harm…but i hope she has many sleepless nights.

    TJP
    Covkid

    August 21, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    • mandore 100

      BBC = Bunch of Bloody Criminals

      August 23, 2010 at 1:26 am

  4. covkid

    P.S. i’ve made my protests to the B.B.C. ,but don’t expect any reply
    TJP.

    August 21, 2010 at 11:17 pm

  5. John P. Jones

    I just sent a brief email to Panorama, questioning why it is that they consider themselves to be an “investigative” show, and commenting about Jane Corbin’s pathetic and disgusting interviewing methods. I won’t post that email message here, as perhaps this is a family-friendly blog. I do, however, suggest that folks should send an email to Panorama (panorama.reply@bbc.co.uk) to express your reactions to that lame-ass show. I’m sure you’ll be a lot nicer than I was.

    August 22, 2010 at 3:45 am

  6. A very good idea, these Open Letters to the BBC !
    I published your letter on http://kruitvat.wordpress.com/2010/08/22/the-press/#comment-71

    August 22, 2010 at 1:33 pm

  7. We don’t need a reply ! Everybody can read our letters to the BBC-direction.

    August 22, 2010 at 1:35 pm

  8. eGuest

    The BBC-reply to the complaints does not mention the agreement they broke.
    This programme intended to explore the considerable confusion. Explore the confusion …

    August 22, 2010 at 8:27 pm

  9. Janet Stone

    Hilarious, especially how you overlook the fact that many people on the boats were determined to murder the Israelis.

    Keep it up, dude – you’re a gift to the Zionist movement!

    August 23, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    • That’s why we had three commandos in our possession and let them go, because “we were determined to murder”. Perfect logic Janet.

      August 26, 2010 at 10:04 am

      • Hi

        Weren’t you guys captured? So you had to let them go.

        September 15, 2010 at 1:39 pm

      • No that is not true; we stopped resisting when the order from the captain came down to do so. Before that happened we had disarmed and completely controlled three commandos. They were inside the ship and surrounded by 100 plus men; after giving them medical attention we released them… while active resistance was still taking place. We could have held them, we could have negotiated to get the satellite systems un-jammed and working so we could talk to the world. At which point if Israel would have had to decide between coming in and slaughtering who knows how many including their own probably, or negotiating for their release. We released them and avoided this altogether. But that was our choice, the bottom line is we totally controlled three of them and let them go.

        September 15, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    • M.I.N.

      haha.. determined to murder israelis? The Israelis had no right to be on the ship in the first place. they then proceeded to murder the people on the ship. was that not a crime? the activists released soldiers they captured, was that murderous?

      August 27, 2010 at 10:41 am

  10. niels

    Hi Ken
    It stinks to high heaven. the worst thing, though, is far too many people will be happy to believe the BBC.
    As a white South African that enjoyed the benefits of apartheid, I am lucky that I can now hear a journalist slant and lie. How Sarah Montague and Jane Corbin sleep soundly at night, I just don’t know.

    Kndest Regards
    Niels

    August 23, 2010 at 6:21 pm

  11. I am in no doubt that many on the ship were humanitarians who just wanted to help At the same time I also believe that there were some who were ready to use violence knowing that it would gain worldwide attention and make the Israelis out to be the baddies.

    August 24, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    • richard braverman

      .
      .
      knowing that it would gain worldwide attention and make the Israelis out to be the baddies…………….

      sandra trust me Israel does not need any help to make it look like the “badies”.

      Israel is a grotesque monstrosity built on theft of land and murder of innocents with the goal of producing a raciallly pure fascist state”

      Your inability to see this crime unfortunately makes you a “bady”

      I hope that will change because TRUTH and JUSTICE always needs warriors
      .
      .

      September 11, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    • Adam Zettler

      You must be living under a rock to actually try to say that this event was orchestrated to make Israel “look bad”. Israel has been doing a fantastic job of making itself look “bad” for the last 50 years with its mountains of lies and its treatment of the Palestinian people.

      September 12, 2010 at 3:28 am

    • @Sandra Phillips … NO ONE has to make “the Israelis out to be the baddies.” Is there some reason you can’t wrap your head around the FACT that the Israelis ARE “the baddies”??? They’re in violation of countless UN Security Council Resolutions. They persist with both the occupation and settlement expansion … which the UN has condemned as ILLEGAL. The seige/blockade of Gaza is ILLEGAL. Ethnic cleansing is illegal, collective punishment is illegal, stealing water and denying medical treatment is illegal, they are racists, dehumanizing, theiving, lying, brutal, ZioNAZI terrorists. The passengers did not come to engage the IDF “commandos” (wimps when they’ve had their weapons stripped from them), but who woud expect them … or anyone … to NOT defend themselves when they are attacked (in international waters, no less)? They are “the baddies”. How is it that most of the world knows this, and you don’t???

      And to dipshit (scroll up a few comments) who wrote: “Weren’t you guys captured? So you had to let them go.” Are you some kind of mental fucking midget??? Of course they DIDN’T have to let the captured and disarmed IDF go. They coud have killed them, or used them as hostages. Sure, in either case the results could have been worse, but it was a possibility, so “NO”, they didn’t have to let them go … but they did, because they’re not murderers, like the ZioNAZI bastards who attacked and actually did murder.

      The collective mentality of the hasbarists is quite embarrassing. It’s futile to attempt to paint Israel’s behavior in such a way that it doesn’t appear CRIMINAL. ZioNAZIs suffer two great mental disorders based on their buying into the bullshit assumptions that they’re “chosen people” and that “God” gave land to them. They’ll never, ever have security, they’ll always live in fear, and their ever-expanding campaign of propaganda (hasbara), spin, distraction, division, false-flags, outright bullshitting/lying is a good indicater that they’re going to fall. The biggest contributer to hatred of Jews around the world is Israel. I’m a Jew. Israel is not “the Jewish State” … it’s run by a bunch of Khazar converts who have no historical or ancestral to the Middle East, let alone the “Holy Land”. Israel does NOT speak for me or any Jews … except for you ignorant ZioNazis who don’t even realize that Zionists hijacked Judaism, and you feel some kind of perverted brand loyalty to Israel. Put your freakin’ humanity ahead of your religion, politics and nationalism. Somewhere under (inside?) your totally ignorant fat ass may be a human that is kept hidden by your own fears and insecurities.

      September 15, 2010 at 9:34 pm

      • Wow! It lacks all diplomacy John P. Jones, but I sure do love that brand of no bullshit communication. Fucking bravo!

        September 15, 2010 at 11:10 pm

  12. Ken O'Keefe

    Spot on covkid.

    August 26, 2010 at 10:00 am

  13. niels

    Go to the second part of the youtube insert of the Panarama programme: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nfo91FQVr7M&feature=related
    the scroll to 11min 52. Jane Corbin declares that the exact mathematical quantity of two thirds of all medication sent to Gaza were out of date.
    Naturally she counted how many medicines there were, then how many were out of date and then did the maths and came up with the exact percentage.
    She says ‘out of date and useless” yet they are no more than two months out of date. Oh sure two month out of date medication can be dangerous but in Gaza, there is a desperate shortage of medication and two month out of date medication has got to be better than no medication.

    August 26, 2010 at 10:19 am

  14. John Myles

    I’m a retired Englishman and I’m becoming more begrudging in paying my BBC license fee. The BBC has been one of our better institutions, but has sadly deteriorated over the last decade. Most alarming for me was Panorama’s “Death on the Med” as another example of BBC insider bias. This propaganda was embarrassingly shameful to watch and far from being the impartial forensic investigation that I expect from a publicly funded broadcaster. The basic undeniable fact is that the Israeli troops boarded a Turkish ship in International waters and killed 9 people. This was murder on the high seas and our BBC tried to excuse this wanton act of violence. What mass murder will BBC’s Panorama excuse next?
    John Myles
    from London

    August 26, 2010 at 11:17 am

  15. Fre

    Another sad day for fairness and justice. BBC has been hijacked by the Israeli-Zionist regime. Shame on Jane Corbin for she has been used by the Zionist regime to advance their agenda.

    August 27, 2010 at 1:30 am

  16. flash heart

    We are all still waiting for you to thank the IDF that had you in their possession and let you go.
    IDF soldiers could have finished you off they were armed and had you in their hands.
    Shouldn’t you be here telling the world how honorable they are for letting you live?
    But i guess you already know that while terrorists like your friends should be appreciated for not murdering hostages it should be expaceted out of an army like the IDF.
    Your know very well that among your brothers on that ship were animals wanting to murder those 3 unarmed wounded soldiers.

    August 27, 2010 at 8:29 am

    • Adam Zettler

      For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.

      And YOU sir, or madam, know in your own heart that you are a LIAR.

      September 12, 2010 at 3:25 am

      • Hi

        Leave your religion out of this. These comments do seem to be one sided, and when someone disagrees, he is attacked for it.

        September 15, 2010 at 1:43 pm

  17. It is not normal that the BBC makes such a program.
    It can be very useful to find out the contacts of the programmers.
    If they are friends of Tony Blair, I am not surprised.

    August 27, 2010 at 9:10 am

  18. M.I.N.

    i knew it couldnt be right.. i saw it and everything struck me ass odd.. thanks for clearing it up Ken.. and well done taping the conversation..

    August 27, 2010 at 10:46 am

  19. Blair attacks BBC for ‘anti-US bias’

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2005/sep/18/uk.usa

    August 27, 2010 at 1:42 pm

  20. Television New Zealand screened an edited version of the Panorama documentary tonight, as part of its “Sunday” program on Channel One. The excerpt was introduced by Cameron Bennett, who said “It remains in dispute who fired first” (aboard the Mavi Marmara). Anyone wishing to complain to TVNZ about this unthinking acceptance of Israeli hasbara can do so at http://ht.ly/2wk5E Pick “Sunday” from the program list.

    August 29, 2010 at 10:47 am

    • Shingo

      “It remains in dispute who fired first”

      That’s truly Orwellian Alan, given that even Israel retracted the initial claims that they were fired upon.

      September 12, 2010 at 12:22 pm

  21. Jenny Flintoft

    Dear Ken,
    I’m in the middle of a heated correspondence with the BBC about their horrendously biased prog. Realise you must be extremely busy but if you have the time to contact me I’d really appreciate it.
    Jenny Flintoft
    Branch Secretary
    Portsmouth/S Downs PSC

    September 4, 2010 at 11:03 am

    • Hi

      Come on guys, just because it showed a different side its horrendously biased? yes, in some ways it is, just as in some ways documentaries to the contrary are, stating those on board were all peace loving activists…We all know thats not true.

      September 15, 2010 at 1:46 pm

  22. Jenny Flintoft

    Would appreciate contact from Ken.

    September 4, 2010 at 11:05 am

  23. David Hillman

    Best Wishes to you.
    The programme was ridiculously and atrociously biased. Down here in Oxford we are deluging them with complaints -some copied here:

    http://oxfordpsc.blogspot.com/2010/09/panorama-complaint-of-bias.html

    September 5, 2010 at 12:16 pm

  24. Cine

    Death in the Med was broadcast on Australian ABC last night 07/09/10.

    http://www.abc.net.au/foreign/

    The programme forum is at the URL below. Ken, I have reposted your reply there.

    http://www2b.abc.net.au/tmb/Client/MessageList.aspx?b=56&t=43&te=True

    September 8, 2010 at 1:35 am

  25. Dear Ken, Death in the Med was aired last night on Australian government TV (ABC) and is generating outrage in the messages section of the host program, Foreign Correspondent. So far (13) all comments are negative. You might be interested in my own response, incorporating your powerful letter to Corbin, at Middle East Reality Check: http://middleeastrealitycheck.blogspot.com Thankyou for your courage & strength

    September 8, 2010 at 5:00 am

    • Thank you for this info MERC, check out Anthony Lawson’s new film exposing BBC all the more, I am honoured to have helped him in the making of it as well;

      September 11, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    • Shingo

      Yes thanks Merc,

      I went to the forum and while a few Israeli propagandists have arrived on the scene, they are clearly not getting their way. I joined in the discussion to smack down the usual talking points.

      September 12, 2010 at 11:28 pm

  26. UKSecrets

    I made a complaint to the BBC about Bias and Jane Corbyn.

    The BBC did respond, with “Jane is highly experienced, blah, blah, blah” ie fobbing me off.

    The Beeb were bombarded with complaints about Jane – their pro Zionist stance is taking a tanking, and they’re not sure what to do about it.

    They operate under a Royal Charter to be neutral, and once over a small number of complaints are in serious do do…. maybe it’s time to campaign to revoke their Royal Charter over this Zionist nonsense they’re spoodfeeding us against our will and intelligence.

    September 11, 2010 at 7:22 pm

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  28. Adam Zettler

    Godspeed to you sir and thank you for your bravery and your perseverance. They can try to twist the truth and destroy the truth but in the end the truth will win, and I know in my heart that the good people of this world will prevail and that evil and malfeasance is destined to fall, thanks to people like you, Mr O’ Keefe.

    September 12, 2010 at 3:23 am

  29. Unfortunately, the mainstream journalism profession is peopled by nothing but Jane Corbins. She is but one of the many “survivors” of the system whom I describe in my “Literary Toast” at http://www.dcdave.com/poet10/010610.html . Jane fits the third verse to a T. It begins:

    Let’s hear it for all those reporters
    Who learn how the contest is played.
    If they will just write what’s expected
    They can be handsomely paid,
    But most garner practically nothing
    And eventually fall off the ladder.
    The losers depart mostly wiser,
    While the winners grow gradually sadder.
    Let’s hear it for all those survivors
    Whose road to the top is not pretty…

    September 12, 2010 at 11:48 am

  30. Shingo

    Sperb letter Ken, you are an inspiration.

    Among the moutnains of flacious propaganda from Corbin, what amazed me about the documentary is that Corbin has the audacity to admit that the commandos carried pistols (which were used to kill passengers) while claiming the commandos had no lethal weapons on them.

    September 12, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    • So true.

      September 12, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    • Hi

      I think she was refering to paintball guns.

      September 15, 2010 at 1:47 pm

  31. Shingo

    One more thing Ken,

    Will you be releasing this recording you made?

    September 12, 2010 at 12:19 pm

  32. mourad

    I think NObody can deny the fact that they killed 10 people by now on international waters ,that will remain in history ,the fact that jane corbin choose to dissmiss this fact and the fact that three commondos(hat off to you guys ) were released peacfully (instead of they escaped) is her taking sides in the conflict that is basic thing you learn in journalism OBJECTIVITY

    September 12, 2010 at 2:16 pm

  33. mourad

    The Zionist Federation “commended” the programme and encouraged supporters to write to Panorama editors “to thank them for their fair coverage”. thats form here

    http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/37115/bbc-flotilla-a-political-ploy’

    September 12, 2010 at 3:46 pm

  34. Tony

    This was the last straw for me.
    I have long noticed the bias of the BBC when it comes to the middle east. From outright lies, “The Iranian president has called for Israel to be wiped off the map.” To lies of omission like during “cast lead” when the BBC was reporting that it was all because HAMAS had begun firing rockets into Israel.
    I have now informed the BBC that I will no longer be funding their lies. I suggest that others do the same.

    September 12, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    • It is a criminal offence to not pay the license fee and I am happy to say publicly as well that I will happily go to jail before I will pay for someone to produce disgusting propaganda that provides cover for mass-murder/war. I have willingly sacrificed my love affair with the BBC and wish to develop stronger and stronger relationships with real journalists and truth tellers accross the spectrum.
      TJP

      September 12, 2010 at 8:30 pm

      • Tony

        That’s two of us then.
        Cheers Ken

        September 12, 2010 at 9:04 pm

  35. niels

    Do you think we could have an updated blog… I am bored by all the comments on this post.

    September 13, 2010 at 11:36 am

    • @niels … If you’re bored, then I suggest you move along and leave this blog to those who are interested and who appreciate the updates! Don’t let the door hit you on the ass on your way out !!

      September 13, 2010 at 7:45 pm

  36. niels

    @John P Jones
    Okay, will do.
    Niels off to join the zionists.

    September 13, 2010 at 8:24 pm

  37. Published on Thursday, September 23, 2010 by The Telegraph/UK
    Israel Used ‘Incredible Violence’ Against Gaza Aid Flotilla, Says UN Human Rights Council
    Israeli troops broke international law by storming an aid flotilla bound for Gaza, according to a UN inquiry, which found that the killings of activists on-board were comparable to “SUMMARY EXECUTIONS”. [emphasis (caps) added by me]

    SEE STORY HERE:

    http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/09/23

    September 28, 2010 at 9:21 pm

  38. dieter barkhoff

    After being shown on Australian TV I complained to the ABC and received a reply which basically white-washed the BBC and Jane Corbin. I replied to that reply and received another white wash reply which insisted the ABC was right in airing the program which was in no way one-sided…
    What has the world come to?
    I applaud you Ken O’Keefe. I applaud everyone connected with this attempt to aid the people of Gaza.
    Regards
    Dieter

    October 22, 2010 at 7:25 am

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