British daily, The Telegraph, reported on May 27, 2012 that pro-Israeli BBC has used a photo taken in 2003 in Iraq to describe the latest massacre in Syrian city of Houla. The western media and governments have blamed Syrian army for the massacre, while Damascus claims that the pro-Bashar civilian and children were butchered by rebel militants, armed, trained and financed by the US, France, Israel, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar governments which want a pro-Israel regime change in Damascus.
Photographer Marco di Lauro said he nearly “fell off his chair” when he saw the image being used, and said he was “astonished” at the failure of the corporation to check their sources.
The picture, which was actually taken on March 27, 2003, shows a young Iraqi child jumping over dozens of white body bags containing skeletons found in a desert south of Baghdad.
It was posted on the BBC news website under the heading “Syria massacre in Houla condemned as outrage grows”.
The BBC is supposed to be a publically owned multi-media company – but in reality most of its top management and decision-making positions are held by pro-Israel Jews. The latest addition to BBC executive board is Marcus Paul Agius (b. 1946) born into a Jewish family and married to the daughter of Edmund de Rothschild, the family known to be the founder of Israel.
Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said that according to the witnesses – The victims were summarily executed by members of anti-government militia belonging to “shabiha” group.
The killings in the collection of villages known as Houla, located near Homs, have drawn fresh attention to the conflict in Syria, where a 15-month uprising against Assad has increasingly turned violent on both sides.
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