Israel bans radio broadcast that named children killed in Gaza

Published July 25th, 2014 - 03:00 GMT

The Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA) banned the “politically controversial” clip by the rights group on the high number of Palestinian children deaths.

B’Tselem’s appealed the decision to ban the clip, which also included a list of some of the children’s names. However, after considering the Israeli right organization’s appeal, the IBA ruled that the ban should remain in place.

In reaction to the decision, B’Tselem said, “Is it controversial that the children [aren’t] alive? That they’re children? That those are their names? These are facts that we wish to bring to the public’s knowledge.”

In its appeal, the rights group argued that it wanted to air its clip because Israeli news programs failed to broadcast the names of the Palestinian fatalities.

B’Tselem added that hundreds of Palestinian civilians had lost their lives “but apart from a brief report on the number of fatalities, the Israeli media refrains from covering them.”

Nearly 730 Palestinians have been killed since Israel started its air raids on July 8 and its ground invasion nearly 10 days later. About 4,600 others have been wounded.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), at least 150 Palestinian children have been killed. Another 107,000 children are also in need of direct and specialized psychosocial support.

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