URGENT LETTER SENT TO PALESTINE SOLIDATITY CAMPAIGN TODAY
Jul 15, 2014 — Dear Martial Kurtz
As a seasoned PSC member, I beseech you to find the good sense to please please not waste the unique opportunity to put well-supported specific demands for reform to the BBC now while the iron is hot.
As any union negotiator will tell you, only specific demands with specific threats of action if those demands are not met have a chance of achieving anything.
The PSC letter to the BBC as it stands is a heart-felt but ultimately pointless message which will achieve ZERO and entirely waste the unprecedented mass of protesters' demands for reform.
Further, unless the momentum is properly harnessed with real measurable demands, it will permanently mark PSC as ineffective and flawed.
NO SPECIFIC COMPLAINTS, SPECIFIC DEMANDS OR SPECIFIC THREATS OF FURTHER ACTION = NO POSSIBILITY OF ACHIEVING ANY SPECIFIC CHANGE OR CONCESSION!
The following is an imperfect list which can be used as it is / adapted.
Please please do not waste all the protesters' energy while the BBC is under pressure from the biggest most widespread protests outside its studios up and down the country in living memory by leaving the PSC letter devoid of measured specific demands.
These can be added.to the letter body or tagged on as "Specific Demands":
DEAR TONY HALL DIRECTOR GENERAL AND JAMES HARDING DIRECTOR OF NEWS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS, THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF DEMANDS THAT AN IMPARTIAL PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTER WOULD NOT NEED TO BE ASKED. THE MASSES OF PROTESTERS OUTSIDE YOUR STUDIOS IN EVERY CITY IN THE UK ARE FURIOUS AT THE BLATANT PRO-ISRAELI BIAS AND WILL KEEP COMING BACK UNTIL WE RECEIVE CONFIRMATION THAT YOU AGREE THE FOLLOWING:
1)GUARANTEE TO HIGHLIGHT OVER 1.5K PALESTINIAN CHILDREN KILLED SINCE 2000, AND CLOSE TO 200 PALESTINIAN CIVILIANS IN CURRENT MASSACRE, WITH EQUIVALENCE TO THE 'STATE FUNERAL' TYPE BROADCAST AWARDED TO THE 3 ISRAELI CHILDREN RECENTLY, AND GUARANTEE TO ALWAYS IN FUTURE GIVE ACCOUNTABLY MEASURED FAIRLY REPRESENTATIVE TIME TO THOSE KILLED ON EACH SIDE.
2) GUARANTEE TO STOP REPEATEDLY JUSTIFYING ISRAELI ATTACKS ('in response' / 'in defence') WHILE CONSISTENTLY BLAMING PALESTIAN ONES.
3) GUARANTEE TO HIGHLIGHT DETAILS OF WORLD'S 4TH ARMY COMOARED TO THE PALESTINIAN REGUGEE MILITANTS, AND NOT TO PAINT THIS AS A 'WAR' WITH TWO RELATIVELY EQUAL ADVERSARIES.
4) GUARANTEE MEASURABLY EQUAL TIME FOR PALESTINIAN REPS AND ISRAELI.
5) GUARANTEE TO HIGHLIGHT CORE ISSUE OF ILLEGAL OCCUPATION, COLONISATION AND STARVATION RATION SIEGE, (SUPPORTED BY SUITABLE DOCUMENTARIES) AS THE BASIC OBVIOUS REASON FOR TENSION, AND THE RESOLUTION OF THIS BEING THE ONLY PATH TO PEACE, INCUMBENT ON POLITICIANS TO ACHIEVE.
6) GUARANTEE TO DETAIL PRECISELY ALL BBC LINKS AND MEETINGS WITH BICOM AND ALL OTHER ISRAELI PR/LOBBY GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS ( eg VISITS AND DISCUSSIONS WITH THE ISRAELI AMBASSADOR) WITH ACCESS TO BBC STAFF. (see especially chapter 5: bit.do/BICOMREPORT )
Please have the good heart and sense to act effectively by putting specific demands and threats of further action to BBC senior staff while protesters are outside their offices nationwide.
THE CHILDREN OF GAZA AND ALL PROTESTERS OVER THE UK NEED THE MOMENTUM GENERATED BY DISGUST AT THE BBC OUTPUT TO LEAD TO DEMANDS FOR REAL CHANGE, NOT A WISHY WASHY BLUNT-HEADED LETTER WITH NO SPECIFIC DEMANDS INCLUDED!
REMEMBER WE PAY FOR THE BBC! WE HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO DEMAND GOOD SERVICE FROM THEM!
ACT NOW TO ADD SPECIFIC DEMANDS OR YOU WILL FORVEVER LOSE MOMENTUM AND RESPECT FOR PSC.
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