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VIDEO: Hand in Hand for propaganda?

a short video concerning the BBC’s possibly fraudulent “Saving Syria’s Children” documentary

Given the increasing hysteria of the media’s current reporting of the situation in Syria, which may well be the precursor of more violence to be rationalised as “humanitarian intervention”, we’re returning to our ongoing series on the BBC’s “Saving Syria’s Children” documentary and the numerous problems arising from it (see our previous articles here and here).

If you have been following and if you’ve read Robert Stuart’s excellent investigation, you’ll know the BBC Panorama program in question featured a doctor named Rola Hallam, who works with the charity “Hand in Hand For Syria”, and who – according to the program – just happened tp be present at the Atareb hospital in Syria, with a Panorama film crew when a “chemical attack” occurred nearby at a school in Aleppo.

We’ve already covered many of the reasons to question or even reject portions of this narrative, as well as some of the issues surrounding the charity Hand in Hand For Syria, but this short film airs yet another area of doubt. Was/is Rola Hallam’s father, Mousa al-Kurdi, just “a gynaecologist” as Rola herself claims, or is he in fact a senior figure in the major opposition group – the Syrian National Council?

There is a good deal of evidence for the latter, as Robert Stuart shows:

“…According to a February 2013 article written Dr Hallam’s colleague, Dr Saleyha Ahsan, Dr al-Kurdi is “involved politically with the Syrian National Council”. In an Al Jazeera interview Dr al-Kurdi passionately advocates for the Syrian National Council’s recognition as the “sole representative” of all Syrians and relates how, following his address to the Friends of Syria summit in Istanbul in 2012 (attended by Hillary Clinton), he told Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu “You’re not doing enough” and demanded of Professor Davutoğlu and several other foreign ministers, including Victoria Nuland of the US State Department, “either you defend us or you arm the Syrian Free Army to defend us – you have the choice”.

The question matters, of course, because the daughter of “a gynaecologist” can be presented as a non-political figure simply concerned with “saving Syria’s children”, whereas the daughter of a senior figure in the Syrian National Council – a major force in the campaign to remove Assad – can’t be viewed in such a light.

Is this why Hallam conveniently forgets to mention this aspect of her dad’s career? You be the judge.

On the same topic we need to ask why other members of the “Hand in Hand” charity have been photographed wielding “a cornucopia of armaments”?

More on that at a later date.


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10 Comments

  1. Rhisiart Gwilym says

    May I suggest Nutty Natty Nougat (NNN) as a suitably droll handle for your delectation when speaking of the (failed) French editress now scamming lukeharding-like, reality-free hatchet-pieces for the Graun.

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  2. writerroddis says

    One of several truly dismaying aspects of the Syria sitch is the way even leftists have bought into an essentially pro American imperialist narrative. It’s not just those ridiculous Graun columns by Natalie Nougayrède. A constant on social media are references to discredited outfits – White Helmets, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Saving Syria’s Children – as though they were impartial, non political observers. This is how the “humanitarian intervention” poppycock is unwittingly peddled by well intentioned people who are too excitable and/or too lazy to do a little fact finding before hitting the send button.

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    • Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is a case in point. This is a one-man band operation/outfit under the tutelage of a Mr Al Ahram. Mr A left Syria more than 10 years ago, settled with his wife in Coventry, UK, with whom he runs a shop. He claims to have ‘high contacts’ in the Syrian government who supply him with the inside information as to what is really going on. He is given to making ridiculous and unsubstantiated assertions on the situation in Syria through his ‘reliable sources’ This includes an article this year published in the UK – reputedly left-wing – newspaper, The Independent, in which he claims that some 60,000 political prisoners have perished in Assad’s jail at the hand of his secret police. True to form no evidence is produced, and even Human Rights Watch wouldn’t touch the story; also true to form The Independent simply printed this garbage without comment apparently taking Mr A at face value.

      Such is the information and the part played by the western media.

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    • Richard Le Sarcophage says

      In what parallel universe is the ULTRA-odious Nougayrede, a ‘leftist’? A viciously fanatic hater of Russia, like a female Luke Harding is what I see. The performance of the Western MSM during the destruction of Syria has been filthy even by their debased standards, and the Groupthink ABSOLUTE. So the great string-pullers are at work, and that’s no surprise, because the destruction of Syria prior to the ‘redemption’ of swathes of its territory to Eretz Yisrael, is and long has been a prime Israeli geo-strategic priority.

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  3. It was a chilling experience to have attended the Save the Children event in November 2013 as host Jon Sopel sombrely introduced excerpts from Saving Syria’s Children to a hushed audience [1], including the Grand Guignol “tableau scene” [2] and the “father and daughter” [3] who appear remarkably similar in age (and the latter of whose distinctive clothing seems to have been recycled by another alleged victim later in the day). [4]

    Rather than the somewhat fumbling question about the napalm/chemical weapon edit I now rather wish I’d asked Dr Hallam whether it might have been less disingenuous of the programme makers to have informed audiences that the sequences we had just seen were a Crimewatch-style reconstruction of events, employing actors or volunteers* and special make up effects [5], which may or may not have taken place as depicted in the BBC’s report.

    Many of the issues surrounding Saving Syria’s Children are discussed here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lu6TlmHnd4c and the original programme is on Vimeo here (relevant section from 30 minutes 31 seconds) https://vimeo.com/140567469.

    The creator of the You Tube video above also made this earlier piece https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvyG7-jnmL0 and this short “open letter” to Hand in Hand for Syria: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SB753nV0s4o

    A claim I am even more confident to make now that it appears one of them has contacted me [6] and as more images surface of participants from the day captured in jarringly cheerful demeanour. [7]

    [1] https://youtu.be/I-C9PDOSp7g?t=24m
    [2] https://bbcpanoramasavingsyriaschildren.wordpress.com/tableau-of-males/
    [3] https://bbcpanoramasavingsyriaschildren.wordpress.com/woman-in-black-dress/
    [4] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRuiJyIts-w
    [5] https://bbcpanoramasavingsyriaschildren.wordpress.com/hospex-macro-simulation-techniques/
    [6] https://bbcpanoramasavingsyriaschildren.wordpress.com/identification-of-possible-participant-in-the-napalm-bomb-event/
    [7] https://bbcpanoramasavingsyriaschildren.wordpress.com/2016/04/08/the-napalm-dor/

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    • Eric_B says

      A boy featured in the Saving Syria’s Children video has also appeared in White Helmets photos being ‘rescued’.

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    • The asterisk after “actors or volunteers” was intended to refer to the sentence beginning “A claim I am even more confident to make…”

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