LONDON: The Israel banned a simple radio ad which was just telling the names of some of the scores of children killed in Gaza so that parents and people are informed.
Israel said that the ad was controversial and it could spark emotions but the human rights group is outraged at this decision and now it intends to petition Israel’s supreme court on Sunday in an effort to get the ban overturned.
In its appeal, the human rights group, B’Tselem demanded to know what was controversial about the item.
“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.”
The human rights group said: “So far more than 600 people have been killed in bombings in Gaza, more than 150 of them children. But apart from a brief report on the number of fatalities, the Israeli media refrains from covering them.”
B’Tselem further said: “IBA says broadcasting the children’s names is politically controversial. But refusing to do so is incorrect as well because even this refusal is politically motivated.