Iran has decided that the BBC’s Persian service is illegal. Iranians cannot work for BBC Persian and the network is basically shut down with no broadcasting while talks ensue.
Iran says the BBC Persian is “illegal,” and little else.
BBC says the news it broadcasts on the channel is gathered from abroad, using sources within Iran.
But the shutdown came just after the BBC featured stories of Hamas cowardice during the war with Israel. The BBC World Service wondered where all the Hamas fighters went while Israel”s troops and tanks moved across Gaza.
Hamas boasted about how few men it lost in the fighting. The BBC wondered why more fighters weren’t lost to Israeli fire or even seen by the Israelis.
The BBC also wondered why a Hamas rally in Gaza on Wednesday only drew a few hundred Gazan supporters. Such rallies in the past would include thousands of Gazans….
In Jerusalem, the Post ran news stories further linking Hamas and Iran. The Jerusalem Post said the Hamas war plan was basically written by Iranians. The newspaper quoted Israeli Defense Force (IDF) officials who said Israel beat Hamas and Iran in Gaza….