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Studies by groups such as the Community Security Trust and the All-Party Parliamentary Group against Antisemitism following last year’s Gaza conflict highlighted the inescapable connection between media coverage of a war thousands of miles away and antisemitic incidents in Britain.

In July this year, Prime Minister David Cameron made a speech outlining the government’s five-year strategy for dealing with extremism. In it he raised issues including the promotion of conspiracy theories relating to Israel and Jews, and the dissemination of antisemitic tropes.

With its unparalleled outreach and worldwide influence, the BBC has an obvious obligation to exercise responsibility regarding these issues.

The upcoming review of the BBC’s charter presents a once-in-a-decade opportunity to address the question of whether that obligation is being met, and to examine the wider effects of BBC coverage of Israel, Jews and antisemitism on community cohesion in
Britain.

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  1. After Balen reported, the BBC board of governors set up a panel, chaired by Sir Quentin Thomas, to provide an external independent review of reporting of Middle East affairs. The panel’s findings, published in April 2006, concluded there was “no deliberate or systematic bias” in the BBC’s reporting, but said its approach had at times been “inconsistent” and was “not always providing a complete picture” which had been “misleading”.
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    So, there’s no real bias pro-Israeli or pro-Palestinian in this INTERNAL report. The rightful owners of it being the BBC, for whom it was commissioned.

    As I understand it, many documents pertaining to the events surrounding creation of the Israeli state are still being witheld by the Israeli authorities, shameful isn’t it? Is it?

    • “As I understand it, many documents pertaining to the events surrounding creation of the Israeli state are still being witheld by the Israeli authorities, shameful isn’t it? Is it?”

      Stephen Bellamy, FYI nothing is withheld, there are plenty of books that were published about this issue including all the references required. If you are really interested I refer you to the following books:

      ME Diary by Col. Richard Meinertzhagen,
      The Rape of Palestine by William Ziff,
      Battleground by Samuel Katz,
      The Abandonment of the Jews by David Wyman,
      Palestine Betrayed by Efraim Karsh
      The Claim of Dispossession by A. Avneri
      The Icon of Evil by David Dalin,
      From Time Immemorial by Joan Peters

    • You really are quite remarkably stupid, aren’t you? The utterly corrupt BBC is owned by the public. It’s paid for by the public. The obscene salaries of its arrogant, snotty directors are paid by the public. The Balen report was paid for by the public, and its owners are the public.
      No systematic bias? LMAO. Reading BBC Watch for one week would disabuse any sane, non-racist person with a 3-digit IQ of that moronic notion.
      I am beginning to think that you are a plant, a deliberate parody.

    • I note that you are not addressing why the Balen Report was suppressed by court order.
      That was done at the cost of the licence payer.
      One might be forgiven for concluding that it unearthed much that would have been at least embarrassing to the BBC had it been published, and that consequently the BBC had a great deal to hide (otherwise why not publish it, particularly in view of the fact that it had been commissioned at the taxpayers’ cost) and that the BBC governors’ own report was a poor attempt at papering over the cracks.

      • If the taxpayers paid for the report, doesn’t it belong to the taxpayers and don’t they have the right to see the report?

        The BBC trying to sweep bad news under the carpet?

      • It was commissioned as an internal report. It’s possible that it concluded that it found anti-Islamic bias. It’s possible that it concluded that it found anti-Semitic bias. It’s possible that it found neither. It’s possible that any finding may have incited one group or another.
        Of course it was done by licence-payer and not government funding. The BBC licence payers are overwhelmingly happy with the BBC whereas BBCWitch snipers are invariably less happy. It’s their job to be.

    • “As I understand it, many documents pertaining to the events surrounding creation of the Israeli state are still being witheld by the Israeli authorities, shameful isn’t it? Is it?”

      Stephen Bellamy, FYI nothing is withheld, there are plenty of books that were published about this issue including all the references required. If you are really interested I refer you to the following books:

      ME Diary by Col. Richard Meinertzhagen,
      The Rape of Palestine by William Ziff,
      Battleground by Samuel Katz,
      The Abandonment of the Jews by David Wyman,
      Palestine Betrayed by Efraim Karsh
      The Claim of Dispossession by A. Avneri
      The Icon of Evil by David Dalin,
      From Time Immemorial by Joan Peters