More inadequate BBC reports on the Airbnb story

This is a cross-post from BBC Watch

Despite having already published a report on exactly the same story late the previous evening, on the morning of November 20th the BBC News website published an article titled “Airbnb: Israeli uproar as firm bars West Bank settlements“.

A video embedded into the article also appeared separately on the BBC News website’s Middle East page on November 21st under the title “The West Bank homes being dropped from Airbnb“.

In that filmed report from Gush Etzion – where Jews purchased land long before the Jordanian invasion and occupation in 1948 – viewers were told that:

“Built on land occupied after the 1967 Six Day War, the settlements are seen as illegal under international law.”

In the written report readers were similarly told that:

“Jewish settlements in territory occupied by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war are considered illegal under international law, though Israel disputes this.”

Obviously this story in particular requires full audience understanding of the topic of ‘settlements’ and ‘international law’ but nevertheless the BBC elected once again to ignore its editorial obligation of “due impartiality” by erasing from audience view the existence of legal opinions which contradict the BBC’s selected narrative. 

Read the rest of this post here.

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  1. The BBC is at it again with the usual obfuscatory appeals to authority.

    Perhaps instead making pronouncements about history and law they could investigate such things to check for veracity. Is there anyone left in their employ capable of doing that?

  2. Since our claim to Judea and Samaria predates the British occupation of England by many thousands of years. We should consider their settlement construction to be illegal under international law