Superficial BBC reporting of Tlaib and Omar story

This is a cross-post from BBC Watch

On August 15th the BBC News website published a report headlined “Israel bars Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from visiting” on its ‘Middle East’ page. The opening paragraph similarly told readers that:T and O art 1

“Israel is blocking two US Democratic lawmakers, who are prominent critics of the Israeli government, from visiting.”

The following lines however indicated that the BBC is well aware of the fact that the two Congresswomen had no interest in visiting Israel as a whole.

“Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib were due to visit the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem next week.”

Readers were told that:

“Both have supported the boycott movement against Israel, but Israeli law allows supporters of the campaign to be banned from visiting.”


“Israeli law blocks entrance visas to any foreigner who calls for any type of boycott that targets Israel – either economic, cultural or academic.

The law attempts to suppress the “boycott, divest, sanction” movement, which has drawn growing support across Europe and the US.” [emphasis added]

Not only is that representation of the 2017 amendment to the ‘Entry to Israel’ law inaccurate (the amendment gives the interior minister leeway to make exceptions) but as usual the BBC did not clarify to its audiences that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign (BDS) promotes the so-called ‘right of return’ for millions of descendants of Palestinian refugees which would lead to the elimination of the Jewish state and thereby deny the Jewish people their right to self-determination.  

Read the rest of this post here.


Categories: BBC, BDS

18 replies »

  1. They ignored the fact that Israel did in fact offer Tlalib to enter and she refused. Or the mere fact that the Limeys do the same all the time, including banning Israeli ministers for daring to defend themselves from British terrorists

  2. “mike farmer” got banned from david-collier because she was plying Holocaust Denial.

    ” David on August 11, 2019

    I have disabled comments for this particular blog and have given Mike a time-out from posting at all. He is a pure Jew baiter and in the last blog he was toying with Holocaust denial again – I have no desire to engage in an argument with him on this one, nor give him room to attack a charitable gesture of thanks with c&p arguments he doesn’t understand. If he cannot draw the line himself – I will draw it for him.”

    Happy Nakba, Bitch!

  3. It is the right, of course, for all democratic countries to deny entry to undesirables. Israel is a democratic country. These two Jew hating racists certainly fall into the category of ‘not welcome’.

  4. South Africa has a large BDS movement happening now.
    In fact…just 2 days before Tlaib and Omar were denied visas I studied info re Israel visa refusal for SA media star..female with large mouth as to Hating Israel.
    Keep a Sharp line btwn Israel and all BDS commie politics.
    respectfully…Dan Roley. Indianapolis.
    South Africa..rescue ops.