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‘Homemade’ Palestinian weapons return to BBC news reporting


This is a cross-post from BBC Watch.

Back in November 2012 a BBC TV presenter told viewers that Hamas was ‘only’ firing “home-made contraptions” at Israeli civilians.

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During the conflict in the summer of 2014, BBC Jerusalem bureau correspondents repeatedly described the missile arsenals of the Gaza Strip based terrorist organisations as “homemade rockets”.

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As was noted here at the time:

“The obvious intention is to steer audiences towards a view of these weapons as being crudely and simply made, with the implication that they are ineffective and do not present such a dangerous threat to Israeli civilians.”

Five years on, BBC audiences were told of a “homemade” improvised explosive by one of the same BBC Jerusalem bureau correspondents in the August 24th edition of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Midnight News’ (from 17:23 here).

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  1. “Back in November 2012 a BBC TV presenter told viewers that Hamas was ‘only’ firing “home-made contraptions” at Israeli civilians.”
    Oh. Does that mean the presenter would be okay with someone firing one at him? No harm, no foul?

    Homemade slanted journalism from the BBC.

  2. Why does the BBC have CHECKPOINTS at the entrance to Broadcasting House in Portland Place and Langham Place?