The lead story in the May 22nd afternoon edition of the BBC World Service radio programme ‘Newshour’ was the visit of the US president to Israel which, at the time of broadcast, had commenced just a few hours earlier. The programme included the false ‘Israel Apartheid’ claim by guest Mustafa Barghouti, a smear that wasn’t challenged by the BBC presenter.
On May 18th listeners to BBC Radio 4 heard the fourth part in Jeremy Bowen’s series of programmes ‘Our Man in the Middle East’. Titled ‘Jerusalem’, the programme is both rambling and predictable, with Bowen’s portrayal of the city focusing on blood, violence, religion, power and nationalism at the expense of any mention of its diversity and eclectic coexistence.
A filmed report titled “Israeli news presenter gets tearful reporting own show’s cancellation” appeared on BBC News website’s page on May 10th.
Fifty years ago today, the build-up of events that led to the Six Day War had already begun. After fourteen Palestinian terror attacks had been carried out with Syrian support since April 7th, Prime Minister Levi Eshkol warned Syria of retaliation on May 13th 1967. In this post, we investigate how those events portrayed to BBC’s audiences.
On May 8th the BBC News website’s Middle East page published an article – titled “Palestinian hunger strike leader Barghouti ‘filmed eating’. The article gives generous amplification to statements from interested parties and even before they clicked on the link, BBC audiences were informed that ‘Marwan Barghouti’s wife says the surveillance footage released by Israel’s prison service is “fake”‘.
Reports that appeared on the BBC News website on May 2nd clarified to audiences that Hamas itself had said that their new document launched in Qatar does not replace the terror group’s 1988 Charter. Nevertheless, the BBC World Service radio programme includes the inaccurate heading “Hamas Presents New Charter”.
Whilst nobody familiar with Banksy would be surprised by his use of imagery associated with classic antisemitism, it’s troubling that journalists who pride themselves on critically scrutinising every Israeli claim didn’t challenge the pro-Palestinian artist when he floated the risible claim that his latest project was benignly designed to promote dialogue.
The fact that Rafsanjani was relatively more liberal than his contemporaries in Iran should not be used to cover up the uncomfortable truth – that anti-Israel hatred pervades all elements of the Iranian leadership, “moderates” and conservatives alike.
A guest post by Aron White A few weeks ago, Jewish Chronicle editor Stephen Pollard drew attention to the BBC`s “soft boycott” of Israel. The term, coined by Mr Pollard, describes the […]
This is a cross post from BBC Watch As was noted here in an earlier post, while BBC coverage of the UN Security Council’s adoption of resolution 2334 included reactions from “the Palestinian […]
This is a cross post from BBC Watch. The Community Security Trust (CST) recently published its annual report (available here) on the topic of Antisemitic Discourse in Britain for the year 2015. The […]
So, the number 463 includes only 50 new homes, 234 units in one new nursing home building and the legalization of 179 already existing homes.
Cross-posted from BBC Watch Sky News’ reporter noticed them. So did journalists from the Guardian, the Telegraph, the Daily Mail, the Mirror and numerous other media organisations. In fact, one might well have concluded that only BBC Sport failed […]
Cross-posted from BBC Watch Like many other UK media organisations, the BBC devoted considerable coverage to the story of the conviction of British Islamist extremist Anjem Choudary which broke on August 16th. […]
The final paragraph of that article tells readers that in 2014, during the conflict between Israel and Hamas, Elie Wiesel accused Israel of committing genocide in the Gaza Strip.
As noted by Melanie Phillips, author David Rieff wrote the following in an op-ed for The Guardian, promoting his new book In Praise of Forgetting: “Israel offers a florid illustration of how disastrously collective […]
Whilst commentators are free to express skepticism over Lieberman’s sincerity in supporting two states (or the feasibility, legality or ethics of what’s known as ‘The Lieberman Plan’), Shabi’s claim that he “vowed there would never be a Palestinian state” is extremely misleading.
Are we really to believe that when Belkhiri wrote “Hitler didn’t kill all the Jews, he left some…so we [would] know why he was killing them”, she really meant “Hitler didn’t kill all the Zionists, he left some…so we [would] know why he was killing them”? And, when she wrote “”F—ing Jews, I hate them so much”, she meant to write “F—ing Zionists, I hate them so much”?
Charging Jews with engaging in behavior or embracing values similar to the Nazis is a moral and historical inversion on par with suggesting that African-Americans have adopted the values of white slave masters – a disgusting, intellectually unserious invective that should have been robustly refuted by the BBC Radio 4 host.
BBC Radio 4’s programme ‘The Briefing Room’ describes itself as follows: “Series looking at important issues in the news. Presented by David Aaronovitch.” The May 19th edition of that programme (available here) […]