BBC WS news bulletins amplify HRW delegitimisation campaign

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For some time now the Palestinian Authority’s Jibril Rajoub has been exploiting sport as a means of delegitimising Israel for political ends. In recent years he has, among other things, tried to get Israel expelled from the International Olympic community, threatened legal action against sponsors of the Jerusalem Marathon and pressured UEFA to disallow Israel’s hosting of a tournament. As president of the Palestinian Football Association, last year Rajoub turned his attentions to FIFA and the BBC produced a series of reports amplifying his campaign to get Israel suspended from world football.Connolly FIFA filmed

BBC frames anti-Israel delegitimisation campaign as a sports story

Wind in the sails of Jibril Rajoub’s anti-Israel campaign from BBC WS WHYS

Kevin Connolly continues the BBC’s amplification of anti-Israel delegitimisation

This week (as civilians in Syria continue to have their human rights violated by being killed en masse) one of the BBC’s most quoted and promoted NGOs found…

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One to listen out for on BBC Radio 4

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At 8 p.m. UK time on Wednesday September 28th, BBC Radio 4 will broadcast a programme that no doubt is of interest to many of our readers.

Titled “Reporting Terror: A Dangerous Game“, the programme is presented by the BBC’s security correspondent Gordon Corera (who has visited that topic in the past) and the synopsis reads as follows:r4-corera-prog-terror

“A string of terrorist attacks in France and Germany dominated the news agenda in summer 2016. Now, some journalists are asking if their approach needs to change. More than 30 years after Margaret Thatcher famously coined the phrase “the oxygen of publicity” when referring to media coverage of the IRA, the French newspaper Le Monde has pledged to stop publishing photographs of terrorists in an attempt to deny them “posthumous glorification”. So should media outlets in the UK and Europe change the way in which they cover terrorism?

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Two egregious omissions illustrate continued anti-Israel bias at the Independent

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Omissions are arguably more damaging than outright errors in skewing news reports in a particular political direction.

Whereas outright errors of fact can often be easily spotted and challenged, the mere absence of information vital to accurately contextualize a story is not always as easy to catch, and even harder to correct.  Such omissions – most of which just so happen to reinforce the desired media narrative on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – greatly impact news consumers’ understanding of Israel and the wider region.

A report published at the Independent yesterday (Facebook ‘blocks’ accounts of seven Palestinian journalists, Sept. 26) falls into this category.

First, a brief note on the photo Indy editors chose for the tweet and the full article. The ‘menacing’ Israeli soldier and the pleading Palestinian women may be evocative, but (as you’ll see) it has little to do with the story.

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BBC News website introduces tagging

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Readers may have noticed that the past few weeks have seen the appearance of tags on some of the articles appearing on the BBC News website. As has been noted here on numerous occasions (as well as in our submission to the DCMS Charter Review), the absence of tagging has until now prevented audiences from locating all the BBC’s content concerning a particular topic in chronological order.

Although tagging appears to be limited and not entirely consistent so far, when it is added audiences can find the tags either at the top or bottom of the text – for example:

tagging-egUsing the tag, audiences can then bring up a page displaying all articles tagged with the same category – for example Astronomy, Turkey, Germany, Syrian civil war, Barack Obama, Europe migrant crisis or Islamic State group. An internet search for ‘BBC & Germany’…

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BBC R4 ‘Today’ presenter startled by Gaza fact

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The September 24th edition of the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘Today’ included an interview (from 01:46:26 here) in which presenter Sarah Montague discussed the question ‘are more black people now being shot by police in the US?’ with the Guardian’s Gary

At around 01:48:57 Younge made the following statement:

“…a black man’s life expectancy in DC is lower than a man’s life expectancy on the Gaza Strip…”

Montague interjected incredulously:

“Seriously? Sorry, but that is an…a startling statistic – if it’s true.”

Younge: “Absolutely. According to CIA figures about life expectancy in the Gaza Strip and the government figures on black life expectancy in DC, that was certainly true last time I looked.”

So was Montague’s scepticism justified?

According to a study published by Georgetown University in 2016:

“While life expectancy has improved for all populations in the city, Black residents do not fare as well…

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The Independent places the Temple Mount in “Palestine”

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An article published earlier in the month at Indy100 (The Independent’s BuzzFeed–style website featuring ‘click bait’ and viral content) highlighting photos from around the world of Muslims celebrating the festival of Eid al-Adha.

Here’s a snapshot of one of the Eid al-Adha celebrations across the globe featured in the story written by the virulently anti-Israel Indy100 journalist Narjas Zatat.


The photo shown depicts the Dome of the Rock, located on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, builtin the 7th century CE on the spot where the Jewish Temples had stood.

Though the Temple Mount (Judaism’s holiest site) is administered by Jordan’s Islamic Waqf, and future control of these holy sites (as with the rest of “east” Jerusalem) is in dispute, under the current status quo Israel retains sovereignty and security control of the area.  It’s no more accurate to claim that the Temple Mount is in “Palestine” than it would…

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Misleading headlines for BBC News report on Ankara incident

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An incident which took place outside the Israeli embassy in Ankara on September 21st was reported on the BBC News website in an article which carried three different headlines in the space of eight hours.

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The BBC’s original description of the incident in which a man tried to stab a security guard at the entrance to the embassy and was then shot in the leg was as follows:

“Turkey attack: Man shot at Israel embassy in Ankara”

Obviously that headline led audiences towards the erroneous belief that the “man shot” was the victim of the “Turkey attack” rather than the perpetrator.

Following criticism on social media, over six hours after its original publication that headline was amended to read:

“Turkey attacker shot at Israel embassy in Ankara”

Two hours later the headline changed again – perhaps in an attempt to clarify that the target of the attack…

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