When in the summer of 2014 the BBC finally got round to providing its audiences with information about Hamas’ cross-border attack tunnels thirteen days after the conflict began, the corporation was unable to describe the purpose of those tunnels to audiences in its own words.
Billed “Gaza ‘terror tunnels’ in 60 secs” on the BBC News website’s Middle East page, the filmed report appeared under the equally interestingly punctuated title “Middle East crisis: Israel releases ‘Gaza tunnel footage'”. In the synopsis audiences were told that:
“Israel sent ground troops into Gaza on Thursday, saying the ground operation is necessary to target Hamas’ network of tunnels.
It has stated the tunnels pose a threat of terrorist attacks against the Israeli population.”
The film itself employed similarly qualified language:
“Israel says tunnels like this are being used by militants to infiltrate its territory”.
“This Israel Defense Forces footage shows suspected Hamas…
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