BBC’s double standards on terrorism compromise accurate reporting

BBC Watch

As regular readers well know, the BBC consistently refrains from describing politically motivated acts of violence against Israelis as terrorism and the people who execute such attacks as terrorists.

An example of the consequence of that editorial policy was seen in an article which appeared on the BBC News website’s Middle East page on January 2nd under the headline “Israel will no longer return bodies of Palestinian Hamas militants“.bodies-hamas

BBC audiences were told that:

“Israel will not return the bodies of Palestinian militants to their families, but will bury them instead, officials said.

Israel said it was taking measures to ensure the return of Israeli remains from Palestinian territory. […]

After the meeting of the security cabinet, the prime minister’s office released a brief statement on the decision.

“The security cabinet discussed ways to effect the return of fallen soldiers and of civilians held in the Gaza…

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