On March 13th an article headlined “UK pro-Palestinian activist deported from Israel” appeared on the BBC News website’s UK and Middle East pages.
The first two paragraphs of the later version of the report summarise the story as follows:
“A UK activist has been blocked from entering Israel because of his support for a movement urging a boycott of the country, Israeli officials say.
Hugh Lanning, chairman of the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign, was deported after arriving on Sunday.”
Readers are next told that:
“It comes days after Israel passed a law barring entry to foreign backers of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.
The PSC says the law violates basic “freedoms essential to democracy”.”
Rather than referring merely to “backers” of the BDS campaign as the BBC claims, the amendment to the ‘Entry to Israel Act’ which was passed on March 6th in fact states:…
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