On the evening of July 7th listeners to BBC Radio 4’s ‘The World Tonight’ heard extensive coverage of that day’s UNESCO resolution declaring the old city of Hebron an endangered ‘Palestinian’ world heritage site – but with one word critical for audience understanding of the story repeatedly omitted.
The programme’s synopsis reads: [emphasis in bold added]
“Israel has strongly criticised UNESCO’s declaration that Hebron is a World Heritage site.”
Presenter Razia Iqbal gave listeners the headlines at the start of the programme (from 00:40), including:
“Israel has strongly criticised a UN decision to declare Hebron a world heritage site. We’ll get the Palestinian response.”
Listeners then heard what it later became apparent was an edited and spliced statement from Manuel Hassassian:
“I’m not only pleased but I’m thrilled that UNESCO is preserving the culture and the identity of the Palestinian people in Hebron.”
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