This looks promising at first sight: a two minutes and 27 seconds BBC News report by Jeremy Bowen entitled “Israeli-Gaza conflict: Ashkelon bears brunt of rockets” from November 18th.
Here is some footage from Ashkelon taken on November 19th by Al Jazeera.
So did BBC audiences finally get to see what is happening in that beleaguered town? Well, not much.
Bowen’s 147 second report showed a mere twenty-eight seconds of footage from Ashkelon.
The rest of the report showed images of a meeting of the Israeli cabinet (12 seconds), Israeli soldiers training (60 seconds), President Obama (25 seconds), the Iron Dome missile defence system (25 seconds), a panorama of Gaza City (2 seconds) during which Bowen injects the loaded term ‘proportionate’, an interview with Lt Col Leibovich of the IDF Spokesman’s unit (14 seconds) and is then rounded up with a further 20 seconds of pictures of Israeli tanks and bulldozers.
So BBC viewers are probably little the wiser about what it is like for the residents of Ashkelon to “bear the brunt” of barrages of rocket attacks for years on end after Jeremy Bowen’s report.
But they do now know that there are lots of soldiers, politicians and very big bulldozers in Israel.