BBC still promoting myth of “1967 borders”

A few days ago, in this post, we remarked on the BBC’s promotion of the erroneous notion of “1967 borders”.

In one of several articles appearing in the BBC News website’s Middle East section relating to the November 29th UN vote to afford non-member observer status to the Palestinians – entitled “Palestinian UN status vote more than symbolic?” – we find the same mistake being repeated, but with the synonym “boundaries” instead of “borders”. 

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The use of a synonym does not constitute the correction of a mistake – as BBC editors entrusted with the adherence to Editorial Guidelines on accuracy should know.  

25 comments on “BBC still promoting myth of “1967 borders”

  1. In the wake of the UN vote, they are also stressing “occupied East Jerusalem” in their broadcasts. I have heard this twice so far this weekend, on both BBC News 24 bulletins I’ve caught.

    • East Jerusalem is part of Palestine, however it is currently occupied by the Israeli army, like 60% of the West Bank.

    • The 1967 borders are not a myth but reality.

      The new state of Palestine, which joined the UN last week-end, is based on the 1967 borders and so is the state of Israel.

      All I see here is ‘BBc watch’ writers who try to revive the myth that israel is a country without borders.

    • By the way: why do ‘BBC watch’ writers refuse to disclose their identity when writing stories?

      Any journalist writing for the Israeli press signs the stories he or she writes.

      Are ‘BBC Watch’ people so ashamed of that they write, they do not want their moms to know they work for ‘BBC watch’?

      • The new state of Palestine, which joined the UN last week-end, is based on the 1967 borders and so is the state of Israel.

        Really. Where exactly does the UN fix Palestinian borders then???? When the Arab armies viciously attacked Israel in 1967, there was no ‘Palestine’ or ‘Palestinian people’.

        • Dr Ms Sela, why is your name at the end of each post so small?

          Are you so embarrassed by what you write?

          For instance, do you feel ashamed after writing this story in which you insult the memory of a dead child?

          And also: did you apply for a job at the BBC and were turned down?

          • Why? Do you work at the BBC? If so, aren’t you ashamed at working at an organisation which is bound by its Charter and producers’ guidelines to be strictly impartial, yet which flouts that impartiality time and time and time again? Aren’t you ashamed of working for an organisation which uses a virtual poll-tax (the licence fee) to fund its propaganda, rather than raising its own revenue in order to do so, an organisation which is seen by numerous hapless licence-payers as an anachronism in this era of multi-channel broadcasting?

          • “Some people work at the BBC, CNN, SkyNews…” and some of them are pedophiles, and some of them cannot tell the difference between a pedophile and an honest man.

            “Some people work at the BBC, CNN, SkyNews…”, but less and less, those organizations are shrinking, and rightfully so. BBC Watch is growing, and unlike you, it has a future.

  2. Well Moshe Dayan didn’t think these borders were a myth, and no one was more involved in the business than him. See page 117 of his autobiography ” The story of my life “.

    “In the wake of the UN vote, they are also stressing “occupied East Jerusalem” in their broadcasts”

    Merely echoing the position of Her Majesty’s Govt and the Foreign Office equivalent of just about every country in the world. You surely wouldn’t slag them off for that ?

    http://www.fco.gov.uk/content/en/country-profile/middle-east-north-africa/fco_cp_opts?profile=today

    See country information.

  3. ” Well Moshe Dayan didn’t think these borders were a myth, and no one was more involved in the business than him. See page 117 of his autobiography ” The story of my life “.

    ” The armistice lines were demarcated in accordance with the Rhodes maps and were recognised as the borders of the State of Israel ” Moshe Dayan.

    And of course the UN recognised the State of Israel with these borders, after all it could hardly recognise a borderless state could it.? Just as in now recognising the State of Palestine it recognises these same borders. Over time the conception of the borders of Israel firmed up, so that by 1967 these borders were solidly Israel’s internationally borders. See every Atlas produced since 1948.

    If Israel had no borders it couldn’t complain of being attacked could it ? Because it wouldn’t in fact exist.

    So now we have one UN state illegally occupying, and illegally colonising the territory of another UN state. A bit of a game changer I would have thought.

      • Bio, get real: Palestine became a state this week-end.

        You’re not watching the news? It was all over Israeli TV.

    • Isn’t that what you’re doing in Iraq and Afganistan? Why doesn’t that bother you? Is it only Jewish blood you’re after?

    • What were the borders of the concentration camps recognize by the UN? By the League of Nations? Sorry for not caring that much.

      • Gil, your comment is not only shocking and unacceptable, it is also grotesque.

        The UN was created in 1945, after the end of World War II.

  4. so that by 1967 these borders were solidly Israel’s internationally borders. See every Atlas produced since 1948.

    This was meant to read ” ……..were solidly Israel’s INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED borders.”

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