BBC binge reporting on Beitar comes to abrupt halt

Doubtless readers have not forgotten the recent spate of binge reporting by the BBC which culminated in no fewer than four reports in under a week on the subject of a group of racist fans at Beitar Jerusalem football club and the torching of the club’s offices. 

Interestingly though, the BBC’s interest in the story suddenly seemed to wane when, last week, the police arrested two fans in connection with the arson at the club’s offices, with a third suspect also arrested the following day. Two of those arrested are to be tried for arson. 

This type of hit and run reporting only contributes to the impression that it was not the story itself which was of interest to the BBC, but the opportunity to exploit an incident in order to shape audience perception of Israel as a country riddled with racism. 

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