Yom HaShoah

יום הזכרון לשואה ולגבורה תשע”ה

In Tunisia:

“…almost 5,000 Jews, most of them from Tunis and from certain northern communities, were taken captive and incarcerated in 32 labor camps scattered throughout Tunisia. The biggest and most lethal of these were the camps in Bizerte and Mateur, where tens of Jewish prisoners died from disease, labor, punishment by the German guards and Allied bombings.”


Media and Israel: Friday night long reads

1) Over at the Fathom journal is a transcript of a speech titled ‘The ideological roots of media bias against Israel’ given by journalist Matti Friedman at a recent BICOM dinner.candles

“As one BBC reporter informed a Jewish interviewee on camera several weeks ago, after a Muslim terrorist murdered four Jewish shoppers at a Paris supermarket, “Many critics of Israel’s policy would suggest that the Palestinians suffered hugely at Jewish hands as well.” Everything, that is, can be linked to the occupation, and Jews can be blamed even for the attacks against them. This isn’t the voice of the perpetrators, but of the enablers. The voice of the enablers is less honest than that of the perpetrators, and more dangerous for being disguised in respectable English. This voice is confident and growing in volume.”

Read the whole thing here

2) Hebrew speakers can find an article written by Yiftach Curiel in which he discusses the British media’s “obsession with Israel” here.

“After more than a year and a half in the role of spokesman for the embassy in London, I am still more surprised not by negative or inaccurate coverage […] but mainly by the volume of coverage and the unexplained level of interest in what happens in our little corner in the Middle East: in the great hopes hung upon us (such as an end to the conflict between extreme Islam and the West if only we would end the dispute between us and the Palestinians) and in the disappointment when we do not conduct ourselves like Sweden or Finland in the face of challenges which European states themselves have not experienced for tens of years.”

3) Anyone still in need of an antidote to the crass Tweet sent by the BBC’s ‘The Big Questions’ to promote its Holocaust Memorial Day edition can find an exceptionally moving piece by British journalist Hugo Rifkind here.



Top BBC Watch posts of 2014

Over the last twelve months the posts we have published here at BBC Watch have collectively received well over 460,000 views and this is an ideal opportunity to thank you – our readers – for your interest and support throughout the past year. We would also like to thank all those who have taken the trouble to contact us with feedback, updates on your complaints to the BBC and tips concerning items of BBC content. Your contributions are invaluable – please carry on in the New Year.

We were particularly honoured and touched by the fact that during the past summer when conflict raged in Israel and the atmosphere in Europe deteriorated to worrying depths of hate and animosity, many of you – particularly in the UK – wrote to us to share your feelings and concerns at that difficult time.Happy New Year

So which of our posts were the most read in 2014? Here are the top half-dozen:

1) The curious case of a dual-identity BBC interviewee in Gaza

2) Vital statistics: stealth changes made to the BBC’s Gaza casualty figures article

3) Beyond the BBC caricature of Israel

4) BBC Trending warns of misrepresented photo, BBC correspondent Tweets it

5) BBC’s Evan Davis promotes notion that search for kidnapped teens is ‘collective punishment’

6) Orla Guerin’s parting shot breaches BBC editorial guidelines

Wishing all our readers a happy, healthy and peaceful 2015.