It is no dream: an impartial BBC article about Israel

Proving that it can indeed be done, the BBC Jerusalem Bureau’s Yolande Knell has written a balanced, accurate, impartial – and informative – article about the medical marijuana industry in Israel which appears in the Middle East section of the BBC News website. 

Let’s hope this is not just one swallow. 

10 comments on “It is no dream: an impartial BBC article about Israel

  1. Easily explained I’m afraid. We have clash of BBC memes, Israel = bad, dope = good, so the end result is a balancing each other out.

    • Will the BDS crowd protest using weed grown in Israel f it turns out that the secret location is somewhere on the West Bank?

      (I actually have a pretty good idea where it is, BTW, and its kosher – only those who really want to band anything at all from Israel will not be able to take a puff)

  2. Duvidl has this minute read a bundle of far more interesting and necessarily impartial Israel human interest stories, which are highly unlikely to be featured at the BBC. See, for example, here:

    Egyptian footballer says he may play for Israeli team
    http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=58837

    • Incidentally, Duvidl’s suggestion as to why the BBC will not feature this football story is because it shows tiny Israel’s game to bear no ill will to Arabs wishing to join, whereas British football (population 60 milion) has been dominated so far this season by a succession of internecine racism rows. The BBC has been forced to report these rows which paint an ugly picture of British football. Meanwhile, with its £3.5 billion TV taxpayers’ budget, the BBC abjectly fails to provide live TV coverage of domestic Premiership football, which the rest of the world views gratis

  3. I have to say that this is not such an isolated incident. If you search for, say, “weizmann institute” on the BBC News search box any amount of stories come up.

    I remember a couple of years ago coming across several positive scientific reports by a young lady from the BBC who was temporarily based in Israel. I’ve forgotten her name, but I seem to recall that she had written something on facebook about moving on. There were several reports by her around 2010/ 11.
    I don’t know if these examples are actually hers, but they were similar.
    (‘sniff code device’ controls wheelchair’)
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-10819014
    and
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12138280
    (“Women’s tears reduce men’s sexual desire – scientists”)

    They might not have been so prominently displayed on the BBC website as Knell’s piece, I can’t remember.

  4. Yolande Knell has written a balanced, accurate, impartial – and informative – article about the medical marijuana industry in Israel which appears in the Middle East section of the BBC News website.

    Probably Ms. Knell visiting the greenhouses got stoned by the “sweet distinctive smell” and lost her self control.

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