Different borders; different BBC reporting priorities

Early in the morning of Tuesday, November 6th, a routine IDF patrol along the Israeli side of the border with the Gaza Strip was the target of an explosion. Three IDF soldiers were injured – one moderately. Shortly afterwards, a rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip at civilian communities in the Eshkol region in southern Israel. 

Israeli news reports of the incident began to appear shortly before 8 a.m. local time. More than nine hours later, any mention of the explosion or the rocket was still absent from the BBC News website. 

In contrast, on Monday November 5th at around 8:30 p.m., a shot was fired from Syria at an Israeli army jeep on patrol in the Golan Heights. It is thought that the gunfire was not aimed intentionally at the IDF, but was part of a battle between Syrian government forces and rebels in a village just over the border. 

That incident was reported on the BBC News website within three hours of its occurrence. 

So, a stray bullet – which fortunately did not cause any injury – on one border is reported with comparative alacrity, whilst the deliberate targeting and wounding of soldiers and rocket fire at civilians on another border is ignored. 

Strange priorities.  

9 comments on “Different borders; different BBC reporting priorities

  1. One has to wonder how this incident can be reported on BBC Watch but not on the BBC. Afaik, the BBC’s news gathering organisation in Israel is second in size only to Washington, yet they don’t report this incident.

    Why not?

  2. You seem surprised by this. Why! The Turks are staging a kangeroo mock court over the Marmi Mamura incident. That hasn’t appeared on US news. Our Jewish blood is cheap. THEY DON”T CARE. The sooner we die the sooner they can beat their breasts and cry crocodile tears and exclaim “what a pity”.

  3. I can only conclude that the beeb’s middle east journalists are itching for a scrap between Israel and Syria. It must be very frustrating for them that nothing has happened yet. On the other hand, bad things done by Hamas are brushed under the carpet so that they can focus on Israel’s responses instead.

    • Long before there was an Israel there were Arabists who still persist in calling Israel Palestine and who are determined that things should return to the way that suits them. Many of them are employed by the Beeb and attempt to spread the infection

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