Paula Stern from Ma’ale Adumim has written on the Times of Israel blogs of her recent day with a BBC film crew making a documentary in Israel.
“And when it was all done, I came home and pondered what I would write here. I get the first chance to post about my hours with some BBC employees and a seasoned BBC reporter. They and he will get the last word when the documentary airs. It will be an hour in length, covering hours and hours of footage shot all over Israel – the Negev, the north, Tel Aviv, and Ramallah. From all the hours of walking and driving…a few short sentences will be taken. “
Paula’s impressions are encouraging:
“BBC came to Maale Adumim to see, to listen and overall, I think they did.”
“I searched for the bias BBC is famous for; I waited for the agenda to come through. I have to be honest and say they were fair.”
“They said they wanted to show their audience the real Israel, the side the media doesn’t have a chance to show.”
Of course the proof of the pudding is in the editing, but the BBC reporter concerned is apparently John Ware, who has a good track record on understanding Islamist extremism, having made the Panorama documentaries on extremism in Saudi schools in Britain and the Hamas-linked charity Interpal.
Apparently due to be broadcast around April, this will be definitely a programme to watch out for.