BBC ‘downgrades’ Hizballah

As has been previously noted here, the BBC has in the past consistently referred to Hizballah as a “militant group”, despite its known involvement in terrorism. 

In its report of February 12th entitled “Bulgaria gives Burgas bomb suspects’ names to Europol”, the BBC appears to have ‘downgraded’ Hizballah even further. Throughout that article, even the infamously euphemistic BBC description ‘militant group’ does not appear. Instead, Hizballah is described as “The Lebanese Shia group” and later simply as “the Shia group”. 

With the EU Foreign Affairs Council set to meet on February 18th 2013 in order to discuss the subject of the designation of Hizballah as a terrorist organization, the use of accurate language and the realistic presentation of the organization and its full range of activities are especially important at this time in order to fully inform BBC audiences of the real issues under discussion. 

On that subject, readers may be interested in this article by Matthew Levitt as well as the recently published two-part essay by the veteran Israeli analyst  Ron Ben Yishai – here and here


View towards Bint Jbeil, south Lebanon, from the Israel-Lebanon border

8 comments on “BBC ‘downgrades’ Hizballah

  1. I think you’ll find that the “name” translates to ” Party of God”. Ironic in that this “militant” grouping is largely a result of Israel’s meddling in the affairs of the Lebanon back in the Eighties. Of course when Nero “fiddled” we know that Rome burnt! When Israel “meddles” thousands nay tens of thousands of innocents die. When God saw this he created the party of God and lo and behold the Israelis took flight! along came 2006 and Israel “meddled” once again and once again the Party of God kicked their ass! So then. As I don’t believe in God but Hezbollah clearly exist I prefer to refer to them as “The party what kicked the IDF can down the road”. Hope this clears up one or two misapprehensions!


    • It will no doubt come a surprise to you, Snotty-troll, but the total number of casualties during the entire(i.e. over 64 years) Israeli Palestinian-Conflict is about 15,000(Israelis included).
      So, no “thousands”, and no “tens of the thousands”, and the majority of those killed, on the Palestinian side, were no “innocents” — though every unnecessary death of course remains a tragedy.
      Secondly, you’re not just confused there: Israel didn’t meddle. It merely responded to the attempted murder of 38 civilians in Israel(of these, 13 were children); the attempted murder of the Israeli Ambassador in London, and endless Rocket fire on Northern Israel. There, I fixed it for you.
      Also, the Second Lebanon War came about after the kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers, on Israeli soil by Hezbullah.
      As for anyone kicking anyone’s ass, let’s put it this way: Nasrallah(head of Hizbullah) is now afraid to leave his underground Bunker(in fact, he hasn’t done this since 2006), and not a single Rocket has been fired since, at Israel.
      That, is the direct product of Israel instilling mortal fear in Hezbullah — but you can call it Kicking Hezbullah’s ass, if you like.
      Oh, and my usual adjuration: Troll somewhere else, pillock

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