BBC continues to ignore majority of attacks on Israeli civilians

Readers of the BBC News website’s Middle East page will have learned during this past week that Barbara Streisand received an honorary PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and that celebrations of Shimon Peres’ 90th birthday took place in the same city with an impressive array of dignitaries on the guest list.  

What they will not have learned is that the residents of the Ashkelon area awoke to the sound of the air-raid siren at around 05:40 on Wednesday morning due to missile fire from the Gaza Strip.  Neither will they know that mortar fire from Syria hit the orchards of Kibbutz Elrom in the north Golan Heights on Thursday morning and that another Syrian mortar landed inside Israeli territory later the same day. No-one was hurt in any of the incidents above and Israel did not respond.

The same readers will also have no idea of the seventy-two cases of rock-throwing and fifteen firebombing incidents which took place in Judea & Samaria between June 11th and 17th alone or that in April 2013 ninety attacks (excluding stone-throwing) took place in the same region and in May, eighty-three. 

June 11 - 17 IDF

Back in April the BBC claimed that attacks on civilians in Judea & Samaria “are rare”, later revising the statement to read “fatal attacks on settlers are rare”. We are all aware of the old journalistic adage “if it bleeds it leads”, but the BBC seems to have taken that several steps further by totally ignoring the vast majority of violent attacks directed at Israeli civilians. 

6 comments on “BBC continues to ignore majority of attacks on Israeli civilians

  1. Palestinian attacks on Israelis are every day thus ‘ho hum’. Israelis attacking Palestinians = ‘man bites dog’. Big news. AND it fits the BBC pre conceived model.

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  3. The unintentional culprit is the Israeli media (especially the English language). They don’t report the attacks, either. Most Israelis themselves are only vaguely aware although there is a significant sector so tied to the Oslo Accords that they can’t admit its failure even to themselves,

    BBC correspondents lacking the local knowledge, contacts and language to find their own stories rely on the media and fixers. If J. Bowen can be believed the fixers from the Israeli side are Yesh Gvul types with no incentive to provide ammunition for Israel’s case.

    It’s not that the BBC is deliberately ignoring Arab attacks on Jews, although that goes on, as much as they are the blind, led by the one-eyed while all the while trumpeting their 20/20 vision.

  4. The BBC report today Israel hits back after Gaza rockets
    At least the headline makes it clear that it was in retaliation for rockets being fired first from Gaza.

    Curiously though, the article tells us:

    The rocket fire followed a rise in tensions in Gaza after a militant died in a shoot-out with Palestinian police.

    The Islamic Jihad faction says Raed Qassim Jundeyeih, a commander of its military wing, was killed on Saturday by police from Gaza’s governing Hamas movement, while Hamas says Jundeyeih was killed by a bullet fired from his own weapon.

    Islamic Jihad are believed to have been behind Sunday night’s rocket attack on Israel, which came after a period of relative calm.

    Did anybody else find it strange that Gaza militants should fire rockets at Israel after Palestinian police kill one of their own leaders?
    Well whoever wrote the article clearly doesn’t, it even goes on to tell us that the rockets fired follows ‘a period of relative calm’.

    ‘Calm’, as far as the BBC is concerned, is not affected by the 3 other rockets fired last Wednesday from Gaza towards Ashkelon in Israel, before any militant was killed by Palestinian police on Saturday. Since the BBC is so used to ignoring incidents of Palestinian aggression until Israel responds, it is understandable that they didn’t calculate this into their story today.

    I knew last Wednesday that this was coming since BBC Watch reported this incident and noted the absence of any mention of it by the BBC. It was clear from previous incidents of this kind that it would only be when Israel responds that we would hear about it from the BBC.

    Sure enough…
    Shows how their own IGNOREance gets them to find even more stupid reasons to explain events there.

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