Majority of missile fire from Gaza Strip ignored by BBC

At around 10 p.m. on Sunday, July 21st a missile fired from the Gaza Strip hit the Eshkol region of southern Israel. On the morning of July 24th, two mortars were fired at the same area, but fell short.

These latest incidents bring the total number of missiles targeting Israeli civilians fired from the Gaza Strip since the ceasefire which brought Operation Pillar of Cloud to an end last November to twenty-six (February – 1, March – 2, April – 10, May – 2, June – 5, July – 6). Three additional missiles have been fired at Eilat from the Sinai Peninsula during that time. 

Of those 26 attacks originating in the Gaza Strip, the BBC has reported on the incidents on February 26th 2013 – the first attack after the ceasefire – and those of April 2nd, and April 30th, to which Israel responded. Of the attacks on Eilat, the BBC only reported the incident of April 17th 2013.

In other words, the majority of missile attacks targeting Israeli civilians continue to be ignored by the BBC, as was the case in the months before Operation Pillar of Cloud. It is of course difficult to imagine such patchy BBC reporting were those missiles directed at British citizens.

If and when Israel is forced to respond to the renewed attacks, BBC audiences will yet again lack the background information which would enable them to put the news into context. 

5 comments on “Majority of missile fire from Gaza Strip ignored by BBC

  1. My experience here in the UK is that most people I engage with have little interest in what is happening in Israel, have a vague feeling that Israel is an oppressor, and have no idea of historical facts regarding the British Mandate, the formation of the State of Israel and the wars that ensued.
    There is much reliable information available on the Web but why go looking if you are really not concerned. Friends and contacts in my Jewish circle send me all sorts of information from a range of sources, which most often I already know about – I prefer to try to engage with my non-Jewish contacts when appropriate which seems a better way of using my time. I also let my MP know of concerns I may have – almost all of my Jewish contacts have ignored my advice to do the same, so I have stopped encouraging them to do so.
    It is not clear to me how the BBC will change given the attitudes that prevail in the UK presently, but I am full of admiration for this and other blogs’ tireless efforts in this respect.

    • Well said! We should not take this blog’s excellent work for granted. Sincere thanks to all concerned.

  2. The BBC is a mouthpiece for the ‘trendy elite’ in metropolitan London. They (and the t.v. and press in England) are Islamic sympathisers. They often rely on the Muslim vote in elections and so repeat the lies and drivel spouted by anti-Israeli groups. The idea that the BBC and the press in Britain is ‘free’ is nonsense. Anyone criticising ‘jihadists’ is considered a racist. The BBC even calls (Islamic) terrorists ‘hardliners’ and ‘fundamentalists’ to disguise what they really are. Many people in England are fooled into believing such rubbish, but not all of us. Israel’s wars are the west’s wars, just different fronts, defending democracy and freedom form Islamic ‘fundamentalism’ and Jjhadist terrorists.

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