BBC’s Knell still can’t get Hamas terror designation right

In a November 16th article titled “Hamas press team gets makeover with first spokeswoman” which appeared in the ‘Features & Analysis’ section of the BBC News website’s Middle East page, Yolande Knell writes: Hamas spokeswoman

“It [Hamas] refuses to recognise Israel and is regarded as a terrorist organisation by the European Union and the United States.”

Hamas is in fact defined as a terrorist organization by Israel, the United States, the European Union, Canada and Japan – as the BBC’s own profile of Hamas clearly states. In addition, Australia designates Hamas’ Izz al Din Al Qassam Brigades as a terrorist organization, as do New Zealand and the United Kingdom.  

As also noted in the BBC’s profile, Hamas not only “refuses to recognise Israel”:  its charter commits it to that country’s destruction.

This is far from the first time that Yolande Knell has misled BBC audiences by inaccurately portraying the extent of Hamas’ designation as a terrorist organization.  

Readers will also note Knell’s soft portrayal of Hamas’ record on women’s rights, including the photo caption which euphemistically states:

“Hamas has at times sought to curb women’s freedoms in Gaza”Hamas spokeswoman 2

In the body of the article Knell writes:

“About a fifth of public servants working for the Hamas government are women. There is one female minister and several deputies.

However, it has a patchy record on women’s rights.

In the past it has issued specific orders for women to wear conservative dress, and banned them from smoking water pipes and riding on motorbikes, although these rules have not always been enforced.

Women and girls were banned from joining a United Nations-sponsored marathon earlier this year, leading to the race being cancelled.”

Hardly the standard of reporting one would expect from an organization which “aspires to remain the standard-setter for international journalism“.

 

2 comments on “BBC’s Knell still can’t get Hamas terror designation right

  1. “It [Hamas] refuses to recognise Israel and is regarded as a terrorist organisation by the European Union and the United States.”

    It’s a slight improvement. So often the BBC simply says Israel regards Hamas as a terrorist organisation and sometimes throws the US in as well. It’s unusual to see the EU mentioned. Perhaps the BBC is slowly starting to emerge from its pro-Arab cocoon.

    But yes, the absurdity of maintaining that Hamas refuses to recognise Israel when it actively seeks Israel’s destruction and is proud of that fact, is typical BBC. It is lying to the public by distorting and minimising Hamas’ agenda re Israel.

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