BBC exploits Sharon’s death for more promotion of second Intifada falsehood

Between January 1st and January 9th 2014 the BBC News website published five separate articles on the subject of the deteriorating health of Israel’s former prime minister Ariel Sharon. 

January 1st: “Ariel Sharon’s health suffers ‘serious deterioration’“.

January 2nd:  ”Israel ex-PM Ariel Sharon ‘critically ill’

January 3rd: “Israel ex-PM Ariel Sharon ‘deteriorates further’

January 5th:  ”Ariel Sharon: Doctors pessimistic over ex-PM’s survival

January 9th: “Israel ex-PM Ariel Sharon condition ‘worsens’

Each of those articles includes between two and three links (totalling fourteen links in all) to the BBC’s profile of Ariel Sharon which, despite being recently updated on January 1ststill promotes the erroneous claim that his visit to Temple Mount in September 2000 was the cause of the second Intifada. That same myth is also to be found in assorted BBC backgrounders on the subject of the second Intifada.

Ariel Sharon’s death on January 11th prompted BBC coverage of predictably gargantuan proportions, some of which continues to stubbornly perpetuate that same inaccurate and misleading claim.

An “In Pictures” feature which appears on the BBC News website includes a photograph captioned:

“As opposition leader in 2000, Mr Sharon paid a controversial visit to the holy compound in Jerusalem known as the Temple Mount to Jews and Haram al-Sharif to Muslims. Palestinians rioted and the second intifada (uprising) ensued.”

In pictures Sharon Temple Mount 2nd Intifada

In the obituary published on the BBC News website it is stated:

“He swept into power in 2001, six months after the beginning of the second Palestinian uprising, or intifada, which began when Sharon paid a controversial visit to the the [sic] holy site in Jerusalem known as the Temple Mount to Jews, and Haram al-Sharif to Muslims.”

In an article titled “Israel’s ex-PM Ariel Sharon dies” which also appeared among the coverage on the BBC News website, the BBC Jerusalem Bureau’s Kevin Connolly writes:  

“In the year 2000, flanked by hundreds of Israeli riot police, he staged a visit to the area of the Old City in Jerusalem which contains sites sacred both to Jews and Muslims – the Temple Mount or Harem al-Sharif.

Even though the area is in the part of East Jerusalem captured by Israel in the war of 1967, Jewish rights to pray there are limited – and it is a microcosm of the tensions that fuel the dispute between Israel and the Palestinians.

Intense rioting followed his visit there and many people trace the outbreak of the second Palestinian intifada to that moment.

Ariel Sharon was characteristically unrepentant.”

In a filmed report by Jeremy Bowen which appears on the BBC News website as well as having been broadcast on BBC television news programmes, Bowen states:

“As he pushed to become leader of the Israeli Right in 2000, he made a highly publicized, heavily guarded visit to the Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem, providing the spark for the second Palestinian uprising.”

Bowen filmed Sharon 2

Clearly, the BBC is extremely keen to keep the notion alive in the minds of its audiences that the second Intifada began because Ariel Sharon paid a thirty-four minute visit to Temple Mount within regular opening hours which was pre-coordinated with the Palestinian Authority’s security forces. The trouble is, of course, that the version of events being energetically propagated by the BBC on multiple platforms is not accurate. The even bigger problem is that the BBC knows that very well, and yet it continues its opportunistic promotion of it anyway. 

Related Articles:

BBC second Intifada backgrounders: ‘Sharon started it’

As Sharon’s health deteriorates, BBC updates profile claiming he sparked second intifada

Eleven links in four BBC articles promote baseless second Intifada myth

With Ariel Sharon’s Death, Expect the Usual Falsehoods  (CAMERA)

7 comments on “BBC exploits Sharon’s death for more promotion of second Intifada falsehood

  1. A few days ago I said to a friend, “I’m dreading when Sharon finally dies, because there will be another excuse for the media to spew more anti-Israel hate.”

  2. Apologies for going off-topic, but Duvidl has just read this fascinating story about Israeli firm Rafael and US firm Raytheon.

    They are “expanding their active defense alliance through co-production of the Israeli Iron Dome and possible adaptation of the jointly developed Stunner interceptor for use by the US Army and its allies.

    The two firms are partners on the Stunner, developed for the David’s Sling Weapon System, a US-Israel government-funded and managed program in which Raytheon serves as principal subcontractor to Israel’s state-owned Rafael. ”

    Duvidl remembers a succession of recent BBC Isra-hate stories by the BBC correspondent junta Jonathans Marcus and Beale deconstructed by BBC Watch about how the Iron Dome system was not as successful in combat as Israeli statistics proved. At the time Duvidl commented that this Isra-hate clap-trap would be ignored by a string of countries lining up to buy Iron Dome.

    Now it seems US contractor Raytheon wants to cash in on Iron Dome’s superb life-saving success by going into co-production of Iron Dome with Israel. Doubtless, the BBC junta Jonathans will not be retracting their earlier tripe.

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