BBC’s Bowen promotes BDS in ‘analysis’ of Commons vote

As readers are no doubt aware, fewer than half of the MPs making up the lower house of the British parliament took part in a vote on a non-binding motion to recognise a Palestinian state on October 13th.

Whilst the motion does nothing to change UK government policy, those who have perused the transcript of the debate would no doubt be struck by the appalling ignorance and distortion of facts voiced by some of the elected representatives of the British public in a debate which – with context-free references, for example, to “punitive restrictions on Palestinian movement” and “the construction of an illegal annexation wall through Palestinian land” – at times (and perhaps not coincidentally) bore resemblance to some of the BBC’s more egregious content.

Following that parliamentary debate, the BBC’s Middle East Editor appeared on television news to ‘analyse’ the issue for audiences. The item was also promoted on the BBC News website’s UK Politics and Middle East pages.Bowen filmed Commons vote

Bowen: “It’s symbolic because Britain is still important in the Middle East. Britain is a member of the [UN] Security Council. Other Western members of the Security Council haven’t recognized an independent State of Palestine and of course Britain doesn’t intend to at the moment either. But the fact that the…the parliament in this country is pushing for it is something that the Israelis do not like and it’s something that the Palestinians are going to be cock-a-hoop about. Because their whole diplomatic strategy in recent times has been trying to carve out…eh…a sort of virtual independence – even if they don’t have actual independence – by moves at the UN, trying to join international organisations and a country of Britain’s stature – and Britain’s historic role in the Middle East as well – doing this is something which they will like very much. The Israelis have lobbied against this – they believe that everything should go through a bi-lateral negotiation. However, there isn’t one at the moment: that’s the so-called peace process. Doesn’t exist right now.”

Notably, Bowen refrained from informing BBC audiences that the reason the peace process “doesn’t exist right now” is because the last round of talks was curtailed by the PA’s decision to form a unity government with a terrorist organization which rejects Israel’s right to exist and just weeks later initiated a seven-week war with Israel. He continued:

“And the Israelis of course continue to build their settlements – illegal under international law – in occupied land and that’s something that the Palestinians say is a unilateral action by them.

As usual, no attempt was made to conform to BBC guidelines on impartiality by informing audiences that differing legal opinions on that topic also exist and hence BBC audiences were once more deliberately misled.

Not unpredictably, Bowen then went on to give some free publicity to what has emerged in recent months as one of his most frequently plugged causes.

“So I think what we’re seeing at the moment is a change in the shape of the conflict; a change as well in the way that the diplomacy around it is evolving. And also moves like this will do other things that will strengthen other…other….vestiges of it. There is this move to try to boycott and divest and sanction Israel. I think they will be encouraged by that and the Israelis are more and more worried about that as well.”

As we see, Jeremy Bowen’s provision of promotion and publicity for the BDS campaign continues – see previous examples in ‘related articles’ below. With absolutely no effort having been made by the BBC to date to clarify to its audiences that the BDS movement is a major actor in the anti-peace campaign which seeks to isolate and delegitimize the Jewish state to the point of extinction, the majority of viewers of this item will have been unable to appreciate the redundant nature of Bowen’s suggestion that the ‘one-stater’ advocates of the BDS campaign will be “encouraged” by the passing of a motion which was defined by its supporters “as a contribution to securing a negotiated two-state solution”. Those viewers would therefore also be unable to recognize the gratuitous nature of Bowen’s irrelevant shoe-horning of the BDS campaign into the topic under discussion.

As this example once again shows very clearly, Bowen’s repeated promotion of the BDS campaign on assorted BBC platforms can only be viewed as inappropriate and unacceptable exploitation of his position to advance his own political views.

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10 comments on “BBC’s Bowen promotes BDS in ‘analysis’ of Commons vote

  1. Did the Beeb mention that the refusal to recognise the Jewish state, the unity government, and the unilateral statehood moves are all flagrant violations of the Oslo accords?

    • Gosh, don’t be a silly billy! Only Israeli actions can violate the Oslo Accords.

      It’s like ceasefires–a ceasefire continues to hold no matter how many rockets and mortars are fired from Gaza, and is only broken when Israel responds.

      That’s International Law. Or something…

  2. Meanwhile, here is a fascinating piece from “The Times of Israel” on the BBC’s Jewish problem. Duvidl suggests BBC Watchers might like to subscribe to The Times of Israel online, gratis, for an antidote to beeboid Isra-hate propaganda.

  3. It’s not a Jewish state, Muppet. There are many millions of non Jewish Arabs living there, the rightful owners to the land you’re trespassing on…

    You lot still sulking about Sweden ¿

    • England is a Christian state; Anglicanism is the official state religion, and the head of state (the Queen) is also head of the Church (the Church of England).

      That doesn’t mean there are no non-Christian English citizens, does it?

      Israel is the only Jewish-majority state in the world. It’s the only one where the Jewish day of rest is the country’s official day of rest and the statutory holidays are Jewish holidays (even in countries like America, which don’t have an official state religion, nevertheless have the Christian day of rest as the national day of rest, and Christian holidays–Christmas and Easter–as statutory holidays).

      There are numerous countries that are officially Islamic, with Friday as the day of rest and Muslim holidays as statutory holidays.

      Yet somehow it’s only the Jewish-majority state that upsets you. Why would that be?

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