BBC WS ‘Weekend’ presenter Paul Henley erases hundreds of terror attacks in 34 words

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The December 27th edition of BBC World Service radio’s ‘Weekend’ was devoted to revisiting “programme highlights from the past year”, one of which was an item about an organisation called ‘Heartbeat‘.WS Weekend 27 12

Presenter Paul Henley introduced the item (from 35:52 here) as follows:

“At the end of June the bodies of three Israeli teenagers were found near the city of Hebron. They’d been abducted earlier in the month while they were hiking. Israel started airstrikes on Gaza. As hostilities got worse, we looked at an organisation at the beginning of July called ‘Heartbeat’. It’s a not for profit organisation that brings together Israeli and Palestinian young musicians […] to socialise, make music and art and get to know one another and – almost by osmosis – develop creative, non-violent tools for some sort of badly needed social change there.”

Beyond the BBC presenter’s paternalistic and parochial prescription of “badly needed social change”, what of course stand out most are the inaccuracies and omissions in Henley’s introduction.

Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Sha’ar and Naftali Frankel were not “hiking” at the time of the incident on June 12th and they were not only “abducted” but also murdered by a Hamas terrorist cell: facts which Henley erases from his account of events. Henley clearly implies linkage between the kidnappings and murders and Israeli “airstrikes on Gaza”. His narrative does not include the fact that Israel’s actions were actually in response to missile attacks by terrorist organisations based in the Gaza Strip and that between June 14th and July 8th (the beginning of Operation Protective Edge), two hundred and eighty-eight missiles hit Israeli territory.  

And so we see how, in a mere thirty-four words, Henley casually distorts facts and creates an inaccurate narrative which erases terrorism whilst focusing audience attention on misrepresented Israeli actions alone. So much for BBC editorial standards of accuracy and impartiality.

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8 comments on “BBC WS ‘Weekend’ presenter Paul Henley erases hundreds of terror attacks in 34 words

  1. I don’t think you can expect the BBC to have an in-depth summary of the myriad causes of Israeli-Palestinian strife EVERY time they mention it.

    Besides being very dull, it would take everything on a tangent away from Heartbeat, which was the actual focus of the piece (ie. focusing on what brings the two peoples together, not what has driven them apart).

    This is the first post I’ve seen on this site but it seems to have a far stronger anti-BBC agenda (bias) than the alleged BBC bias you’re trying to expose.

    • I DO expect the BBC to report that three Jewish kids were brutally murdered, rather than merely “abducted”. Sorry that you find that “dull”.

      • Bodies being found after an abduction pretty clearly implies murder.

        ‘Brutally’ is an emotive word, I don’t think it’s an essential addition to the piece, certainly not when impartial and neutral reporting tends to shy away from emotive language.

        If you want to read about brutal murders go and read about it in tabloids where sensational language is more permissable. If you want serious impartial journalism, don’t expect it to always reflect the anger you feel.

        • I used the word “brutally” but don’t suggest that the BBC must necessarily do so.

          “Bodies found after an abduction” may also suggest that the victims died of heart attacks or as a result of a car crash. Truthful reporting would make it clear that they were murdered, or at the very least killed.

          Seasoned observers of BBC bias have noted that Israelis simply “die” while Palestinians are always “killed”. That style of reporting is hardly “impartial and neutral”.

          What I don’t expect, or want, is for the BBC’s reporting on Israel to reflect the anger that Arabs and BBC reporters so obviously feel towards the Jewish State, in particular the Middle East Editor, Jeremy Bowen.

  2. This is an understatement. It should also be noted that Hamas also attempted massacres via the sea, tunnels, and attempted suicide bombings caught at check points.

  3. also, a week earlier a 19 year old Israeli girl on way to an interview was murdered by her Arab can driver who was heeding Hamas’s calls for killing. This has almost never been covered, partly because Israel didn’t know for a couple weeks who killed her or why. But it should then be added.

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