BBC News website invents ‘1967 ceasefire lines’ in Jerusalem

On the morning of March 6th a terror attack took place in Jerusalem.

“Five people were injured Friday morning in a car-ramming terror attack near a Jerusalem Light Rail station in the north of the city. Four of the wounded were young border policewomen, in their twenties, and the fifth was a civilian bicycle rider in his fifties

A Palestinian man in a private vehicle hit the five as they stood on a sidewalk. He was identified as Mohammad Salima, 21, from east Jerusalem’s Ras al-Amud. After the car attack, he then emerged from the vehicle with a butcher’s knife and attempted to stab passersby, but was swiftly shot and incapacitated by a Border Policeman and a Light Rail security guard at the scene.”

BBC News website reporting on the incident began soon after it took place.

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BBC News website Middle East page, 6/3/15

The article underwent numerous changes as the day progressed and it currently appears on the website’s Middle East page under the title “Jerusalem: Israeli police hit in Palestinian car attack” where it is presented together with a short filmed report (also shown on BBC television news) headlined “Jerusalem attack: Driver rams car into pedestrians“.

The current version of the written report opens by informing readers that:

“A Palestinian has rammed his car into a group of Israeli pedestrians in Jerusalem, injuring six policewomen, police say.”

Predictably, the BBC refrains from clarifying the nature of the incident to readers in its own words, instead using the following phrasing:

“Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld described it as a “terrorist attack”, adding that the injured officers are in a “light, moderate condition” in hospital.”

A photograph used to illustrate the report is captioned:

“Police have called the incident a “terror attack”.”

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Likewise, whilst the report notes that a previous attack took place at the same location last November, it fails to adequately clarify that it and another attack close by on October 22nd 2014 were carried out by perpetrators with links to terrorist organisations.Pigua Jlem filmed 

“It happened on the seam of East and West Jerusalem, on the same junction as a previous attack last year. […]

Last year, Palestinian militants killed three Israelis and an Ecuadorian woman in attacks using vehicles in Jerusalem as tensions soared between Israel and the Palestinians.”

An additional victim of the November 5th attack whom the BBC fails to mention – Jerusalem resident Abd al-Karim Nafith Hamid – died on December 7th.

The article implies to readers that there is some kind of linkage between this latest terror attack and the unrelated topic of the PLO’s recent call for a halt to security co-operation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

“The incident came shortly after Palestinian officials voted to halt security co-operation with Israel. […]

The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) decided to suspend co-operation, part of 1993 peace accords with Israel, at a meeting on Thursday night.”Pigua Jlem written

The BBC fails, however, to clarify to readers that the PLO’s decision does not have any practical effect at this stage.

“A source close to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told Israel Radio that the council’s decision was a recommendation only. Another Palestinian official said that Abbas must issue a presidential order ending the security cooperation with Israel.”

With regard to the location of the attack, in addition to describing it as having taken place “on the seam of East and West Jerusalem”, the article adds:

“Israel has occupied East Jerusalem since the 1967 Middle East war and annexed it in a move not recognised internationally.

It regards the whole of Jerusalem as its “eternal and indivisible” capital, while the Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.”

Included in the article is a BBC-produced map of the location of the attack in which the 1949 Armistice Lines are inaccurately – and absurdly, given the above text – represented as the “1967 ceasefire line”.

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One might have thought that the BBC’s incessant promotion of “East Jerusalem” would at least ensure geographical and historical accuracy.

 

11 comments on “BBC News website invents ‘1967 ceasefire lines’ in Jerusalem

  1. I keep on repeating – If you want accurate reports on anything do do with Israel, the last point of reference ifs the BBC

      • Article says
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        The current version of the written report opens by informing readers that:

        “A Palestinian has rammed his car into a group of Israeli pedestrians in Jerusalem, injuring six policewomen, police say.”

        Predictably, the BBC refrains from clarifying the nature of the incident to readers in its own words, instead using the following phrasing:

        “Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld described it as a “terrorist attack”, adding that the injured officers are in a “light, moderate condition” in hospital.”

        A photograph used to illustrate the report is captioned:

        “Police have called the incident a “terror attack”.”
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        The BBC here quoted a Police spokesman’s perception of the incident. Surely this is to be preferred to the reporter putting HIS perception forward.

        Nit picking … and invalid logically!

  2. Israel never occupied illegally a single inch of eastern Palestine arabs do since the San Remo Treaty recognized as international law in 1923 gave this territory tothe jews and even article 80 of the UN Chart specifies this territory cannot be given to anyone but Jews. All other interpretation is FANTASY AND PROPAGANDA VOID OF ANY LEGAL VALUE. Even a french court recognized this legal fact in 2014.bbc interpretations are mere pr and rants.

    • “Even a french court recognized this legal fact in 2014.bbc interpretations are mere pr and rants.”

      Not so. You are incorrect.

      The French court ruled that, as Israel is the occupying power in the West Bank, it must, as directed by the Fourth Geneva Convention, “ensure public order and safety, provide the population with food and medical supplies, maintain medical services and attend to many other matters that are of the utmost importance to people’s everyday lives.”

      The provision of the Light Railway, which the PA had sought to block, was deemed by the court to fall under this imperative. (Israel has been sadly lacking on the food and medical supplies).

    • In case you didn’t understand my last post, here it is in a more formal manner ….

      The judges ruled that these statutes do not apply to Israel’s operation of a train network in Jerusalem. In their decision in favor of the French firms, they quoted Article 43 of Fourth Hague Conventions, which states that once an occupier takes control over the occupied territory, he “shall take all the measures in his power to restore, and ensure, as far as possible, public order and safety, while respecting, unless absolutely prevented, the laws in force in the country.”

      Times of Israel.

  3. By the way 1967 cease fire lines were on the jordan river not…in the middle of Israel!!!

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