Throughout the first quarter of 2015 the BBC News website reported on three separate terror attacks in Israel:
February 23rd: Jerusalem mayor overpowers attacker after man stabbed (discussed here)
March 6th: Jerusalem: Israeli police hit in Palestinian car attack and Jerusalem attack: Driver rams car into pedestrians (discussed here)
As far as BBC audiences are concerned, therefore, the number of terror attacks (although not specifically named as such) against Israelis during the first three months of 2015 totals three: one in Tel Aviv and two in Jerusalem. But is that an accurate representation of the situation?
The Israel Security Agency publishes a monthly summary of terror attacks and its reports for the first quarter of 2015 provide the following information:
January 2015: total number of attacks – 124. Of those: 105 in Judea & Samaria, 18 in Jerusalem.
February 2015: total number of attacks – 96. Of those: 84 in Judea & Samaria, 12 in Jerusalem.
March 2015: total number of attacks – 89. Of those: 58 in Judea & Samaria, 31 in Jerusalem.
The BBC’s above reports relate to two stabbing incidents and one vehicle attack. Two additional stabbings, nine small arms shootings, forty attacks using IEDs (including pipe bombs and improvised grenades) and 256 incidents of firebombing were not reported. Also noteworthy is the fact that whilst most of the attacks – almost 80% – took place in Judea & Samaria, that was not reflected in BBC coverage.
As we see, the total number of attacks during the first quarter of 2015 is 309, which means that the BBC reported less than 1% of the incidents which took place.
Clearly BBC audiences are still not being provided with the comprehensive picture of this subject necessary in order to meet the corporation’s remit of building “a global understanding of international issues”.