What percentage of Q1 2015 terror attacks against Israelis was reported by the BBC?

Throughout the first quarter of 2015 the BBC News website reported on three separate terror attacks in Israel:

January 21st: Israel bus attack: Tel Aviv passengers stabbed (discussed here)

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)BBC News logo 2

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”.

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5 comments on “What percentage of Q1 2015 terror attacks against Israelis was reported by the BBC?

  1. I speculate that the BBC, or at least some of its editorial staff, has an underlying assumption that Israelis should not be in Judea and Samaria, aka the West Bank, and that therefore anything that happens to them there is their own fault. Consequently, anti-Israeli actions are considered to be editorially insignificant, whereas perceived excesses by settlers, border police and military against Arabs receive disproportionate attention. Is it deliberate anti-semitism or just unconscionable ignorance. Hard to believe it is not the former on the part of BBC editorial staff who have worked in the region.

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  3. I am very appreciative and supportive of the media watchdog and activist roles played by Honest Reporting and other groups such as BBC Watch. I have a reaction to using the terms Judea and Sumaria for the area also known as the West Bank. No matter what one’s opinions on Israeli policy in that area of land, the names Judea and Sumaria are provacative in that they indicate a belief that Israel has a right to claim that land based on Biblical ties. Also, the use of those biblical names ascribes a ultra right wing stance to communications between your group and your readers.

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