Man described by BBC as ‘a businessman’ gets terror designation

A man described twice by the BBC as “a businessman” in an article from September 2013 has been named as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist by the US State Department.Thailand Hizb

“Hussein Atris is a member of Hizballah’s overseas terrorism unit. In 2012, Atris was arrested in Thailand in connection with a terror warning about a possible attack in Bangkok. Atris was found to be hiding nearly three tons of ammonium nitrate, a component in the manufacture of explosives. In 2013, a Thai court sentenced Atris to two years and eight months in prison for illegally possessing the materials. He was released in September 2014, and traveled to Sweden and later Lebanon, where he is believed to be located currently.”

In its reporting at the time of Atris’ arrest and trial (here, here, here and here), the BBC consistently misrepresented Hizballah’s terror designation, suggesting to audiences that the United States alone considers it a terrorist organization.

In fact, Hizballah is also proscribed in its entirety by the governments of Canada, Israel, France and the Netherlands, as well as the Gulf Cooperation Council and Bahrain. Australia, the United Kingdom and the European Union proscribe what they define as Hizballah’s “military wing”, although such a distinction is of course at odds with the facts. 

The BBC also promoted the myth of a separate Hizballah “armed wing” in its September 2013 report about two additional individuals designated in the same US State Department announcement.Burgas trial 1

“On July 18, 2012, a bombing at the airport in Burgas, Bulgaria killed six people, including five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian citizen. In July 2013, Meliad Farah and Hassan el-Hajj Hassan were publicly identified as key suspects in the bombing, which has been attributed to Hizballah, a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). Both are believed to be located in Lebanon.”

Notable in the BBC’s coverage of the Burgas terror attack is the fact that it provided a generous platform for Hizballah’s denial of involvement – see for example here.

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Another Hizballah plot against Israeli tourists gets the BBC silent treatment

BBC still using out of date Hizballah profile

BBC News website profile of Hizballah gets airbrushed


4 comments on “Man described by BBC as ‘a businessman’ gets terror designation

  1. Meanwhile, Israel (population 7m) appears to have sent the largest rescue team of 264 personnel, headed by an Ethiopian-Israeli army doctor to the Nepal disaster. This story is unlikely to be featured by the Isra-hating BBC, since Britain (population 60m) sent a mere 68 rescuers and Arab countries (population-billions) sent none at all.

    • “…largest rescue team of 264 personnel…”

      Well, largest medical & assistance team; don’t know what portion of that is designated specifically for rescue as such.

      But the team is not merely the largest — it’s actually larger than those of all other nations COMBINED, thus far.

  2. To BBC Watch

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    What a shame!

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