Wind in the sails of Jibril Rajoub’s anti-Israel campaign from BBC WS WHYS

In addition to the context-free promotion of Jibril Rajoub’s latest sports related assault on Israel’s legitimacy recently seen on the BBC News website, listeners to the BBC World Service radio programme ‘World Have Your Say’ were also treated to a dose of unhindered propaganda from the head of the Palestinian Football Association on May 21st.WHYS Rajoub tweet

The item can be heard from around the 40 minute mark in a podcast here or here from 43:48.

With no intervention from presenter Chloe Tilley, the segment opens with almost two full minutes of a diatribe from Rajoub which is replete with distortions and falsehoods, including accusations of “humiliations” and “racism”. When Tilley does finally interject, it is to ask Rajoub whether he thinks FIFA understands “those pressures on Palestinian teams, on players, on fans?” and once again Rajoub uses the opportunity to promote the inaccurate notion that the underlying issue is Israeli “racism”.

Listeners also hear a contribution from a partly identified football fan from Dubai who, in addition to promoting his own context-free, cherry picked claims, states – with no challenge from Tilley – that it is hard to be a fan or a player “in the context of the occupation and the apartheid”.WHYS Rajoub prog

Also notable is Tilley’s failure to insist on a proper answer from Rajoub concerning a point raised by the one Israeli contributor to the programme and her presentation of the issue with the use of the phrasing “naming a fencing competition after – in his words – a terrorist”.  

Towards the end of the segment listeners hear another rant from Rajoub:

“The Israelis are violating. The Israelis are bullying. The Israelis are behaving like the bully of the neighbourhood. The Israelis are humiliating.”

Throughout almost ten minutes of airtime devoted to this topic listeners did not get to hear the official Israeli view of this story and at no point did Chloe Tilley attempt to make audiences aware of the all-important context of issues concerning Palestinian football players with links to terrorist organisations.

What listeners did however take away from this embarrassingly superficial and uninformative item were unchallenged labels such as “racism” and “apartheid” – another brick in the wall of BBC enabled delegitimisation of Israel.

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8 comments on “Wind in the sails of Jibril Rajoub’s anti-Israel campaign from BBC WS WHYS

  1. The Arab world managed to evict Israel from the Asian Football Confederation in the early 1970s while FIFA simply stood by and did nothing against their racist and Apartheid behaviour.
    That was obviously never going to be enough for them and they now want Israel (who joined FIFA in 1929 as “Palestine/Eretz Yisrael”) evicted from FIFA itself.

  2. From Cifwatch this week.

    Jibril Rajoub is perhaps the last person who should be lecturing Israelis, or anyone else, on the virtues of peace and tolerance, and the evils of racism and violence.

    In 2014, Rajoub expressed his support for terrorism in an appearance on PA television: “OK, brother, here is the occupation, am I stopping you from slaughtering a settlement? No one is stopping anyone…Our political decision is resistance in the occupied territories in order to bring an end to the occupation using all forms of resistance.”

    Rajoub also told an Arab sports television show that “the whole of Palestine from the river to the sea, is occupied,” implying that all of Israel is “occupied”.
    Rajoub has called Israelis “Satans” and “Zionist sons of bitches.”
    Rajoub also stated that it would be “racist” to commemorate the Israeli athletes murdered by Palestinian terrorists during the 1972 Olympics.

    Rajoub argued that terrorists throwing hand grenades and the building schools are both equally legitimate forms of pro-Palestinian activism.

    Rajoub is opposed to peace and normalization with Israel.

    But, perhaps most troubling were his remarks that “I swear that if [Palestinians] had a nuke, we’d have used it this very morning.”

    Of course, an Israeli who expressed such views would be dismissed as a right-wing extremist, a dangerous fanatic or even a promoter of genocide. But, at the Guardian, he’s welcomed as progressive voice campaigning for human rights.

  3. To those eople who dont know anything about the Arab Muslim world. No one can understand them at all, and never believe to them lies ! The only thing they believ is war, destroying and killing ! This is the truth about the Arab Muslim world !

  4. I think the worst of it was her silence at the vile lie from Ahmed: I sent her the following complaint at

    To Chloe Tilley,

    I refer to your clip on WHYS on May 21st re the Palestinian assault on Israeli football. Though you let the Israeli, Emmanuel, have his say the broadcast would have been balanced by bringing in an Israeli official to counteract the outrageous slurs from terror-supporting Jibril.

    Also, contributors such as Ahmed need to be vetted a bit more thoroughly before they come on air to spread lies: “Players are harassed when they come back from training. There was the case of the two kids shot in the feet at a checkpoint.”
    I am astounded that you let such a statement go by unchallenged – as if Israeli soldiers are waiting at check points to disable young Palestinian footballers. This is what is known as Pallywood, the best example of which is the Mohammed al Dura fraud – eventually exposed as such by a French court – and rather than giving it the stamp of BBC approval through your silence you should have stopped it in its tracks.

    Here’s what really happened:

    It’s also worth noting that there would be no Israeli checkpoints were it not for Palestinian terrorism and also that there is an Israeli-Arab team in Israel’s top league and Israeli-Arabs play for Israel’s national team.


    I might also tweet her, much as I loathe Twitter.

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