What is missing from the BBC’s ME peace process narrative?

Throughout the past six months consumers of BBC News reports on the subject of the wave of Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis have repeatedly been told that the reason for the surge of violence is the failure to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict by means of the two-state solution.

“The recent rise in violence is blamed by Palestinians on the continued occupation by Israel of the West Bank and the failure of the Middle East peace process.”

As has been documented here on many occasions during that time, the BBC’s framing of the issue has not only excluded official Palestinian incitement and glorification of terrorism from audience view but has also sidelined additional factors underpinning the violence.

BBC audiences have thereby been steered towards a specific narrative, according to which were “the Middle East peace process” resumed and were it to bring about an end to “the continued occupation by Israel of the West Bank”, terrorism against Israelis would end.

While promoting that narrative the BBC has managed to avoid telling its audiences about the PA president’s public rejection of recognition of Israel as the Jewish state and the PA’s rejection of the renewal of direct negotiations with Israel but another point concerning that narrative is also worthy of note.

Remarkably, the BBC’s chosen narrative takes it as read that Palestinian grievances would be brought to an end by Israeli withdrawal from the areas previously occupied by Jordan which came under its control in 1967. That premise is never examined by BBC journalists and all evidence to the contrary has been serially ignored over the years.PMW Abbas occupation

Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) recently published examples of the kind of messaging produced by official PA sources for their local audiences in which Israel is erased from the map, Israeli towns and cities are described as ‘Palestinian’ and the ‘occupation’ is said to have begun with Israel’s creation – including by the PA president in a television interview last month.

If the BBC is to fulfil its requirement to “build a global understanding of international issues” it obviously needs to inform its audiences of this side of the story of the “failure of the Middle East peace process” too.  Its continuing avoidance of that topic is indicative of the fact that the advancement of a politically motivated narrative takes precedence over meeting that remit.

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4 comments on “What is missing from the BBC’s ME peace process narrative?

  1. The BBC is well aware that a so-called “Two-state Solution” will never work – simply because the Palestinians will regard it simply as the first step towards the annihilation of Israel. Furthermore, the Israel government recognise this and will give nothing away until Israel’s right to exist is cast in concrete

  2. Look what the BBC wrote in Breaking News today! “Key Paris attacks suspect Mohamed Abrini charged with terrorism offences – Belgian prosecutor” but of course they were quoting someone else, the BBC would never use the word “terrorism” in connection with the Arabs.

  3. As the sharpest analyst of democracy – de Toqueville – noted of the unreformed early 19th century Britain, it worked because despite its anachronistic complexities and irrationalities its people wanted to make it work. Prior to 1967 Jordan and Israel made their split of the Palestine Mandate work despite Egyptian inspired border reiving. The BBC and Guardian’s severest fault in reporting the conflict is to dwell disproportionately on the Israel and never explain nor denounce the Arab failings in their cack-hand management of Arab affairs. If there were as much self-criticism and exo-criticism of the Arabs as there is of the Israelis, peace would have been self imposed long ago. The obtuse in the quarrel is that the Arab parties do not want a mutual [twin state] peace and the obtussimo is that the spectators refuse to note that.

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