Gaza missile attack on Israeli town again ignored by BBC News

On the morning of October 5th sirens sounded in Sderot and the surrounding area as a missile was launched from the Gaza Strip. Narrowly missing a school and homes, the missile landed in a residential area of Sderot, causing damage but fortunately no physical injuries. Israel later responded with strikes on Hamas facilities in the Gaza Strip. A Salafist group based in the Gaza Strip claimed responsibility for the attack.

“The Islamic State-affiliated Ahfad al-Sahaba-Aknaf Bayt al-Maqdis terrorist group took responsibility for the rocket launch in statements released in both Arabic and Hebrew.

“Oh you cowardly Jews: You don’t have safety in our land. [Former defense minister Moshe] Ya’alon, the failure at giving security. [Defense Minister Avigdor] Liberman to fail will be a certainty,” the salafist group said in its statement, in poorly translated Hebrew.

The attack against Israel was apparently a response to the Strip’s Hamas rulers arresting several members of the Salafist organization, according to the group’s statement.”bbc-arabic-5-10-1

Once again, this missile attack on Israeli civilians received no coverage whatsoever on the BBC’s English language website. Visitors to the BBC Arabic website, on the other hand, found the incident – and primarily the Israeli response – covered in two separate reports on other topics: here and here.

The pattern of reporting whereby missile attacks from the Gaza Strip are not covered in the English language but Israel’s response to those attacks is reported in Arabic has been predominant since the end of the summer 2014 conflict. Since the beginning of 2016, just one missile attack has been – belatedly – reported by the BBC in the English language.

January 1stBBC News ignores Gaza missile attacks, BBC Arabic reports Israeli response

January 24thBBC News ignores Gaza missile attack again – in English

March 11thBBC News continues to ignore missile attacks on Israelis – in English

March 15thmissile attack not reported.bbc-arabic-5-10-2

May 6thPatchy and selective BBC News reporting of Gaza border incidents

May 25thBBC News fails to report another Gaza missile attack to English-speakers

July 1stAnother Gaza missile attack ignored by the BBC

August 21st: Response reported in Arabic, attack and response reported a day later in English.

September 14th: BBC ignores – in English – another projectile launched from Gaza

October 5th: Response reported in Arabic.

The BBC’s public purposes remit commits it to “giving insight into the way people live in other countries” and building “understanding of international issues”. The continuing appearance of this pattern of reporting obviously means that English-speaking audiences – including the corporation’s funding public – are still not receiving the information which would enable their understanding of how civilians in Sderot and other communities in the Western Negev live or enhance their comprehension of the issue of terrorism in the Gaza Strip. 

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5 comments on “Gaza missile attack on Israeli town again ignored by BBC News

  1. What’s really poignant about these and other stories is, of course, Biased Bollocks Confabulation’s focused reporting on the Israeli response.

  2. Mr Songtree, there is not a single Jewish person, or, for that matter any gays! In Gaza…they would be dead meat. The wonderful Democratic government of Hamas, has full economic control and Authority over it’s citizens. Hamas, once again, after another successful free election( you do understand sarcasm, I hope) decided not to this time, hang from lamp posts, throw off roof tops, or, drag through the streets, tied to the back of motorbikes, any opposition. Not a good example for Palestinian children, already brutalised in ” military camps” in the art murder and Slaughter of Israeli citizens, from a very early age!
    Now, I don’t give a damn about your taxes, but I do worry about mine. Why are they been spent on terror tunnels and rockets and bombs, to murder citizens of another country? Not! On the citizens of Gaza. When do you! Think the ” big boys” of Hamas will return from a life of luxury and style in Qatar, and live in Gaza.? But then, they would just probably build luxury homes for themselves, like the rest! “Freedom fighters”my a….!

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