Between July 1st and September 30th 2016, eighty-seven reports with content relating to Israel and/or the Palestinians appeared on the BBC News website’s Middle East page. Some of the reports were produced by other departments (e.g. BBC Technology) or appeared on other pages of the website (e.g. ‘Europe’ or ‘Asia’) but were also posted on the Middle East page.
Four of those articles related to the wave of Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis which began in the autumn of 2015 and continued – albeit with lower intensity – during 2016. As readers can see for themselves, not one of those headlines included the term ‘terror’ and that editorial policy is similarly apparent in the reports themselves.
(The dates in brackets represent the period of time in which each report was available to visitors to the website’s Middle East page.)
Israeli forces shoot dead Palestinian suspected of killing rabbi (27/7/16 to 28/7/16) discussed here
Israel launches Gaza strikes after rocket attack on Sderot (22/8/16 to 23/8/16) discussed here
Spate of attacks on Israelis leaves three assailants dead (16/9/16 to 18/9/16) discussed here
A further two articles related to incitement to terrorism on social media.
Facebook sued by Israeli group over Palestinian attacks (11/7/16 to 13/7/16) discussed here
Four reports appeared around the tenth anniversary of the Second Lebanon War and also dealt with the topic of possible future conflict between Israel and Hizballah.
Hezbollah: Five ways group has changed since 2006 Israel war (11/7/16 to 13/7/16)
Ten years on, is Hezbollah prepared for another war with Israel? (12/7/16 to 15/7/16) discussed here
On patrol with the Israel Defense Forces on Lebanon border (12/7/16 to 14/7/16)
Two reports related to Hamas’ conscription of aid workers at international organisations for the purposes of terrorism.
Israel: World Vision Gaza boss diverted cash to Hamas (4/8/16 to 5/8/16) discussed here
In all, 13.8% of the BBC News website’s reports covered stories relating to security/terrorism. The additional topics found in the BBC’s coverage of Israel and the Palestinians during the third quarter of 2016 will be discussed in part two of this post.