BBC News coverage of terrorism in Israel – February 2017

The Israel Security Agency’s report on terror attacks (Hebrew) during February 2017 shows that throughout the month a total of 102 incidents took place: eighty-two in Judea & Samaria, fourteen in Jerusalem, one in Petah Tikva and five attacks from the Gaza Strip and Sinai Peninsula.

The agency recorded 86 attacks with petrol bombs, 8 attacks using explosive devices, one shooting attack and one vehicular attack in Judea & Samaria and Jerusalem as well as one shooting attack in Petah Tikva and one shooting attack and four missile attacks from the Gaza Strip and Sinai Peninsula.

Fourteen people – nine civilians and five members of the security forces – were injured in attacks during February.

As regular readers know, the four separate incidents of missile attacks from the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula during February did not receive any coverage whatsoever on the BBC News website.

A vehicular attack at the entrance to the community of Adam on February 2nd in which three people were injured was not reported by the BBC. A shooting attack in the market in Petah Tikva in which seven people were wounded on February 9th also did not receive any coverage. A petrol bomb attack on Route 443 on February 12th in which one civilian was injured, a petrol bomb attack in Issawiya on February 24th in which two members of the security forces were injured and an IED attack in Balata on February 23rd in which a soldier was injured were also among the attacks not reported by the BBC.

In conclusion, the BBC News website did not cover any of the terror attacks which took place during February. Since the beginning of the year, the corporation has reported 0.49% of the total attacks that have taken place and coverage of missile attacks stands at zero.

Related Articles:

BBC News coverage of terrorism in Israel – December 2016 and year summary

BBC News coverage of terrorism in Israel – January 2017

Fourth missile attack against Israel in three weeks ignored by BBC News


4 comments on “BBC News coverage of terrorism in Israel – February 2017

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  2. Would it be possible for BBC Watch to collect the daily “Israel headlines” on the BBC English language web sites into a database? For For example, every day at 9am Eastern time, collect the headlines that are present on the site and which mention Israel. The resulting corpus could then be analyzed using sentiment analysis, as well as for propensity to use extreme terms like “war crimes” and the like. Information to include with each headline might include date, headline text, position on the page (prominence), presence of a photo if any, photo “alt text”, font size (prominence), whether the headline was new that day or a carry-over from the previous day, whether the headline is a modified version of an older one, sub-headlines if any, article author if known, story URL and the like.

    You might also collect the daily the daily “Palestinian headlines”. As a “control variable”, you could do the same with one another regional country, say Egypt or Saudi Arabia – one that is not embroiled in a civil war.

    Obviously, English-language headlines on the web site are not solely responsible for the impression that the BBC conveys to consumers of the its news. The stories, the multimedia and the BBC’s TV and radio and foreign-language broadcasts are not represented. However, the headlines provide a small-scale, easily collected sample, they come from the same BBC as the other content, they are the BBC’s official summary of the news stories and they are the kind of information that people consume if they do not specifically click to read the stories (casual consumers of BBC information).

    What you are doing is helpful. Showing actual statistics provides evidence of patterns of behavior by the BBC. This can then be combined with anecdotal information.

    Thanks & keep up the good work.

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