BBC ignores another story explaining the need for Gaza border restrictions

A video currently appearing on the BBC News website’s Middle East page includes the following statements:

“There are strict controls on the movement of goods and people going in and out of Gaza.

Israel and Egypt tightened their blockade after Hamas, a militant group, took control in 2007.”

Similar messaging – often with political overtones – is frequently seen in content provided to BBC audiences.

“Israel and Egypt maintain a blockade around Gaza aimed at preventing attacks by militants there, though the measure has been condemned by rights groups as a form of collective punishment.” BBC News website, February 13th 2017.

“…the stifling border closures the Israeli government says are for security, the people here say are for collective punishment.” BBC World Service radio, February 1st 2017.

“One of the reasons Gaza’s often described as the largest open-air prison in the world is the difficulty of getting across the border with Israel.” BBC World Service radio, May 19th 2015.

However, beyond the ‘Israel says’ mantra, BBC audiences rarely hear about the reasons why restrictions placed on the border with the Gaza Strip are necessary because Hamas terrorism is consistently ignored, downplayed or erased.

On April 19th another story illustrating the need for border restrictions came to light.

“Israeli authorities on Wednesday morning intercepted material used to manufacture explosive devices hidden inside spools of medical material at the Erez Crossing, the Shin Bet announced in a statement.

According to the statement, the material was located during the security check at the crossing in the luggage of two sisters who are residents of the Gaza Strip. The two women had been approved to enter Israel for the purpose of receiving medical treatment for cancer, which one of the two sisters suffers from.

An initial Shin Bet investigation indicated that the explosives were sent by Hamas and that the group was planning to carry out terror attacks in Israel in the near future, the statement read, adding that the material was destroyed by a sapper of the Southern District police force.

“The terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip, including Hamas, continue to exploit the humanitarian and medical assistance provided by Israel to the residents of the Gaza Strip in order to perpetrate terrorist attacks in Israel.””

Predictably, the BBC has not found that story newsworthy.

As long as it continues to avoid reporting such stories and the broader context behind them, the BBC’s omission of vital information continues to shape audience views of Israeli counter-terrorism measures in a manner clearly incompatible with its supposed commitment to accurate and impartial reporting. 

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BBC News passes up chance to explain why Israeli counter-terrorism measures exist


5 comments on “BBC ignores another story explaining the need for Gaza border restrictions

  1. The anti-Semites and arabists in control of BBC overseas policy should be cleared out by the UK government – and fast.

  2. In monitoring Israel stories like this, which the corrupt BBC ignores, let us remember the role of the BBC’s news chief and chief hypocrite, James Harding. BBC Watch readers will remember that when he took the job in 2013, having been previously fired as editor of The Times of London, he declared himself to be an avowed Zionist. But the Isra-hating Guardian newspaper was undoubtedly correct at the time in proclaiming that he would have to ditch his self-declared Zionism pretty quickly if he wanted to keep this job. And lo, it has come to pass. See below:

    • In the age of the worldwide web, where there are prolific sources of real news, as-a-Jew-James would do well to heed the words of the Negro spiritual “Go Tell it on the Mountain,” as sung by the Israeli duo Esther and Abi Ofarim:

      “Who’s that yonder dressed in black,
      Let my people go.
      Must be the hypocrites turning back,
      Let my people go.
      Who’s that yonder dressed in black,
      Must be the hypocrites turning back.
      Go tell it on the mountain.
      Let my people go.”

      See below:

  3. Hadar, you should mention that the story about the explosives dislabeled (to coin a word) as cancer medication was published by The Times of Israel. Someone not reading your article thoroughly could mistakenly assume that the story had been published in the BBC itself.

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