No follow-up to the BBC’s ‘peace process in peril’ stories

Last week the BBC produced two items in which audiences were told that the start of work on preparations for laying infrastructure for a new community in Judea & Samaria was deliberately timed to hamper talks concerning negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.  

In an audio report broadcast on BBC Radio 4 listeners heard presenter Ritula Shah say:

“Well today’s announcement comes as President Trump’s son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner is due in Israel tomorrow to take part in talks on restarting the peace process. Nabil Abu Rudeinah is a spokesman for the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas. He called today’s move a grave escalation and questioned the timing.”

They then heard from Abu Rudeinah:

“The resumption of these activities is a clear message to the American administration and to the efforts of President Trump. The American envoy is already in the area. Tomorrow President Abbas will be receiving him. This is an obstacle to the efforts of President Trump to resume the peace process.”

Later on in the same item listeners were told that “the biggest hurdle to peace is the settlement activity” and that the timing of the construction work was a “deliberate” attempt “to foil efforts by the American administration to revive negotiations”. 

In a written report published on the BBC News website on the same day, audiences found the following:

“A Palestinian official denounced the ground-breaking as a “grave escalation” and an attempt to thwart peace efforts. […]

Nabil Abu Rudeina, a spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, told Reuters news agency that the ground-breaking was “a grave escalation and an attempt to foil efforts” by the administration of US President Donald Trump to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.”

With the mission of the US envoy allegedly so gravely imperiled by Israeli actions, one might have expected the BBC to produce some follow-up reporting on his visit to Ramallah. However, that has not been the case and so BBC audiences remain unaware of a different “hurdle to peace”.

The Times of Israel (and others) reported that:

“A meeting between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and senior White House official Jared Kushner reportedly left the Palestinian leader fuming and refusing to agree to watered-down demands that Ramallah cut off payments for some convicted terrorists and their families.

According to Palestinian sources quoted in Hebrew and Arabic media Friday, Abbas and his advisers accused the US of taking Israel’s side and refused a demand to stop paying salaries to several hundred prisoners serving time for the most serious crimes. […]

Kushner began his meeting with Abbas by stating all the Israeli concerns, including stopping the payments, according to Hebrew media reports, angering Abbas.

“The American delegation accepted Israel’s position with regard to paying salaries to prisoners,” a Palestinian source told Ynet, “and described it as a means of inciting terror, demanding it be stopped.” […]

On Thursday Abbas defended payments to Palestinian prisoners, including convicted terrorists, as a “social responsibility,” and said Israel was using the issue as a pretext to avoid peace talks.”

Ynet added:

“Another issue that was dominant in the conversation itself was incitement to violence. The Palestinians expressed great disappointment that these two issues were the main things the Americans talked at the expense of the two-state solution.”

While the topic of ‘settlements‘ and their alleged negative affect on the possibility of reaching a two-state solution is one that the BBC has covered ad infinitum, the corporation has yet to provide its funding public with any serious reporting on the issues of PA/PLO payment of salaries to convicted terrorists and incitement to violence and glorification of terrorism by Palestinian officials.  

If, as it seems, those issues are now on the agenda of US officials attempting to restart negotiations then obviously a media organisation truly committed to providing its audiences with the background information that would enable understanding of the topic would not persist in denying its funding public such crucial context. 

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9 comments on “No follow-up to the BBC’s ‘peace process in peril’ stories

  1. Later on in the same item listeners were told that “the biggest hurdle to peace is the settlement activity” and that the timing of the construction work was a “deliberate” attempt “to foil efforts by the American administration to revive negotiations”

    The biggest hurdle to any true peace between Israel and any Muslim entity is the inability of those entities to ever accept that Jewish Zionist sovereign Israel is no longer ‘Muslim Land’. (In Arabic – Ummah!) The Guardian also does it’s very ‘perverted’ best to prevent it’s adoring readership from ever considering this… heresy.

    • What soultion do you offer that does not simply result in the state of Isreal having all it wants? Like the Germans after World War 1 the Palestinian people feel a sense of humiliation. The Jewish people are bright, hard working and so powerful in many ways. That brings responsibility. Surely Judaism is about more than quaint rituals? It requires you to act with a sense of social and moral responsibility and not to humiliate others. If our faith is superior, then we must live that way in our social and political lives. We must be kinder more understanding people, and not just act to defend ourselves. Being arrogant helps nobody. So what is your solution? Will it bring glory to the God we serve – or just to our egos?

  2. Negociations about J+S are none of bbc’s business nor the medias’. All they will get is a ww3 if they keep meddling.Socialist medias and governments have never produced peace but the worst wars this planet has ever known.

  3. The biggest obstacle to peace is the BBC itself – peddling its anti-Israel propaganda to the world – which provides encouragement to the PA to ramp up its war of words against Israel. A BBC that truly wants peace should tell the world the fact that Israel will stay for ever and will never give in to pressure from any source.

    • What soultion do you offer that does not simply result in the state of Isreal having all it wants? Like the Germans after World War 1 the Palestinian people feel a snse of humiliation. The Jewish people are bright, hard working and so powerful in many ways. That brings responsibility. Surely Judaism is about more than quaint rituals? It requires you to act with a sens eof social and moral responsibility and not to humiliate others. If our faith is superior then we must live that in our social and political lives. We must be kinder more understanding people, and not just act to defend ourselves. Being arrogant helps nobody. So what is your solution? Will it bring glory to the God we serve – or just to our egos?

  4. The blatant nastiness of Fox news is at least transparent. The BBC tries to have an Equal Opportunities Approach but that does not mean that it too can have an orthodoxy. Set ideas never get challenged. They also employ people of ethnic origin to report from those areas. Without any direct nastiness they see things “their way” an may not challenge their set ideas. Would an orthodox Jew who believed in the safe continued existence survive working for BBC news? Would a pro union person survive working for Fox news? People tend to listen to news they agree with and do not want to learn what is driving other people tobelive what they believe.

    • What soultion do you offer that does not simply result in the state of Isreal having all it wants? Like the Germans after World War 1 the Palestinian people feel a snse of humiliation. The Jewish people are bright, hard working and so powerful in many ways. That brings responsibility. Surely Judaism is about more than quaint rituals? It requires you to act with a sens eof social and moral responsibility and not to humiliate others. If our faith is superior then we must live that in our social and political lives. We must be kinder more understanding people, and not just act to defend ourselves. Being arrogant helps nobody. So what is your solution? Will it bring glory to the God we serve – or just to our egos?

  5. I have had cause to comment previously on Bowen’s partisan approach to Israeli-Arab issues, his blind acceptance of every piece of Hamas propaganda and his apparent contempt for normal standards of professionalism. His biased reporting does BBC listeners and viewers a grave disservice.

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