Between July 1st and September 30th 2017, a total of fifty-eight reports with content relating to Israel and/or the Palestinians appeared on the BBC News website’s Middle East page, one of which was carried over from the previous quarter.
Some of the reports were produced by other departments (e.g. BBC Technology, BBC Travel) or appeared on other pages of the website (e.g. ‘UK’ or ‘US & Canada’) but were also posted on the Middle East page.
Although the Israeli security services recorded 435 terror attacks during the second quarter of 2017 (see ‘related articles’ below), just four of those attacks received some sort of coverage on the BBC News website.
(The dates in brackets represent the period of time in which a report was available to visitors to the website’s Middle East page.)
Israeli police killed in attack near Jerusalem holy site (14/7/17 to 17/7/17) discussed here
Three Israelis stabbed to death in West Bank attack (21/7/17 to 25/7/17) discussed here
Palestinian gunman kills three Israelis in West Bank (26/9/17 to 27/9/17) discussed here
A further ten reports related to security issues arising from the July 14th terror attack near Temple Mount.
East Jerusalem: Palestinians killed as holy site tensions soar (21/7/17 to 24/7/17) discussed here
Jerusalem: Metal detectors at holy site ‘could be removed’ (22/7/17 to 23/7/17)
Jerusalem: Israel installs security cameras near holy site (23/7/17 to 24/7/17)
Jerusalem holy site tensions ‘must ease by Friday’ (24/7/17 to 25/7/17) discussed here
Palestinians return to holy site after Israel security reversal (27/7/17 to 28/7/17)
Jerusalem holy site: Cheers as scaffolding removed (27/7/17 to 28/7/17)
One report concerned the attack at the Israeli embassy in Jordan.
One report related to security measures being implemented along the border with the Gaza Strip.
One report related to an alleged Israeli attack on a military site in Syria.
‘Israeli jets hit Syria’s Masyaf chemical site’ – reports (7/7/17 to 11/9/17) discussed here
In all, 29.3% of the BBC News website’s reports in Q3 covered stories relating to security and/or terrorism. The additional topics found in the BBC’s coverage of Israel and the Palestinians during the third quarter of 2017 will be discussed in part two of this post.