On the afternoon of March 16th a vehicular attack took place near Mevo Dotan.
“A Palestinian driver hit four Israeli soldiers with his car Friday afternoon, killing an officer and a soldier and seriously injuring the others, outside the Mevo Dotan settlement in the northern West Bank. One of the injured soldiers suffered severe head trauma and was fighting for his life.
The military confirmed that the incident was a terror attack. It said the troops were hit while standing near a military guard post.”
“A Palestinian man has driven his car into a group of Israeli troops in the north of the occupied West Bank, killing an officer and a soldier, the Israeli military says. […]
Two other soldiers were injured in the incident.” [emphasis added]
Readers were not told that at the time the article was published, one of the injured soldiers was in serious condition after suffering severe head trauma. Neither were they informed that the terrorist received treatment in an Israeli hospital after the incident.
“The suspect fled from the scene but was later detained. Reports said he was lightly injured.”
The report states:
“The Israeli military said the soldiers had been securing routes near the settlement of Mevo Dotan.”
Readers were not informed that the soldiers were securing that route because – as the Jerusalem Post and others reported:
“Palestinian protesters had been throwing rocks and molotov cocktails toward the road”.
The BBC did, however, include its standard partial mantra on ‘international law’ in the report.
“The incident happened near the Jewish settlement of Mevo Dotan, west of the Palestinian town of Jenin. […]
The settlements are considered illegal under international law, though Israel disputes this.”
As has so often been the case in BBC reports relating to Palestinian terrorism and violence published since early December 2017, this article suggests linkage between the attack and US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel over three months ago.
“The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas hailed the car-ramming incident but did not say it was behind it.
The incident happened amid high tension on Friday after Hamas called for protests to mark 100 days since US President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.”
Hamas had in fact called for a ‘Day of Rage’ rather than “protests” and the attack was also praised by additional Palestinian factions: the PIJ, the DFLP and the PFLP.
The report goes on:
“The US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has been welcomed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu but has infuriated Palestinians.
The declaration broke with decades of US neutrality on the issue and put it out of step with the rest of the international community.”
In fact, the US Congress of course voted to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital over two decades ago.
The BBC’s article closes with a quote from an AFP report:
“More than 30 Palestinians and four Israelis have been killed in violence since Mr Trump’s declaration, AFP reported.”
Once again, readers were not told how many of the Palestinians killed were engaged in terror attacks or violent rioting at the time and the BBC refrained from clarifying that a higher number of Israelis were murdered in terror attacks by Palestinians in the three months before the US president made his declaration than in the three months since.