BBC News website misleads on construction plans

As documented here last week, early on the morning of July 27th a report concerning a terror attack that had taken place the previous evening in the community of Geva Binyamin (Adam) was published on the BBC News website’s Middle East page.

Middle East page 27/7/18

On the evening (local time) of the same day, a follow-up report was published but by the next morning it no longer appeared on the website’s Middle East page, although the first report was left standing.

Middle East page 28/7/18

That follow-up report – titled “Israeli defence minister calls for West Bank settlement expansion” – was, like the earlier article, bizarrely tagged “Gaza border clashes” even though the location of the incident that is its subject matter is nowhere near the ‘Gaza border’.

Readers of that follow-up report were told that:

“Israel’s defence minister says the best way to stop more attacks on Israeli citizens in the occupied West Bank is to expand its settlements.

Avigdor Lieberman announced 400 new homes would be built in Adam, near Ramallah, where a Palestinian fatally stabbed an Israeli man on Thursday. […]

The West Bank settlements are considered illegal under international law, though Israel disputes this. […]

The Israeli army also said it is “reinforcing the defence” in the settlement of Adam, but Mr Lieberman suggested a longer-term strategy was needed.

“The best answer to terror is a settlement expansion in the West Bank,” he tweeted [in Hebrew].”

So did – and can, as this report clearly leads readers to believe – Israel’s defence minister at the drop of a hat order the construction of 400 “new” residential units in Geva Binyamin (Adam) in response to the terror attack that took place the previous evening? As explained at the Times of Israel – the answer to that question is no.

“Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on Friday announced that he had directed his ministry to advance plans for the construction of 400 new homes in the West Bank settlement of Adam, in response to the deadly terror attack that took place there overnight. […]

The 400 homes would be part of an already existing plan which will add 1,000 houses in the settlement, 150 of which are already under construction.

Liberman’s directive likely means the plan will be prioritized by the Civil Administration, the Defense Ministry body that convenes once every three months to approve West Bank construction.

The plan still requires several approvals by planning authorities before ground can be broken — a process that sometimes can take years.” [emphasis added]

As we have seen in the past, BBC audiences often receive misleading impressions about the scale of construction in Judea & Samaria and parts of Jerusalem because the BBC covers – often repeatedly – announcements of building plans, planning approvals and issues of tenders, regardless of whether they actually come to fruition.

In this report we have yet another example of the BBC presenting residential units that are part of an existing plan as though they were an announcement of “new” building.

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BBC practice of repeat reporting of Israeli planning permits continues

The BBC’s inaccurate and misleading representation of Israeli building – part two




4 comments on “BBC News website misleads on construction plans

  1. The BBC is not interested in the truth – it is interested only about showing Israel in a bad light. Kick them out of Israel.

  2. Once again the BBC stick to their personal mantra not the truth. Judea and Samaria (in Hebrew, Yehuda v’Shomron) is the correct name for the territory that Jordan occupied beginning in 1949 until Israel assumed its administration in 1967. As regards who is the legal sovereign, there is a dispute. So, okay, st best it can be called “disputed territory”. Some actually think it is “liberated territory”. For sure it was included in the area of the historic Jewish homeland that was to become the Jewish state as decided by the League of Nations in 1922. The terms Judea & Samaria date back to Biblical times and appear numerous times in the Old and also the New Testament. The 1947 partition plan borders of the UN used the terms Judea and Samaria. You can find them in many books from centuries ago. About the use of ‘West Bank’: when the Kingdom of Jordan (remember, the illegal occupier of the territory, having conquered it in 1948) decided to annex the area, it created the term ‘West Bank’. That’s it: April 1950. Therefore are Judea and Samaria “illegally occupied”? No, Judea and Samaria are not “illegally occupied”. Stop the BBC bias

    • Neil, there is ZERO legislation that renders the settlements ‘illegal’. That’s zero, none, zilch, nada. Therefore, they are 100% legal.
      The BBC is a lying antisemitic propaganda outfit.

      • I know that Leah and have said nothing to counter that argument indeed far from it, only quoted chapter and verse so that the BBC can get their history correct rather than preaching this mythical international law that nobody has ever passed.

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