BBC film exposes falsehoods in two previous reports

Two months ago, on March 18th, BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme aired an item which included an interview presented by host Nick Robinson as follows:

Robinson: “The United Nations has said that over a year of weekly protests at the border with Gaza [sic] 193 Palestinians have been killed and more than 26 thousand injured. Among them is Dr Tarek Loubani, a Canadian Palestinian associate professor at the University of Western Ontario.”

Loubani: “I’d like to say that I was doing something heroic when I got shot but I wasn’t. I was standing. It was quiet, there was nothing else happening on the field. I was just loitering, talking to some of my colleagues. I was marked clearly in greens and had been on the field for a few hours so it was obvious to the soldiers, who were very close to us, exactly what we were doing. And I did not expect that I would be targeted. Up until that point it had been six weeks with no injuries of medics. All of a sudden I heard a loud bang and felt an incredible pain in my legs and found myself on the ground. The paramedic who rescued me, Musa Abuhassanin, Musa was killed an hour later when he was shot in the chest.”

As was noted here at the time, BBC audiences had previously heard that story from Tarek Loubani in an article that appeared on the BBC News website in May 2018 and which included a link to his blog.

“Dr Loubani, an emergency physician who practises in London, Ontario, and at the Shifa Hospital in Gaza, said in a blog post that one paramedic was killed and several others were wounded on Monday as Israeli troops opened fire during the protests.”

As was noted here on both those occasions:

“…a photograph of Captain Musa Abuhassanin also appeared on a poster released by Hamas showing some of its members killed on May 14th [2018].”

The ‘paramedic’ identified by Hamas in that poster as a member of its internal security apparatus turned up again in BBC Two’s recent film titled ‘One Day in Gaza’.

At 29:50 the film showed an interview with Musa Abuhassanin’s mother who told how, on May 14th 2018, she was taken by bus along with others from her local mosque to an “unofficial protest site” near the border which was “near a graveyard” and “right next to a Hamas military training area”.

31:18 “Four paramedics were dispatched to the area…one of them was Aintisar’s son, Musa. […] Musa was a paramedic in Gaza’s civil defence force – part of the Hamas ministry of the interior.”

Viewers heard an account of events at that site which contrasts sharply to that already given twice to BBC audiences by Tarek Loubani.

33:00: “Eyewitnesses say at least two armed Palestinians stood aside from the crowd and began firing on Israeli soldiers.”

A member of the IDF interviewed concerning the same incident spoke of fifteen to twenty shooters and viewers saw real time footage of shooting and IED explosions.

36:14: “Twenty-one people were killed at the graveyard that afternoon. At least eight of them were alleged [sic] members of al Qassam brigades, the military wing of Hamas. Two of them were children. No Israelis were hurt. The Hamas leadership denies they sanctioned a military operation that day but admits that Palestinians opened fire.”

55:02: “The paramedic Musa Abuhassanin was one of the dead claimed by Hamas. Palestinians say [sic] that like most of the dead, he had nothing to do with the organisation’s armed wing and was posing no threat to Israel when he was shot.”

According to the Twitter feed of the film’s producer Olly Lambert, he did his filming in the Gaza Strip in December 2018 at the same time that the ‘Today’ programme’s Mishal Husain was there.

Surely then the BBC should have realised by late December that the account of the incident it had promoted in May 2018 (and which is still available online) according to which the IDF opened fire without provocation was inaccurate and that the paramedic who appeared in Tarek Loubani’s story was actually a member of Hamas.

Nevertheless, three months after Lambert had filmed his interviews in the Gaza Strip, the BBC Radio 4 ‘Today’ programme once again provided an unchallenged platform for Tarek Loubani’s activist propaganda.

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6 comments on “BBC film exposes falsehoods in two previous reports

  1. People know the BBC lies are in plain sight for all to see, unfortunately the anti-Israel brigade BDSers Palestine Solidarity Campaign etc, both whose end game is the destruction of Israel and ethnic cleansing of Jews from their homeland in Israel, use such misinformation to convince other idiots to join their cause, hence the BBC are indirectly facilitating this rewriting of history based upon lies and deception. Demand a public enquiry into the actions of the BBC

  2. My Question is why don’t the BBC report from Israel side once. Show both side of the conflict. I think this would be fair.

    • Indeed the BBC are mandated by royal charter to show impartiality but they never do they are totally biased against Israel and OFCOM who are the regulators claim that you have to complain to the BBC who have designed a complaints system that does not work and is regulated by the very same BBC managers and editors, it is a joke.

  3. Surely by now the BBC’s ongoing inability and failure to deliver accurate, factual reports, its bias against the state of Israel and Jews, its refusal to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and its ongoing pro-“militant” bias, are enough to warrant investigation by the EHRC.

    Our publicly funded (via our licence fees & HMRC taxes) broadcaster is surely guilty of institutionalised antisemitism & racism and, regarding their tacit approval of Hamas & Islamic jihad and the PA’s ‘Pay For Slay’ “militant” attacks, their hero worshipping of Ahed Tamimi, their inability to explain the true genocidal intention behind BDS, are incitement to terrorism.

    It’s a daily, and during Eurovision week, an hourly problem.

    Whether it’s presenter Rylan Clark Neal repeatedly taking an insidious antisemitic sneering pop at Israeli “shekels” throughout his two broadcast appearances (Tuesday’s taxi driver carpool VT, and again last night) or cosy, familiar as an old cardi, R4 Woman’s Hour:

    On yesterday’s edition of R4 Woman’s Hour (21m 30s) we hear (Guardian) Joan Smith “journalist, novelist, Chair of the Mayor of London’s Violence Against Women and Girls Board” talk about her new book, ‘Home Grown’ in which she posits her theory that all terrorism is “home grown” – and springs from domestic violence.

    Discussing her chapter about the Charlie Hebdo jihadist attacks Smith quickly slips in a mention of the two terrorist brothers, “angry young men…victims of social care…from a very early stage they actually wanted to commit antisemitic attacks” and then, brushing aside any perpetual connections between radical Islamists and terrorist attacks against Jews and Israelis, almost in passing she goes on to say, “…in the end they attacked a newspaper”.

    What? WHAT?

    The only female employee that the Charlie Hebdo jihadists did NOT allow to flee was the paper’s Jewish Tunisian-born columnist, Elsa Cayat, a psychiatrist. Chillingly, her name was read out from the jihadists’ printed list of Hebdo employees, and she was slaughtered.

    The 80-year old Jewish, Tunisian-born, highly awarded (Legion of Honour) veteran cartoonist Georges Wolinski was similarly singled out, and slaughtered.

    Not once correctly referring to them as ‘jihadists’ but instead adopting a pitying tone, Smith goes on to completely ignore the fact that A THIRD ACCOMPLICE of these “two young men and victims of social care” the next day carried out the massacre at the Hyper Cacher.

    69-year old senior BBC journalist and presenter Jenni Murray doesn’t interrupt Smith to remind her – nor inform/remind her massive 3.7million radio & podcast audience (Woman’s Hour ranks second only to The Archers) – that a third member of this jihadist plot had sought out, held hostage and executed Jews in a kosher supermarket frequented by the North African and Mizrahi community, at peak shopping time just hours before Shabbat.

    All four Jewish men executed by the jihadist in the Hyper Cacher siege and massacre, Yoan Cohen and Yoav Hattab, son of Tunisia’s Chief Rabbi, and Francois-Michel Saada and Phillipe Braham, died as heroes. All four tried to fight the jihadist and seize his weapons, a submachine gun, assault rifle and two pistols. Their bravery and sacrifice enabled others to reach the safety of the basement.

    May the memories of all these victims be a blessing.

    French anti-terror judges have recommended that a total of fourteen suspected accomplices, including a high ranking Al-Qaeda operative, be tried in connection for the January 2015 jihadist attacks. Three of these suspected accomplices are still being sought by police (Times of Israel, Jan 2019).

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