More BBC News promotion of its politicised narrative on Jerusalem

A report headlined “Jerusalem: Jordan condemns Israeli Western Wall railway plan” was published on the BBC News website’s ‘Middle East page on February 18th.

The apparent purpose of the report is to inform BBC audiences of the objections of another country to plans to extend a railway in Jerusalem.  

“Jordan has condemned a decision by Israel to advance a plan to build a railway line and station underneath the heart of Jerusalem’s Old City. […]

Jordan called the move a “flagrant violation of international law”.

Foreign ministry spokesman Daifallah al-Fayez urged the international community to “assume its responsibilities to resist the illegitimate and illegal Israeli steps”.”

Readers were not informed by the BBC which particular “international law” relates to the construction of railways.

They did however see one-sided portrayal of parts of the city of Jerusalem, including a frequently used map sourced from the political NGO B’tselem.

“A 3km (2-mile) tunnel will lead to the Western Wall – one of Judaism’s holiest sites – in the city’s occupied east.”

“The status of Jerusalem goes to the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Israel regards Jerusalem as its “eternal and undivided” capital, while the Palestinians claim East Jerusalem – occupied by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war – as the capital of a future state.” [emphasis added]

Predictably however, readers were not told that what the BBC chooses to call “East Jerusalem” was invaded and occupied by Jordan nineteen years earlier or that in June 1967 it was Jordan which opened the hostilities on that front. Neither were they provided with any significant background information concerning the Waqf and its status before being informed that:

“Jordan has special responsibility for overseeing the Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem – including the compound behind the Western Wall, known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif (the Noble Sanctuary) and to Jews as the Temple Mount – via an Islamic trust called the Waqf.”

The BBC is obliged under the terms of its Charter to “provide impartial news and information to help people understand and engage with the world around them”. Its adoption and exclusive promotion of one-sided politicised narratives which deliberately omit relevant information cannot possibly be claimed to serve audiences in accordance with those obligations.

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7 comments on “More BBC News promotion of its politicised narrative on Jerusalem

  1. Jordan, Palestinians and Arabs in general object to anything built, in an effort to improve the lives of people living there, by Israel. Jerusalem was never given to Jordan and since the Waqf is a Jordanian institution and Jordan historically denied the rights of Jews and Christians to pray at the Western Wall for 19 years and still deny them the right to pray on the Temple Mount, why are Waqf not being prosecuted? The agreement was freedom to pray for all religions not just Muslims. They have a separate compound for the Al Aqsa Mosque which BTW is not Temple Mount (the golden dome) as millions of people are being conned into believing by both the PSC but especially the Iranian backed BBC. Why do the BBC continue their lies and distortions when reporting on Israel? Has anyone actually done a count of the number of Muslims working at the BBC? An acquaintance who does work there said the figures would shock if they were ever released to the general public.

  2. Extremist Muslims have long targeted the BBC to infiltrate – just as they have targeted other influential setups – such as banks, communication, media, etc – specifically to be able to demonise Israel to the gullible UK public. BBC reports are carefully worded to subtly convey anti-Semitic narratives without being legally actionable.

  3. I wonder. Has the BBC ever reported about the Waqf excavations under the Temple Mount which destroyed evidence of the Second Temple? The only reason that they stopped doing it is because their work caused subsidence under the structure.

    My understanding is that that would be a violation of “international law.”

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  5. Jews and Arabs do not want and can not live in a common bi-national state.
    Divorce and separation of two nations are inevitable.
    The Jews are forbidden to settle and even visit many cities in Palestine.
    The Arabs in their own way fulfilled the UN decision on the partition of Palestine.
    6.5 million Palestinian Arabs have no rights to choose for themselves the particular citizenship.

    Separating peoples on the basis of citizenship is the most rewarding.
    Checked in the past by:
    Greeks – Turks, Hungarians – Austrians, Poles – Germans, Lithuanians – Russians, Czechs – Slovaks, Irish – British, Serbs – Croats and so on.

    Solution of the century – natural, fair and fast:
    ALL Palestinian Arabs between the sea and the Jordan receive identity cards issued in Ramallah and pay taxes to the Arab Authority.
    From this point will begin the separation of Jews from Arabs in Palestine.
    It’s time to release the “occupied” and compare the rights of Arabs in Haifa and Jaffa to the rights of Jews in Ramallah and Gaza.

    After 2 million Arabs become citizens of their state (without an army), they will pay taxes in Ramallah and gradually all Arabs will be absorbed in Ramallah, Nablus, Jenin, Hebron, Jericho, Abu Dis, Bethlehem, Gaza, etc.

    Palestinian-Jordanian ☪️ citizenship, Abu Dis and Shu’afat – for Arabs,
    Israeli ✡️ citizenship and Jerusalem – for Jews !

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