BBC misleads young audiences on Middle East geography

h/t RC

Newsround – described as the BBC’s “news magazine keeping young viewers up to date with the latest stories and events happening at home and abroad” – produced an article titled “Everything you need to know about St Andrew’s Day” on November 30th.

In a section sub-headed “Who was Saint Andrew?” the corporation’s younger audience was told that:

“We don’t actually know a lot about St Andrew.

It is believed that he was born between the years 5 AD and 10 AD in a place that’s now called Palestine, in the Middle East. […]

Andrew’s brother, Simon Peter, was also one of the disciples. They both lived in Galilee, where they were fishermen.”[emphasis added]

According to Christian tradition – including the Vatican – St Andrew was indeed born in the Galilee district, possibly in Bethsaida, and fished in the Sea of Galilee.

As the BBC surely knows, that area is of course not “now called Palestine” at all – it is in Israel.

BBC Watch has submitted a complaint.

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