BBC News coverage of terrorism in Israel – June 2015 & Q2 2015

The Israel Security Agency’s report on terror attacks during June 2015 (Hebrew) shows that throughout the month a total of 123 incidents took place: 69 in Judea & Samaria, 51 in Jerusalem and three incidents of missile fire from the Gaza Strip. Two Israeli civilians were killed and eight people wounded in those attacks. The agency recorded 98 attacks with petrol bombs, two stabbings, four shooting attacks and 16 attacks using explosive devices.

The three separate incidents of missile fire from the Gaza Strip occurred on June 3rd, June 6th and June 23rd and in some cases multiple projectiles were fired in what the agency records as one incident. None of those attacks were reported by BBC News in English at the time but the Israeli responses to them were reported on the BBC Arabic website. A BBC News website article which appeared on June 10th made a vague reference to some of the incidents prior to that date.

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Neither of the two fatal shooting attacks which took place on June 19th and June 29th were reported by the BBC in English but they were mentioned in articles appearing on the BBC Arabic website.

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Non-fatal incidents which took place during June were also ignored.

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In short, with the exception of one brief and very vague later reference to missile attacks during the first week of the month, there was no BBC reporting on terror attacks against Israelis throughout June 2015.

Throughout the first quarter of 2015 the BBC reported on less than 1% of the terror attacks which actually took place. During 2015’s second quarter 0.76% of terror attacks were reported by BBC News but none of the three fatal attacks which took place received any coverage whatsoever in English.

In summary: throughout the first six months of 2015 English-speaking BBC audiences were informed of just 0.85% of the terror attacks against Israelis and received no coverage of any of the attacks which resulted in fatalities.

Q2 terror

The BBC Trust’s definition of the corporation’s public purpose remit titled ‘Global Outlook’ states:

“BBC viewers, listeners and users can rely on the BBC to provide internationally respected news services to audiences around the world and they can expect the BBC to keep them in touch with what is going on in the world, giving insight into the way people live in other countries.”

Clearly that pledge is not being met with regard to terrorism against Israelis and the knock-on effect of that omission is that audiences are unable to comprehend the context to the Israeli counter-terrorism measures such as border restrictions, the anti-terrorist fence or checkpoints which do feature extensively and regularly in BBC content.

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