BBC News ignores fatal terror attack in Jerusalem

BBC correspondents based in Jerusalem could not fail to be aware of the murder of a nineteen year-old Israeli on February 7th that has been widely reported by local media.

“Ori Ansbacher, 19, from the West Bank town of Tekoa, was named Friday as the murder victim whose body was found a day earlier on the outskirts of Jerusalem. […]

On Thursday evening, Ansbacher’s body, with “signs of violence” on it, was found in woodland at Ein Yael to the south of Jerusalem, police said.

She had been reported missing since early Thursday. […]

Ansbacher was carrying out a year of national service at a youth center in Jerusalem at the time of her death.”

The following day an arrest was made in Ramallah and the suspect was later identified.

“The Palestinian suspect in the murder on Thursday of Israeli teen Ori Ansbacher in Jerusalem was identified Saturday as Arafat Irfayia, a 29-year-old resident of the West Bank city of Hebron who was in Israel illegally. A Channel 12 news report quoted Israeli security officials saying he had confessed to the killing.”

The murder was categorised as a terror attack on February 10th.

“On Sunday, the Shin Bet announced that the murder was a nationalistically motivated terror attack. […]

The Shin Bet said that Irfaiya reenacted the murder in front of interrogators and “implicated himself definitively in the incident.” […]

Citing the suspect’s account under questioning, the Shin Bet said in a statement Saturday night that Irfaiya left his home in Hebron on Thursday armed with a knife and made his way toward Jerusalem, where he spotted Ansbacher in the woods and fatally attacked her.

A spokesman for the Shin Bet said Irfaiya had spent time in prison for security-related offenses and that he had crossed into Israel without a permit before carrying out the murder. Hebrew media reported that the suspect is affiliated with Hamas, though neither the terror group nor others have claimed responsibility for the attack.”

Last month the BBC News website published three articles concerning the murder of a young Israeli woman in Australia. In contrast, BBC audiences have to date seen no reporting whatsoever on the terror attack in which Ori Ansbacher was murdered.

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Political designation of terror attack location again gets priority from BBC News

Less than 24 hours after the publication of a report on a fatal terror attack which focused audience attentions on the perceived political status of the village in which the victim lived rather than on the person herself, the BBC News website used the same formula to report an additional attack in Tekoa.

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Once again the headline used failed to clarify to audiences that the story is about a terror attack or to inform them of the identity of the terrorist. The victim – Michal Froman – was not identified in the report but once again, the BBC made sure to communicate to audiences its preferred political designation of the location where the incident took place.  

“A pregnant Israeli woman has been stabbed and wounded by a Palestinian man in a settlement in the occupied West Bank, the Israeli military says.

The assailant was shot by the head of security at the Tekoa settlement, south of Jerusalem, after attacking the 30-year-old woman at a warehouse.

The woman was said to be in a moderate and stable condition in hospital.

The attack comes less than 24 hours after an Israeli woman was killed at another West Bank settlement.”

Additionally, BBC News website editors found it appropriate to offer readers additional recommended reading in the form of the October 2015 article by Kevin Connolly in which he claimed that Israelis fearful of terror attacks suffer from ‘paranoia’.