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The Pattern Continues: No Coverage of Gaza Missile Attacks in English But BBC Arabic Reports Israeli Response

World  (tags: Accuracy, BBC, Impartiality, Omission, Public Purposes • Tagged BBC, BBC Arabic, BBC News, BBC Online, Gaza Strip, Hamas, Hof Ashkelon, Israel, Rocket Attacks, Salafists, terrorism, Twitter )

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For the third time in less than two weeks, missile attacks from the Gaza Strip aimed at Israeli civilians were not reported on the BBCâEUR(TM)s English language website but the Israeli response to those terror attacks was covered on the corporationâEUR(TM)s Arabic


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Beth S (330)
Monday June 8, 2015, 2:11 pm
For the third time in less than two weeks, missile attacks from the Gaza Strip aimed at Israeli civilians were not reported on the BBC’s English language website but the Israeli response to those terror attacks was covered on the corporation’s Arabic language site.

At around 9:30 p.m. on June 6th residents in the Ashkelon and Hof Ashkelon areas of southern Israel had to run for cover as air-raid sirens sounded a warning of incoming missile fire from the Gaza Strip. One projectile landed in a field in the Hof Ashkelon area, fortunately causing no injuries. Overnight Israel responded with strikes on terror infrastructure in the northern Gaza Strip’s Bet Lahia region and it was announced that the Kerem Shalom and Erez crossings would not be opened on June 7th. In addition to the Iron Dome missile defence batteries already deployed two days earlier in southern Israel due to the recent rise in missile fire, a further unit was deployed near Rehovot.

As was the case after the previous attack three days earlier, the missile fire was claimed by a Salafist group in the Gaza Strip and Channel 10’s Hezi Simantov reported that a senior figure in the group told the paper ‘Al Quds’ that such attacks against Israel would continue as long as Hamas continues to hold members of the group under arrest and to ‘persecute’ Salafists in the Gaza Strip.

Whilst the BBC has made a habit of concealing the fact, last summer’s fifty-day conflict between Hamas and Israel also began with attacks by other, smaller, terrorist groups and Hamas’ decision to join in the missile fire was prompted by issues by no means exclusively related to Israel, such as the PA’s refusal to pay the salaries of Hamas employees and the closure of the Rafah border crossing by Egypt.

One might therefore have thought that the BBC would have shown some interest in reporting a second missile attack in three days – and the third in less than two weeks – not only because of the inevitable resulting rise in tensions between Israel and the Gaza Strip, but also (especially considering that only two months ago it enthusiastically promoted Khaled Masha’al’s claim that “There is no Daesh [ISIS], no IS or Al Qaeda in Palestine. There are some lone wolves but they are isolated. We don’t allow such thoughts in Palestine”) from the angle of the infighting within the Gaza Strip and Hamas’ failure to prevent other factions from breaching the ceasefire.

However, the BBC’s English language website once again carried no coverage whatsoever of this latest attack. On the other hand, the 1.7 million followers of the BBC Arabic Twitter account were told that “Israeli warplanes bombed the site of the Qassam Brigades in the northern Gaza Strip”.

BBC Arabic 7 june tweet

Visitors to the BBC Arabic website found the same context-free headline in an article which once again leads with the effect rather than the cause.

As we see, a pattern has been established with regard to the reporting of missile fire from the Gaza Strip. Whilst audiences using the BBC’s English language website are not told of the attacks at all, readers of the BBC Arabic website get to hear first and foremost about the Israeli responses to such attacks.

However one wishes to describe this ongoing editorial policy, the appropriate title is certainly not accurate and impartial journalism.

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Beth S (330)
Monday June 8, 2015, 2:16 pm
This is so very typical.

No matter the high rate of incidences of Palestinian life-threatening provocation, there is often nothing you can find in the news about Palestinians trying so hard to start a fight.

But when Israel lifts its fists to defend itself against the attacks, we only hear about that.

This is deliberate manipulation of audiences by Islamist and Far Left Israel haters. It's beyond double standards. It's obscene, and just for example, the greatest media company in the UK does this so that it has become it's own norm.

But they're not the only ones.

Beware to make sure you hear both sides.

Beth S (330)
Monday June 8, 2015, 3:46 pm
The nameless, photoless wuss keeps showing up at every article that threatens him or her and tries to change the subject.

This person has a serious problem and cannot face the truth. Perpetration of lies, denial, deflection, demonization is this person's game. Says something about in inability and irresponsibility of looking at the true source of the problem, which all over the world is: Islam.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 9, 2015, 12:26 pm
Yes, Beth, BBC is not a reliable or, better say, PC source of news.

If more news sources follow its steps, Israel should be able to strike terrorists in Gaza and West Bank without a provocation, because it will not be reported any differently!

Darren Woolsey (218)
Tuesday June 9, 2015, 12:33 pm
The BBC is overly political correct, or likes to think it is.

Fortunately, there are more sources now than just them.

John De Avalon (36)
Tuesday June 9, 2015, 1:03 pm
I just looked out of curiosity and couldn't find reports of either on the BBC UK website (Middle East section)

They do have a broader reportage on the UK site, generally speaking. .A very good article entitled 'Caution needed with Gaza casualty figures'. Worth a read. [Mind you, I don't recall this information being broadcast on the television news.]

Maggie D (69)
Tuesday June 9, 2015, 1:34 pm
Par for the course. Hamas has been launching rocket attacks at Israel for years but when Israel tries to defend itself Hamas is the victim. Thanks, Beth, Noted.

Stan B (123)
Tuesday June 9, 2015, 3:15 pm
The BBC is the UK's edition of Al Jazeera.
Thanks Beth.

S J (124)
Tuesday June 9, 2015, 4:46 pm
noted, thanks

David B (34)
Tuesday June 9, 2015, 6:32 pm
and there we go again more religious crap destroying lives . I'm starting to wish we could just nuke bothsides and forget about them .

Beth S (330)
Tuesday June 9, 2015, 8:53 pm
There was a person with a frog icon, no name, no friends who was the person who was writing in a very creepy manner who I was referring to as the "Wuss." Several people complained about the Wuss, and I see that everything that s/he wrote was deleted, so my remarks seem rather strange and out of context. This creep followed me onto most of the articles that I had posted.

This person seemed not just creepy, but off of his/her rocker. In a way, I'm sorry that the comments were deleted, as it shows the depth of psychopathology that the Israel- and Jew-haters have. It goes way far into the irrational, and with this person, practically into the preternatural. Very, very weird.

Debra G (0)
Tuesday June 9, 2015, 10:18 pm
No surprise. Wonder if ANY news outlet covers both sides. Mmmmm, nope. Thanks, Beth.

Roslyn McBride (26)
Wednesday June 10, 2015, 4:09 am
Talk about prejudice.

John De Avalon (36)
Wednesday June 10, 2015, 9:08 am
I only wish all concerned would put as much energy into promoting peace and reconciliation as they put into stirring the pot!

We all share a common humanity, with the same hopes, dreams and aspirations. Remember, the ordinary Palestinians are not monsters or terrorists. They are just as much victims of Hamas - and those who stir the hate pot - as the Israelis are.


Beth S (330)
Wednesday June 10, 2015, 10:29 am

I wish the Palestinians would, too. While there are Palestinians who are "not all monsters", they are training their children 8-18 to acquire the pathos of Islam and how to kill non-Muslims, especially Jews and children. They are deliberately indoctrinating their children into terror-Jihad. This is both the P.A. and Hamas. They really only differ in some minor ways. Neither want a two state solution. They want an annihilate the Jews completely solution, and they are excellent at manipulating non-Arabic or non-Farsi-speaking audiences.

Jihad is a religious imperative in Islam. Muslims all over the world (note: not all Muslims) engage in Jihad against Buddhists, Hindus, Jaines, Christians, Jews, gays, women who don't follow Sharia and more.

Israel is an excuse for Muslims to rally behind. But Israel isn't why Boko Haram is kidnapping, raping and enslaving thousands of Nigerian Christian girls, or why ISIS is doing the same thing to Yazidi girls.

Israel is the excuse, the bait, Muslims use to divide and conquer. Because, God forbid, if the Jews ever go, it will be many other people, including YOU,that will be their next target.

Islam has been at war since its inception 1400 years ago. It is a religion of War -- Dar al Harb. And it has never ceased crushing people all over the world of every religion.

In fact, contrary to the outrageous propaganda machines they have that Islam means peace, Islam actually means SUBMISSION. (The root words in Arabic are totally different.)

You owe it to yourself to learn the truth about Islam and its 1400 year old religious mandate to take over the entire globe.

One of MANY websites that can tell you about Islam you'll want to see is:

I'd love to discuss it with you at any time.
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