Misleading Reporting on the Arab-Israel Conflict, BBC-Style
Today, my series on misleading reporting deconstructs the BBC:
“Israel: Gaza rocket attacks strike Ashdod and Yavneh”
“Two rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel, a day after Israeli air strikes on the Hamas-controlled territory. There have been no reports of casualties.”
See, Israel started it. Besides, Hamas’ rockets are harmless.
“The rocket attacks come amid growing cross-border tensions ….”
Why describe events as “tensions”? Because tension doesn’t justify this:
“…there have been at least three Israeli airstrikes as well as artillery fire on targets in Gaza on Thursday. At least one Palestinian has been injured.”
The Israelis hurt people. Not like that nice Hamas.
Why did the Israelis strike?
“Rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel on Wednesday [which] prompted Israeli air strikes east of Gaza City later in the day.”
Oh, they were responding to an attack, right? Not in BBC-land:
“The Islamic Jihad militant group said it had carried out the earlier attacks in reprisal for the killing of eight Palestinians near Gaza City on Tuesday. Four of those killed were members of one family, and included two children.”
The Joos started it. And they killed civilians.
Next, BBC’s reminds us that Israel likes to invade Gaza:
“Exchanges since Saturday have been among the most serious since Israel’s major offensive in the coastal strip between December 2008 and January 2009. Gaza has been run by the Islamist Hamas movement since 2007. “
No mention that the offensive followed months of missile fire from Gaza.
Finally, the obligatory inanimate object:
“On Wednesday, a bomb left at a bus stop in Jerusalem killed one person and wounded many others. No group has said it carried out that attack. “
A bomb is inanimate. It is placed. Deliberately. It is then detonated. By a person. But no matter. No group claimed the bomb, so to the BBC it came to life, Golem-life, and attacked peopl