ON THE BALL…

The BBC pursues any Israeli weakness or fault with a vengeance that belies bias; Here is BBC Watch picking up the details…

On February 14th – just one day after a report about a group of racist fans from the Beitar Jerusalem football club (one of two produced until then by the BBC) had finally given up the place it had held on the Middle East page of the BBC News website for six whole days – two more articles on the same subject were instated on that same page.

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57 Responses to ON THE BALL…

  1. Amounderness Lad says:

    I wonder how many Palestinian Football Teams have Jewish or even Christian players and what kind of reception those players would get as soon as they stepped into the pitch?

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  2. phil says:

    The BBC often seems to expect Israel’s inhabitants to have higher standards of behaviour than people in the dreadful countries which make up the rest of the middle east.

    But as the BBC is not racist this cannot be true.

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    • ROBERT BROWN says:

      Yes, the rest of the middle-east, despite the kindness of some of the people, is an utter toilet, as is India and of course, our principle ‘enricher’, Pakistan.

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      • Teddy Bear says:

        India?
        I’ve been in 54 countries and India would rank as one of the most incredible I experienced. They have a different reality to our own, which is part of its beauty.

        Far from being a toilet.

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  3. Paul C says:

    Yet the uniquely funded BBC (like their soulmates at the Guardian) could not find the space to report this story from Egypt.
    http://cifwatch.com/2013/02/10/racism-in-football-israel-and-egypt-contrast-in-guardian-coverage/
    On April 6, 2011, scores of football fans in Egypt hurled gigantic banners with the words:
    One Nation for a new Holocaust [against the Jews].

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  4. Ian Hills says:

    Hostile reporters seem to live a charmed life in Israel. If I was in the IDF I might be tempted to accidentally shoot them whilst off-duty, after dressing up as an Arab.

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  5. dez says:

    “The BBC pursues any Israeli weakness or fault with a vengeance that belies bias…”
     
    Yeah… okay… because two written and two video reports “buried” (isn’t that what’s called on B-BBC?) on the middle-east page is “pursuing Israel with a vengeance”.
     
    Except they’re not about Israel, they are about Beitar Jerusalem football club and heir signing of two Muslim players.
     
    Bad Israel?
     
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying; “We must not accept such racist behaviour”.
     
    Bad Israel?
     
    “In the wake of recent events the club’s manager and owners have taken positive, affirmative action.
     
    Ringleaders from the notorious “La Famila” group of fans have been banned from home matches, a handful of others have been arrested and charged with insulting and racist behaviour.”
     
    Bad Israel?
     
    “Ehud Olmert, a former Israeli prime minister, and the incumbent leader, Benjamin Netanyahu, expressed their outrage at the attack and the openly racist behaviour of a minority of fans.”
     
    Any idea what you’re talking about Mr Vance?
     
    No?
     
    There’s a surprise.
     

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    • David Preiser (USA) says:

      Don’t be silly, dez. Don’t you remember the big BBC story about extreme right-wing racism surrounding football in the Ukraine and Poland? Their leaders made all the right noises and sad faces, too, yet you were meant to understand “bad Ukraine” and “bad Poland”. Black folks were warned against visiting on fear of being sent back home in the piney box. So don’t even try that one.

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      • dez says:

        These reports weren’t about Ukraine and Poland; they were about Beitar Jerusalem.

        Perhaps you could attempt to talk about that instead of shamelessly trying to change the subject.

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        • David Preiser (USA) says:

          No, dez, it’s the same subject.

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          • dez says:

            Reports about racism in Ukraine and Poland is the same subject as; “The BBC pursues any Israeli weakness or fault with a vengeance”?

            Yeah, that makes sense, duh.

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            • RCE says:

              Both are about ‘racism’ in football crowds though, dez.

              No?

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              • ltwf1964 says:

                I see the king of tedium has picked up a new buzzword

                “duh”

                he’s so down with the kids

                or perhaps he just is one

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              • The General says:

                Dez what planet are you on ? So why does the BBC report the Israeli football act of racism by a few supporters and fails to mention the frightening antisemitic “rally” at the Egyptian football match ?
                As usual I do not have expectations of a reply.

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            • David Preiser (USA) says:

              It’s the same subject, dez: the BBC using highly selective reporting about racism in football to demonize an entire country. Don’t pretend you’ve forgotten about the reaction to black people being told they might be killed if they attend a match.

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      • Guest Who says:

        Don’t be silly, dez.
        And all he, ever, has is Duh.
        And no point.
        No contest.

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    • John Anderson says:

      You are such a clown, Dez. The whole point is – the story is simply not newsworthy. Not worth reporting on a BRITISH news site.

      Except to the bigots at the BBC and people like you.

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    • RCE says:

      Dez,

      I can’t find any articles at all on the BBC website about the anti-semitic Egyptian TV kid’s programmes.

      As you are the B-BBC all-time link-finding champion maybe you can have a go?

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    • deegee says:

      As in many things it is question of tone – what is said and not said. How many times and how prominently did the piece run before Wyre Davies chose to mention what anyone who follows Israeli football knows. Betar Jerusalem is an exception and a blot.

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  6. spooky says:

    Once again we see th racism of the bbc & its apologists

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    • dez says:

      “Once again we see th racism of the bbc & its apologists”
       
      So some reports about Israeli’s trying to combat racism in football is racist?
       
      Care to explain how you worked that one out?

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      • Mat says:

        Had to like this post Dezz-dim-moana as it’s a gem nice to see you have so much time to troll this site since everyone else has got sick of you and banned you !

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        • David Preiser (USA) says:

          It’s too bad he doesn’t have time to comment on Will Self and Radio 4 or 28-Gate or the vast array of partisan tweets or the recent censorship of Mervyn King’s statement about green energy policies or the Fogel family tragedy or the Jews of Malmö.

          Fruit too high up, I guess.

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    • chrisH says:

      More of these please…Savage at least tells it as it is!

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      • chrisH says:

        Was alarmed at Savages sheer nastiness at the beginning, but far bigger truths emerge by the time the call is done-so worth listening to in full.
        “For the Greater Good” eh?
        And let`s not forget-this Iranian caller is a US citizen, and far better educated than 95% of Muslims that make the airwaves.
        That tells me that the good ones, clever ones and honourable ones stay silent….
        Which will suit the appallingly trite twerp Rob Marshall who gave us our Thought For The Day.(Sat 16.2.13)
        It`s always “a time to be silent” when Islam comes to the doors of Canterbury or to Wood Lane, Salford..anywhere!….

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  7. Clear Memories says:

    When is this government going to wake up and set about the nest of vipers that is the BBC?

    http://www.thecommentator.com/article/699/bbc_reveals_huge_scale_of_honour_attacks_in_britain_fails_to_mention_the_word_islam

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    • dez says:

      BBC reveals huge scale of domestic violence in Britain, fails to mention the word ‘Christian’:
       
      “According to the data, two million people in England and Wales suffered sexual assault, violence, threats or abuse at the hands of a partner or family member last year.”
       
      http://bbc.in/VlWtdO
       
      BBC reveals huge scale of domestic violence in Devon and Cornwall, fails to mention the word ‘Christian’:
       
      “The police force said officers responded to more than 25,000 incidents across the region – about 1,000 more than in the previous year.”
       
      http://bbc.in/VlWZIV
       
      BBC reveals huge scale of domestic violence in Ireland, fails to mention the word ‘Christian’:
       
      “Irish domestic violence figures are ‘horrific’ says SAFE Ireland director”
       
      http://bbc.in/YlPd0p
       

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      • Clear Memories says:

        And your point is dez?

        This report deals specifically with so-called ‘honour’ attacks – a concept that is alien both to Christianity and the general ethos of the UK. Your references relate to domestic violence in its broadest description and domestic violence is wrong – full stop.

        But there is only one group that treats women as less than men, as mere chattels and sanctions violence by husbands against their wives (and daughters) and it certainly isn’t Christianity.

        As usual, the desert-derived cult, which brooks no criticism, gets a free ride from the BBC and the legal system, its medieval and misogynistic tenets being studiously ignored by both the soft and hard left and the luvvies.

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      • Doublethinker says:

        There are plenty of unpleasant people in Britain whom we have to put up with without importing loads of others from alien cultures.

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      • Demon says:

        Dez. Do you have proof that all, or virtually all, the domestic violence abuses in Ireland are committed by Christians, or could it have come from people imported from the third world? Without supplying the breakdown your claim is meaningless.

        It would appear that you just being your usual bigoted self.

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      • chrisH says:

        Oh Dez…behind the curve as ever!
        Didn`t one of your annointed…Richard Dawkins no less…tell us all before Christmas that many who describe themselves as Christians(on census returns etc) just are not.
        It`s just a lazy label to seem virtuous, and means nothing…in fact Christians are in terminal decline by way of numbers( and here`s a video from Al Zarqawi to give us an indicator of why this may be so!).
        Therefore-no matter what these perps might say…if they say they`re Christian, they won`t be , unless they can recite the 119th Psalm in the Septuagint Version(that`s a long psalm Dez…a little joke for you there!).
        Until they attend a Dawkins Sunday School session-probably best not to say that they`re Christian eh Dez? I for one would not take the word of the police on this one Dez…Hillsborough, Blair Peach Dez?
        Or else Dawkins might be displeased with one of his little helpers like you.
        Try to keep up at the back of the class, Desmond!

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      • The Highland Rebel says:

        Why does the BBC call it ‘honour’ killings Dez, making it sound like a good and noble thing to do?
        Why don’t you call it by it’s real name – cold blooded premeditated murder against innocent defenceless victims.

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        • Corran Horn says:

          Sir if I could give you a medal for the shear truth in your post I would, but my sincerest thanks will have to suffice.

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      • deegee says:

        Domestic violence is not a synonym for ‘honour’ killings. One could argue that honour killings are a subset of domestic violence with several crucial differences.
        1) Few die from domestic violence. The aim of a killing is murder.
        2) Domestic violence cuts across cultural groups. Honour killings is almost exclusively a Muslim phenomena.
        3) Except for Muslims the perpetrator almost never claims a religious imperative for the act or a religious excuse for not being punished.

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        • wallygreeninker says:

          Since most of them involve the collusion of several people, the most accurate description of them would be ‘family executions’.

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  8. Paul C says:

    Can’t find any mention of this racism in football story on the bBC either – and this one involving a premier league team, so of direct interest to our supposedly national broadcaster.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2278219/Itay-Shechter-banned-Dubai-holds-Israeli-passport.html

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    • David Preiser (USA) says:

      The next time anyone on the BBC says one goddamn word about how wonderful the tolerant British were about preventing the racist US military from having segregated pubs in England during WWII, I will remind them of which country has since improved.

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      • RCE says:

        Heard the one about the UN motion to create a United Nations soccer team?

        One delegate asked “but who would they play against?”

        The others answered simultaneously: “why, Israel, of course.”

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    • Alison says:

      Not much “improvement” here.

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      • stewart says:

        Coming to a school near you soon

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      • David Preiser (USA) says:

        Um, no whites involved, Alison. Ergo no racist brush with which to tar the country.

        There’s been a growing problem with fundamentalist Mohammedans trying to force others to obey their religious rules. One popular example a while back was airport taxi drivers banning infidel passengers from bringing bottles of alcohol with them. Again nothing to do with white racism.

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        • Corran Horn says:

          That always makes me laugh David, “white racism” now we all know that as far as the bBC and their fellow travellers on the left are conserned that is the only kind of racism there is, but we in the real world know there is just “racism” no more, no less.

          For just as an addict can not recover until they admit to their problem, we as a society will never make any progress in solving the problem and it will never go away until they admit there is just “racism”.

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  9. John Anderson says:

    I saw a useful definition of anti-semitism the other day.

    Yes, it is quite wrong to describe any criticism of Israel – or eg its armed forces – as antisemitic.

    But when a person – or an organisation – OBSESSES about Israel, when it criticises Israel endlessly without proportionate criticism of other parties in the Middle East,, when it keeps making out that Israel is the root cause of trouble in the Middle east and indeed throughout the widerworld, when it suppresses good things about Israel and many bad things about its opponents who threaten its very existence – and when it is very ready to bluster that it is always being “fair” – that is a pretty sure sign of relentless anti-semitism. Of sheer bigotry against Israel and the Jews who live there…

    Seems to me that definition of anti-semitism fits the BBC to a T.

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    • David Preiser (USA) says:

      My favorite definition is still hating jews more than is strictly necessary.

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  10. ltwf1964 says:

    there are of course those who say that al beeb is too “pro-israel”

    but their idea of being “pro-Israel” is letting someone like Mark Regev on screen to actually speak

    and I use the words “letting” and “speak” extremely loosely,as speakers are usually constantly interrupted and talked over

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    • RCE says:

      That’s exactly what a lot of complaints about pro-Israel bias do consist of:

      ‘Inviting on an ‘Israeli’ ‘minister’ presumes that Israel should be recognised as a post-Westphalian nation state, which many dispute. By accepting the Israeli narrative the BBC is therefore showing clear bias in favour of Israel and against those who question its legitimacy.’

      Or some such. Medialens and, of course, the Guardian comments pages are windows into this diseased psychosis.

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