An Israeli soldier is killed by a Palestinian and the story had all but vanished from the BBC website…relegated to the ‘most popular’ but now seems to have been resurrected on the Middle East page.
Interesting to see what they miss out in the report, the very short report….not much interest in a murdered Israeli soldier from the BBC?
A suspect – who Shin Bet said worked with the soldier – has been arrested.
The statement said he had confessed to killing Sgt Hazan in the hope that he could trade the body in exchange for the release of his imprisoned brother.
This information might have been helpful…all the way from the ‘China Daily’:
During the investigation in the Shin Bet, Amar said that the motive for murdering the soldier was to trade his body for the release of his brother, Nur Al Din Amar, a Tanzim Fatah operative imprisoned since 2003 for his involvement in several murderous attacks against Israeli citizens.
The BBC’s report may be interpreted as seeking to elicit some sympathy for the Palestinian murderer…is there any doubt that he was driven to this desperate act when his brother, undoubtedly we might suppose, had been wrongly arrested and imprisoned by ‘occupying forces’ of the oppressive IDF?
You might want to compare the brevity of that report with the extensive coverage given to some diplomats who were ‘abused’ by Israeli soldiers as the diplomats decided to take part in a Palestinian protest…surely overstepping their authority and role.
A similar coyness and brevity is seen in the BBC’s reporting of the shooting in Kenya.
There seems to be a marked reluctance to mention the ’cause’ being ‘fought’ for by these gunmen.
The BBC refers to al Shabab but refrains from mentioning Islam or Muslims until half way down the page.
Similarly this report from Pakistan:
It tells of attacks on Shias but not why they are attacked…because they are not considered ‘Muslim’ by Sunnis.
And curiously for a general report on extremism in Pakistan it makes no mention of Christians, Ahmadis, Hindus or Sikhs or any other group so targeted…this is the nearest the BBC gets to acknowledging their plight in this report:
Pakistan’s Shia minority, like the rest of the population, will not be protected.
An odd omission when this investigation comes on the same day of this report of an attack on a Christian Church:
There is absolutely no reason, or excuse, why references to such attacks aren’t made in the general report about extremist attacks if a much clearer, rounded view of things in Pakistan is to be appreciated.
There should certainly be a brief ‘nod’ acknowledging these events when reporting similar ones for other communities…after all for over a year the BBC managed to append just about every report from the Middle East with the death toll from the Israeli 2009 Cast Lead operation in Gaza.