Listen To The Children

    Lyse Doucet is fronting a programme tonight, ‘Children of Syria’ (BBC 2  21:00)  about the children in Syria, suffering because of the war.  In her write up about the programme she of course also manages to slip in plenty about the children of Gaza…..though she neglects  to mention the children in Israel under constant Palestinian bombardment. She tells us that ‘Over the past six months, I and director-cameraman … Continue reading


I was wading through this BBC item called “Gaza crisis: Toll of operations in Gaza” and was struck by a number of things. There is the usual refusal of the BBC to call Hamas terrorists for what they are –  ”terrorists”. There is the sickening adoption of Hamas supplied figures to the UN for casualties, suggesting that all the 76% of those killed are women and children. Yet this is … Continue reading

Did Hamas Kill 15 Children At UN School?

  Whilst the BBC were quick to say Israel was to blame for the deaths at the UN school they’ re not so keen to say Israel isn’t to blame…merely ‘Israel rejects the blame’… Israel rejects Gaza school shelter attack blame The Israeli army has insisted that a mortar round it fired into a UN shelter in Gaza on Thursday in a clash with “militants” was not responsible for the … Continue reading

Nothing to see here

This was BBC World journalist Julia Macfarlane’s Twitter header before the current Israel/Gaza conflict (via Wayback): This it what it looks like now: Gun-toting pro-Palestinian flag-wavers But she’s not trying to make a statement, honest. Just a coincidence.

You Can Be Anti-Semitic…Just Be Clever About It!

    ‘It pains me to have to admit this but anti-Semitism isn’t just tolerated in some sections of the British Muslim community; it’s routine and commonplace. Any Muslims reading this article – if they are honest with themselves – will know instantly what I am referring to. It’s our dirty little secret. You could call it the banality of Muslim anti-Semitism.’   Mehdi Hasan         When … Continue reading

Not So Innocents Abroad

  Some astonishing quotes from the BBC’s Paul Adams…H/T Craig at Is the BBC biased? (You know what, I think it might be): Generations [of Gazans] has experienced nothing but occupation, embargo, blockade, war and death. It’s had a slow brutalising effect. Perhaps that’s why some of them are seized by such a furious desire to tunnel out and seek revenge. For Gaza is a giant prison, surrounding by a … Continue reading

The Truce Is Out There, Somewhere

    Curious decision by BBC News to choose a supposed Israeli rejection of a truce as its headline:   Gaza conflict: Israel rejects truce ‘as it stands’ Way way down the article is this single line…… Hamas official Mohamed Nazzal told al-Jazeera TV the ceasefire proposal was “not acceptable at all” in its current form.   So why did the BBC not have a headline saying Hamas rejected the … Continue reading


I had the misfortune to tune in to the BBC Radio 4 Saturday live programme, presented by Aasmah Mir and Richard Coles this morning. Here is a flavour of the discussion.. “Sir Professor Geoff Palmer came to Britain from Jamaica aged 14. Described as educationally sub-normal is he now an expert in cereals and Professor Emeritus of brewing at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. He was the first black Professor in Scotland … Continue reading

Not The BBC News

      We know that Hamas has stored weapons in UN schools, we know that Hamas have military command centres in hospitals, we know that Hamas missiles fall short back into Gaza, we know that Hamas intends to wipe out Israel. All essential context for any report into what is happening in Gaza. We know that a UN school was hit by a missile of some description.  We don’t … Continue reading

Hurrah For Hamas

  What the BBC chooses not to publish is just as telling about its stance on any subject as what it does choose to publish. The Daily Mail has decided that it will support Hamas by inventing history, the BBC has chosen the other path and airbrushes out of history inconvenient facts that detract from Hamas’ image….Jeremy Bowen misleading the readers of the New Statesman about Hamas’ human shield policy … Continue reading


A Biased BBC reader writes; “On 24 July 2014, the BBC website had a headline (together with a large picture) “Pro- Palestine Protest Halts Maccabi Haifa Match.” The picture shows a “Pro- Palestinian” delivering a martial- art style kick into the chest of an Israeli soccer player. Unlike other news sources which described what happened as an attack, the BBC called it a “protest”. Nowhere in the report is the word … Continue reading

A Free Press?

      WSJ Reporter in Gaza Wonders How Patients in Shifa Hospital Feel About Hamas Using it as Base Posting a photo to Twitter of a Hamas spokesman being interviewed on camera, Nick Casey, The Wall Street Journal‘s Middle East Correspondent, wondered how patients there might feel about Hamas using the hospital as a “de facto headquarters for Hamas leaders, who can be seen in the hallways and offices,” … Continue reading

The Blame Game

    ‘UNRWA also acknowledged on Thursday that Hamas fired into the Beit Hanoun area, where the agency’s school was hit, according to Israel’s Channel 2 News.’   But not according to the BBC who didn’t report UNRWA saying that….nor did they report this….  ‘The Israel Defense Forces has counted at least 100 rockets fired by Hamas as striking within Gaza.’ But of course we all know, thanks to the … Continue reading