Monday, 12 May 2014

Reporting Bethlehem and the BBC

The BBC love a good Bethlehem story, anything involving Israel and restrictions on the travel of Palestinians from Bethlehem rates a headline. Around Christmas the BBC wouldn't be the same without a story about the Christians in Bethlehem suffering some imaginary deprivation at the hands of the Israelis. However when it's Palestinian Muslims attacking a Christian church the BBC is oddly silent.

A Bethlehem Greek Orthodox Church (St. George’s Church – Khadar – near Beit Jala) was attacked by Muslims during its annual St. George’s Day services on May 6. … Some local Muslims either tried to park a car too close the church and/or tried to enter the church during a service honoring St. George – the initial instigation isn’t clear. But when the intruders were asked to leave, one of them stabbed a Christian man who was outside the church serving as a guard. He was hospitalized. Several then started throwing stones at the church. 7 or 8 Christians were injured and some physical damage was done – broken windows etc. The police didn’t show up for an hour.
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