Monday, 19 October 2015

Former BBC Chairman condemns BBC coverage on violence in Israel per Conservative Friends of Israel

Lord Grade, the former Chairman of the BBC, has written to the BBC to complain about the BBC's biased reporting of the latest events in Israel. 

'Former Chairman of the BBC, Lord Grade of Yarmouth CBE, has expressed concern about the BBC's coverage of the recent violence in Israel and the West Bank, in a letter to the organisations' Director of News and Current Affairs, James Harding.

In his complaint, Lord Grade said that the BBC coverage was at times misleading and failed to provide a wider context of what is an "undoubtedly complex issue".

Lord Grade criticised the BBC's inability "to fulfil its obligation to viewers" by not showing viewers examples of Palestinian Authority officials praising the attacks and calling for more. The former BBC Chairman underlined that Palestinian incitement, "has played an undeniable part in stoking tension recently and is an important part of the story".

The complaint was directed at a report by Orla Guerin on Sunday October 11th, about the recent wave of attacks across Israel.

Lord Grade criticised the report's apparent promotion of "equivalence between Israeli victims of terrorism and Palestinians who have been killed by Israeli security forces in the act of carrying out terror attacks".

He highlighted that: "An emotional interview is conducted with the father of a dead Palestinian youth who had been killed committing a fatal terror attack. However, the report failed to show the emotional distress caused to Israelis by any of these recent attacks. This is inexcusable".Islamic 
Lord Grade continued: "Additionally, it was improper of the correspondent to claim that "there's no sign of involvement by militant groups", before immediately showing footage of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) banners at the home of a 19 year-old terrorist who carried out a deadly knife attack at Lions Gate in Jerusalem on 3rd October. PIJ is a well-known Palestinian terror organisation and it has since claimed responsibility for the attack and praised by Hamas, another internationally proscribed terror organisation. This directly misleads viewers".'

If only there was an independent report into the BBC's reporting of the Israeli / Palestinian conflict that the BBC could use to show that they weren't and aren't biased against Israel. Maybe the BBC could reassure Lord Grade and others by releasing the Balen Report, that must have given the BBC a clean bill of health...

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