The BBC Meets Its Match

(Jerusalem Post) - Manfred Gerstenfeld British lawyer Trevor Asserson's website,, contains three well-documented reports systematically demonstrating the BBC's anti-Israel bias. One typical example was when suicide bombers killed 26 Israeli civilians in Jerusalem and Haifa in December 2001. The BBC only used the word "terror" when describing Israel's retaliatory attacks on Palestinian targets. Asserson has also illustrated how the BBC goes to considerable lengths to "explain, excuse and lessen civilian deaths [in Iraq] at the hands of coalition troops while mitigating arguments are brushed aside or scorned if voiced at all where Israelis are concerned." President Bush's speech of June 24, 2002, was entitled on the White House website, "President Bush calls for new Palestinian leadership." Nineteen of the 28 paragraphs addressed Palestinian leadership and institutional reform; Israeli policy was criticized in two or three paragraphs. Yet the BBC was the only news body which presented the speech as criticizing Israelis and Palestinians equally.

2003-11-24 00:00:00

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