02 March '16..
Back in October 2015 the BBC News website produced a much amended and problematic backgrounder titled “Is Palestinian-Israeli violence being driven by social media?”. As was noted here at the time, readers were not provided with substantial answers to the question asked in the headline and the issue of the spread of incitement and glorification of terrorism on social media accounts run by official Palestinian Authority bodies and Fatah was not addressed at all.backgrounder
That article included the following statements:
“Israel says the Palestinian leadership is inciting attacks, and that the attackers are driven not by political frustration but by a radical religious ideology which opposes Israel’s very existence.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has blamed “acts of aggression” by the Israeli authorities and Jewish settlers for the latest violence.”
Subsequent reporting has not produced any further examination of the issue of religious ideology as a component in motivation for terrorism and in the months since that article was published the BBC has adopted a standard ‘explanation’ for the ongoing wave of violence which confines itself to political factors:
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