Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Promoting notion of equivalence between victim and terrorist at BBC News - by Hadar Sela

...One can only imagine the uproar there would have been in Britain had the BBC broadcast a similar item featuring the mother of any one of the 7/7 bombers. Here we have yet another example of the double standards on display in the BBC’s reporting of acts of terror against Israelis and those occurring in the rest of the world.

Hadar Sela..
BBC Watch..
10 May '16..

Last July, BBC programming in honour of the tenth anniversary of the 7/7 terror attacks in London included an interview with the mother of one of the victims murdered in the bus bombing in Tavistock Square and a dramatisation of the story of the mother of an additional victim murdered in one of the attacks on the underground rail system.

For obvious reasons, no-one at the BBC thought it would be appropriate to showcase the mothers of the terrorists in those programmes or to give them a parallel platform from which to ‘explain’ and excuse their sons’ actions.

BBC coverage of the victims of the terror attacks in Paris last November and in Brussels in March similarly did not include any attempt to promote the notion of equivalence between victim and terrorist.

In contrast, a filmed report – apparently also shown on BBC television and produced during the recent visit to Jerusalem by the BBC’s Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen – appeared on the BBC News website’s Middle East page on May 5th under the title “My son the bomber, my daughter the victim“.

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