Tuesday, December 5, 2017

BBC continues to promote a political narrative on Jerusalem - by Hadar Sela

...Throughout the past year the BBC has repeatedly provided amplification for unchallenged PLO messaging to the effect that the opening of a US embassy in Jerusalem would bring an end to the chances of a solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and spark regional violence. If the US administration does make a statement concerning Jerusalem later this week, BBC audiences will be badly placed to understand the background to that story due to having been consistently deprived of relevant context – as we once again see in this report.

Hadar Sela..
BBC Watch..
04 December '17..

An article published on the BBC News website on December 4th devoted over 40% of its word count to amplification of condemnation of a statement that has not yet been made.

Promoted on the website’s main home page as well as its ‘World’ and ‘Middle East’ pages under the title “Jordan warns US over Jerusalem issue”, the article itself ran with the headline “Jordan urges US not to recognise Jerusalem as Israel capital“.

Readers were informed that:

“Jordan’s foreign minister has warned the US of “dangerous consequences” if it recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Ayman Safadi said he had told US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson such a declaration would trigger great anger in the Arab and Muslim world. […]

In a tweet, Mr Safadi said: “Spoke with #US Secretary of State Tillerson on dangerous consequences of recognising Jerusalem as capital of Israel. Such a decision would trigger anger across #Arab #Muslim worlds, fuel tension & jeopardise peace efforts.” […]

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is trying to rally international support to persuade Mr Trump not to make the announcement.

His office said he made phone calls on Sunday to world leaders including French President Emmanuel Macron and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

He wanted to “explain the dangers of any decision to move the [US] embassy to Jerusalem or recognise (Jerusalem) as Israel’s capital”, Mr Abbas’s adviser Majdi al-Khalidi told the AFP news agency.

Palestinian leaders have previously warned the move would threaten a two-state solution.”

So what is the background to that furious rhetoric?

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