BBC er, som de fleste andre europeiske statsfinansierte medier, lite begeistret for Israel. Dette slår av og til over i ren manipulasjon av nyheter, og feilene blir som regel ikke rettet opp. Men nå nylig var BBC nødt til å bite i gresset og sende ut en beklagelse etter to reportasjer som klart var langt over streken:
In a news item on March 7, following the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva attack, the BBC showed a bulldozer demolishing a house, while correspondent Nick Miles told viewers: «Hours after the attack, Israeli bulldozers destroyed his family home. Later, mourners set up Hamas and Islamic Jihad banners nearby.»
The house, however, was not demolished; the BBC was embarrassed when news reports from other broadcasters showed the east Jerusalem home intact and the family commemorating their son’s actions.
In a second incident, in a news item entitled «Israel jets strike northern Gaza» on March 14 on their News Web site, the BBC reported that Israel was deliberately targeting civilians in an operation targeting Kassam rocket launch sites in Gaza, and claiming that the United Nations secretary-general had described it as an attack on civilians.
«The Israeli air force said it was targeting a rocket firing team… UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned Israel’s attacks on Palestinian civilians, calling them inappropriate and disproportionate,» the report said.
In a letter to the BBC, Manchester Jewish community member Jonathan Hantman wrote,
«It is one-sided for the report to describe Israel’s operations as ‘attacks on civilians’ while not describing the Palestinian rocket attacks, to which Israel was responding, as ‘attacks on civilians’ or ‘acts of terrorism.'»
Hantman also pointed out that Ban’s attributed comments were made weeks earlier to the UN Security Council and not in reference to that particular attack. He added that it was also wrong to mention the UN secretary-general’s condemnation of Israel without mentioning his condemnation of Palestinian rocket attacks in the same statement.
«Ban’s statement, made some two weeks ago, did not refer to yesterday’s attack and did not describe Israel’s operations on Gaza as ‘attacks on civilians,'» Hantman noted. «He did, however, describe Palestinian rocket attacks as ‘acts of terrorism.»