Et online-opprop mot BBCs dekning av Gaza samlet 45.000 navn som mener at den palestinske siden ikke slipper til. Det var også en demonstrasjon utenfor det nye BBC-hovedhuset i London.
For fem år siden var det omvendt: da var det den pro-israelske siden som følte seg ignorert.
Jonathan Friedland i the Guardian mener at noe er endret: Mediene har denne gang med at rakettene kommer fra Gaza og at Israel svarer. Det er blitt tydeligere enn i 2008 at Hamas angriper.
Freedland told Today: “The BBC was under huge assault five years ago from pro-Israel people, much less I think from people who are anti-Israel.
“This time there’s a difference because people feel the BBC this time is acknowledging the fact that even though the death toll is very lopsided in the current conflict, no one can deny that, there is understanding that despite that there is a mutual exchange of fire. Hamas is firing rockets, Israel is doing air strikes, and that has been absorbed into the coverage in a way I think perhaps was missing last time.”
Den propalestinske siden er blitt mer fundamentalistisk: den krever at BBC skal sette konflikten inn i den rette sammenheng, og den er ifølge dem at palestinerne er den svake, okkuperte part og Israel undertrykkeren. Men som Friedland sier: Dette vil ikke israelerne være enig i. Det er dessuten umulig i et kort innslag å ha med historikken. Hvordan skulle det skje, uten at det ble propaganda?
He said the criticism of the BBC was “made in exactly the same detail on the other side of the argument. Jewish Chronicle readers will denounce the BBC for failing to give the history that explains the Jewish people’s historic need to have a homeland of their own.”
Men den propalestinske siden har åpenbart ikke slike kvaler. Den mener at pressen skal ta stilling for offeret. Det mener også NRK og Sidsel Wold.
Man må konstatere at avstanden er stor. Det er rett og slett ikke mulig å forene partene. Deres syn er ikke innenfor samme virkelighet.
The online open letter to BBC director general Tony Hall, organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, claimed the corporation’s news programmes were “entirely devoid of context or background” in their coverage of the latest Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The petition, signed by Noam Chomsky, John Pilger, Ken Loach, Brian Eno and Jeremy Hardy, accused the corporation of pro-Israeli bias and said it would “like to remind the BBC that Gaza is under Israeli occupation and siege [and] that Israel is bombing a refugee population”.
The protest rally – with estimates of numbers taking part ranging from several hundred to several thousand – took place outside the BBC’s New Broadcasting House in central London on Tuesday afternoon, with people chanting “BBC – shame on you!”. The rally following another demonstration outside BBC North in Salford on Saturday.
Glasgow University professor Greg Philo, co-author of Bad News from Israel and research director of the university’s media unit, claimed he had been told by senior BBC journalists that they were unable to get the Palestinian viewpoint across.