Tuvia Book
Author, educator, Tour-Guide, artist

BBC Bias and the missing ‘T’ word.

Yesterday four innocent Israelis were brutally murdered by a terrorist in Be’er Sheva. Yet reading the article tucked away in the “Middle East” section of the BBC website, one would find it difficult to realize that this is what actually happened.

The headline states,“Israel: Four killed in shopping centre attack.” This is in contrast to the terror attack a few years ago in London which the BBC reported as, “London attack: Four dead in Westminster terror attack.” In London (outside of Israel) when a terrorist, inspired by the incitement of militant Islam, murders innocents, it’s a “terror attack.” In Israel, where innocents are murdered by a terrorist, inspired by the incitement of militant Islam the word “terror” is nowhere to be seen in the headline, or indeed the entire article. There was just “an attack” not a “terror attack.” Even more bizarre, the terrorist perpetrator was the only one mentioned by name in the article, not the victims, Doris Yahbas, 49, a mother of three, Laura Yitzhak, 43, another mother of three, Rabbi Moshe Kravitzky, a father of four, and Menahem Yehezkel, 67.

Screen shot of BBC headline from, March 23,2022

The BBC article continues, “Tuesday’s incident began when Alqian stabbed a woman at a petrol station, then drove to a shopping centre where he rammed into a cyclist. He then went to a second shopping centre across the street, where he stabbed more people.” I wonder why? Why isn’t he described as the, “alleged terrorist” or the, “alleged murderer?” The Times of Israel in an article titled, “Israel’s Deadliest Terror attack in years” states, “Four Israelis were killed, and two others wounded Tuesday in a ramming and stabbing attack at an outdoor shopping mall in Beersheba officials said, in Israel’s deadliest terror attack in years.” In the same article the murderer is referred to as, “the terrorist.”

Why doesn’t the BBC call a terrorist a terrorist if the attack occurs within Israel but only if the attack occurs outside Israel? Why doesn’t the BBC realize that all terror, wherever it happens, from London, to New York, to Sydney, to Cairo, to Be’er Sheva stems from the same source, incitement by fanatical militant Islam to go out and murder “non believers” in order to establish a pan-Muslim caliphate? Why does the BBC have double standards in the language it uses to describe terror attacks inside Israel? Why are the reports sanitized of the words “terror,” “terrorist” or indeed the word “murder?”

Spoof “article” on BBC Israel reporting by Honest Reporting (2022)

The BBC’s policy of reporting terror attacks with a different lexicon if they occur inside Israel is a prime example of the double standard utilized by vast swaths of the main-stream media towards Israel and may even contribute somehow to the pseudo-legitimization of these terror attacks themselves.

Once again innocent Israelis were murdered by a radical Islamic terrorist and once again the BBC’s bizarre coverage showed clear signs of bias. This leads to the serious question: Is the BBC Antisemitic ,or have an anti-Israel Agenda? What other explanation could there be for this bizarre and fact-distorting “reporting” from a premier news organization?

About the Author
Dr. Tuvia Book was born in London and raised in both the UK and South Africa. After making Aliya at the age of 17 and studying in Yeshiva he volunteered for the IDF, where he served in an elite combat unit. Upon his discharge he completed his BA at Bar-Ilan University, as well as certification in graphic design. He then served as the Information Officer at the Israeli Consulate of Philadelphia, while earning a graduate degree in Jewish Studies. Upon his return to Israel, Dr. Book graduated from a course of study with the Israeli Ministry of Tourism, and is a licensed tour guide. Tuvia has been working in the field of Jewish Education, both formal and informal, for many years. He has guided and taught Jewish students and educators from around the English-speaking world for some of Israel’s premier educational institutions and programs. Tuvia has been guiding groups for Birthright Israel since its inception and, in addition, has lectured throughout North America, Australia, Europe and South Africa. Tuvia served as a Shaliach (emissary) for the Jewish Agency for Israel as the Director of Israel and Zionist Education at the Board of Jewish Education of Greater New York (Jewish Education Project). He was a lecturer/educational guide at the Alexander Muss Institute for Israel Education (AMIIE) in Israel for a decade. Tuvia has lectured at both Bar Ilan University and Hebrew University. He was a Senior Editor and Teaching Fellow at the Tikvah Fund. He is a research associate at the Hudson Institute. Tuvia is the author and illustrator the internationally acclaimed Israel education curriculum; "For the Sake of Zion; A Curriculum of Israel Studies" (Fifth edition, Koren 2017), and "Moral Dilemmas of the Modern Israeli Soldier" (Rama, 2011) and has a doctorate in Israel Education. His latest book, "Jewish Journeys, The Second Temple Period to the Bar Kokhba Revolt – 536 BCE-136 CE," was published by Koren this year. To order:
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