Michael Boyden

Don’t Trust the BBC

Hamas terrorists must be absolutely delighted with the BBC’s Director-General and Editor-in-Chief, Tim Davie, who chairs the corporation’s Executive Committee.

The BBC always claims to be neutral, and therefore refers to those barbarians, who murdered grandmothers, decapitated babies, raped women in front of their families and took over 200 people hostage as “militants”! Having no moral compass, they refuse to call them terrorists.

But then the BBC has always been notoriously anti-Israel, so no one should be that surprised at how they choose to report anything to do with our country.

Truly in line with its one-sided reporting, the BBC announced that: “Hundreds of people have been killed in an Israeli strike on a hospital in Gaza, according to Palestinian officials.”

One would hardly have thought that Hamas’ Health Ministry was a reliable source of information, but the BBC chose to be its propaganda ally rather than first ascertaining the facts.

One BBC reporter in Jerusalem, Jon Donnison, speculated to viewers: “It is hard to see what else this could be, really, given the size of the explosion other than an Israeli airstrike or several airstrikes.”

Now, several days later, after Israel’s image has been tarnished, the BBC is backtracking with its tail between its legs. They report that “a BBC journalist has been to the blast site, where there is limited access.” (I wonder why there is limited access? Don’t Hamas want them to know that they lied?)

What the BBC now says is that “Based on available evidence, it appears the explosion happened in a courtyard which is part of the hospital site. Images of the ground after the blast do not show significant damage to surrounding hospital buildings. What the images do show are scorch marks and burnt-out cars.”

Now that hardly fits in with Hamas claims that 500 people had been killed. There is also a great deal of evidence, as the IDF spokesman reported, that the damage was caused by a failed Palestinian rocket fired at Israeli civilians rather than by an attack by our forces.

The BBC has shown itself to be a collaborator with the Hamas propaganda machine and a source that cannot be trusted for reliable and accurate information.

Its lies and that of other irresponsible media resulted in the cancellation of a meeting planned between President Biden, King Abdullah II of Jordan, President El-Sisi of Egypt and President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority.

The BBC should be ashamed of itself. It should publish a banner headline apologizing to Israel for slandering the country, and its Director-General and Editor-in-Chief, Tim Davie, should resign.

About the Author
Made aliyah from the UK in 1985, am a former president of the Israel Council of Reform Rabbis and am currently rabbi of Kehilat Yonatan in Hod Hasharon, Israel.