A few days ago Israel, once again, went through a traumatic terror attack in which Border Police Staff Sgt. Hadas Malka, 23, was stabbed to death and four more people injured in a terror attack after three Palestinian terrorists using an automatic weapon and knives ran amok at Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate before being killed themselves by Israeli Border Police. Once again, reading the article on the BBC website, one would find it difficult to realise that this is what actually happened. The original headline stated, “Three Palestinians killed after deadly stabbing in Jerusalem.” The word “terror” did not even appear once in the entire article and even more bizarrely the terrorist perpetrators were the only ones mentioned in the headline, not the victim. The headline was only changed to the more accurate “Israeli policewoman stabbed to death in Jerusalem”-still without the word “terror” in the entire article (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-40308834), after a howl of protest and indignation throughout both Israel and the Jewish and non-Jewish world including from such prominent figures as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Donald Trump Junior.
This is in direct contrast to the BBCs reporting on terror attacks in London. These attacks are consistently referred to as “terror attacks” by the BBC (http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-40263142). In London a few weeks ago the BBC reported, “London attack: Four dead in Westminster terror attack” (http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-39359158). In London (or anywhere else outside of Israel) when a terrorist, inspired by the incitement of militant Islam, murders innocents, it’s a “terror attack.” In Israel, when terrorists, inspired by the incitement of militant Islam, murder innocents the word “terror” is nowhere to be seen in the headline, or indeed the entire article. There is just a “Jerusalem Stabbing” not a “terror attack.”
Spoof of the BBC. (C) 2017, “Honest Reporting.”
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 realise that all terror, wherever it happens, from London, to New York, to Sydney, to Cairo, to Jerusalem stems from the same source, incitement by fanatical militant Islam to go out murder “non believers” in order to establish a pan-Muslim caliphate? Why does the BBC have double standards in the language and sentiments it uses to describe terror attacks inside Israel? Why are the reports sanitised of the words “terror,” “terrorist” or indeed the word “murder?”
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 utilised by vast swaths of the international media towards Israel and may even contribute somehow to the pseudo-legitimisation of these terror attacks themselves. Despite the BBC’s “regret” over the initial headline this is only the latest part of Orwellian pattern where the victim seems to be blamed for the terror attack if the victim happens to be Jewish/Israeli. This leads to the serious question. Is the BBC Anti-Semitic? What other explanation could there be for this bizarre and fact-distorting “reporting” from a premier news organisation?