Tuvia Book
Author, educator, Tour-Guide, artist

The BBC is at it again

Déjà vu!  Once again Israel was under attack from the Iranian backed Hamas terrorist entity in the Gaza Strip and once again the BBC’s bizarre coverage showed clear sign of bias.  Cause and effect were once again reversed.   This was the headline from the BBC after the IDF responded to unguided terror missiles aimed at its civilian population, “Israeli air strikes hit Gaza after rocket fire.” Any objective news organization would have written, “After Hamas terrorists unleash hundreds of unguided missiles at Israel’s civilian population, Israel legitimately responds with targeted air strikes against terrorists and terrorist infrastructure.”  But why let truth get in the way?

IDF Iron Dome missile battery. Photo (c) 2021, courtesy IDF.

The BBC’s policy of reporting terror attacks with a different lexicon if they occur inside or to 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.  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 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.  In London a few years ago the BBC reported, “London attack: Four dead in Westminster terror attack.”    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 (referred to as “militants”), 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.”

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 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 sanitized of the words “terror,” “terrorist” or indeed the word “murder?”

This leads to the serious question.  Is the BBC Antisemitic?  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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