Yet another example of appalling – but sadly not astonishing – BBC reporting
The East Jerusalem district of Sheikh Jarrah has become notorious as the latest Israeli land-grab, as three hundred Palestinians try to resist being forced out of their homes in favour of Israeli settlers – and the Israeli government’s use of force against protesters has rightly provoked outrage in the international community. The community has already suffered forced ejections in 2002, 2008 and 2017.
But those reading the BBC’s coverage of the latest developments would struggle to discern that – as the latest BBC News whitewash encapsulates that corporation’s reporting of the plight of Palestinians.
In the latest development, an Israeli court has said that Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah can stay in their homes – but only if they pay rent to their occupiers. The move adds insult to the already deep injury – but the BBC’s headline reports only that Palestinians have ‘rejected an offer’ to resolve the ‘dispute’:
The BBC’s reporting of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians has frequently been atrocious, with one-sided violence and even massacres reported as ‘clashes’ – an approach repeated in this latest article’s description of ‘violence between’ Israelis and Palestinians.
And now, at least to the many who won’t read beyond the headline, the determination of Palestinians to stay in their homes without being forced to pay rent to those who want to kick them out is reported as Palestinian intransigence in rejecting an ‘offer’.
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