BBC WEBSITE BIAS AGAINST ISRAEL
Last updated: 2003-06-02
The website implies that the failure to reach a peaceful settlement lies solely with Israel. There is a complete omission of the main stumbling blocks to peace; the continued terrorist attacks against Israeli citizens and the failure of most of the Arab world to recognise Israels right to exist. Whilst other countries are afforded a capital, Israels profile refers only to the Seat of government whilst references are made to Prime Minister Sharons wealth and housing purchases. Mr. Sharon is also accused of sparking off the second Intifada despite Palestinian officials admitting that the Initifada was meticulously planned in advance of Mr. Sharons visit. Yasser Arafats own profile details a courageous and popular individual with no mention of the terrorist atrocities carried out by his own Palestinian Liberation Organisation and his regular calls in Arabic for the annihilation of Israel.
Board Director General Neville Nagler commented: It is unclear why Israels profile should be presented in so tendentious and unbalanced a manner, whereas other country profiles are objective and balanced. There are many points which are highly inappropriate in the BBCs presentation. It is unacceptable for the BBC to display such bias, which falls foul of their own guidelines of impartiality.