Friday, 20 November 2015
How Israel scare the BBC to change headlines
Before (left) and after:
a BBC headline was changed to obscure the fact Israeli killed a Palestinian in cold blood.
While other major television channels broadcast appeals to raise money for the
Palestinians after another massacre from Israel, the BCC are not aloud to show anything that is pro-Palestinian. You see on TV famous people asking for us to give money to children who are involved in conflict all across the world on the BBC, but never Palestine.
The late Labour MP, Tony Benn, in 2005 accused the BBC ON AIR of capitulating to the Israeli Government by refusing to air an appeal for the Gazan people by the Disaster Emergency Committee. Despite the presenter trying her best to stop him he then broadcasts the address himself, because as he says 'If you wont broadcast the Gaza appeal, then I will!! He also said in the footage 'People will die because of the BBC decision! Let me be clear about that! That's the truth!'
This footage was In 2005. In November that year, BBC head Mark Thompson traveled with his wife to Israel. He held talks with Ariel Sharon, which were intended to let the BBC 'build bridges with Israel' Thompson's wife, Jane Blumberg just happens to be a Zionist!!
Two week ago I put an article on my blog about how a BBC
(John Darvell) put a heartfelt message on his own blog, about not to trust anything you read or watch in the media. This message was directed at the BBC and the British media Industry. Now it has come to light that the BBC, are and have been in the past forced by the Israel Government Press Officer (GPO), to change their headlines to suit the Israeli's.
I'm now beginning to question if the director of the BBC (Danny Cohan) that signed the Guardian's pro-Israel letter, along with JK Rowling and the BBC presenter, Melvin Bragg, because Mr Cohan believed that it was the right thing to do or
did he have no choice on the subject and was kinda of forced to sign it, whether he wanted to or not. What would of happened if he did not sign the pro-Israel letter and spoke up for the Palestinians instead? I guess we will never know. However, if you read the article below at how Israel scare the BBC into changing their titles, I think it might give us an idea how Israel would of responded.
Watch how an Israeli soldier shots a child playing football. You don't see the child get shot but what you do see is one of the sick soldiers showing his mates how the kid reacted when shot, by holding his leg and jumping around. I can't imagine the pain that young child was going through.
This footage shows a 5 year old, that's a 5 year old, being arrested by Israel souldiers for allegedly throwing a rock. Even though the arrest of anyone that age is a violation of Israeli law. After the arrest, the child was threatned and the child's father was handcuffed and blindfolded. This footage at the time, caused outrage around the world, but like 100's of other incidents involving brutal arrest of young children by the Israel military, nothing ever gets done about it. Etyan Buchman, a spokesman for the Israeli military, responded to the outrage declaring that this is conduct that was considered by all military personnel involved.
How Israel pressures BBC into changing headlines
In the early hours of 12 November, approximately two dozen Israeli gunmen, one disguised as a pregnant Palestinian woman, others wearing fake beards,
invaded a hospital in Hebron
and gunned down a 28-year-old man.
In a rare burst of reporting on an Israeli atrocity, the BBC ran an article on its website headlined: “Israelis shoot dead Palestinian in Hebron hospital raid.”
It was a straightforward headline which summed up the story. But later in the day, a different headline appeared above the report, reading: “
Israelis in disguise raid Hebron hospital, seizing suspect
As is standard practice for the BBC, the amendment was not noted at the bottom of the page, so newcomers to the story would not have known the headline had been altered.
It was spotted, however, by the watchdog
, which posted a screengrab of the two headlines
on its Facebook page
, asking: “What happened? Pro-Israeli flak? Bending to pro-Israeli pressure?”
These questions are even more pertinent in the light of a documented exchange which took place between the BBC, the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO) and the Israeli embassy in London at the beginning of October about another of the broadcaster’s headlines.
The Times of Israel
then on Israeli fury sparked by the 4 October
BBC Online headline
“Palestinian shot dead after Jerusalem attack kills two.”
The headline is factually correct, but offense was caused to Israel’s PR machine because the killing of 19-year-old Muhannad Halabi took precedence in the headline over the slaying of two Israelis.
The Times of Israel
wrote: “The [Israeli] Government Press Office on Sunday warned the BBC it could face sanctions for running a news headline highlighting the death of the Palestinian terrorist shot by the police Saturday after fatally stabbing two Israelis, rather than the attack itself.”
The website added that a “harshly worded letter was sent to Richard Palmer, the head of the BBC Bureau in Israel, by the head of the GPO,” and that “the Israeli Embassy in London asked the network to change the headline.”
Whatever the GPO’s harsh words were, they appear to have been enough to scare the BBC into changing the headline, which went through
– documented by the Zionist lobby group BBC Watch – before it met with the satisfaction of the Israeli embassy and the Israeli GPO.
The Israeli-approved headline ran: “Jerusalem: Palestinian kills two Israelis in Old City.”
(This headline has since been changed again, apparently unnoticed by either the Israeli embassy or the GPO, to “
Israelis killed in Jerusalem, Palestinians banned from Old City
In its report of 4 October,
The Times of Israel
noted: “According to a GPO official, Israel expects an official apology from the network, and said the office was considering annulling the press cards of BBC journalists, a decision that if implemented would not allow the network to continue operating in Israel.”
This is not an idle threat, and BBC staff know it.
“A very evil light”
In 2003, the Israeli government
severed ties with the corporation
, accusing it of the “worst of Nazi propaganda” after it broadcast the documentary
Israel’s Secret Weapon
which shed light on the country’s nuclear and chemical arsenal.
Danny Seaman, then head of the Israeli GPO, said it was “because of what we feel to be a bias and an anti-Israel line … that portray Israel in a very evil light.” Seaman said government officials would no longer help BBC journalists get expedited press accreditation.
When Orla Guerin, then a BBC Middle East correspondent, questioned Israel’s repressive attitude towards the corporation, she too found herself in the Israeli government’s line of fire.
In an interview with the
London Evening Standard
, “How can you still be a democracy and try to harass the press? This is not how a democracy behaves.”
Guerin was later
pulled from the Middle East
, the decision being announced just days after the BBC’s director general at the time, Mark Thompson, returned from a visit to Israel in 2005 where he met with then Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
Journalist Keith Dovkants,
writing in the
London Evening Standard
, noted that “on [Thompson’s] return to London the corporation instituted the Middle East reporting regime that exists today and which, many believe, influenced the decision to refuse to show the charity aid appeal for Gaza.”
This is a reference to the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal of January 2009, which was aired by major television channels to raise money for Gaza as another Israeli massacre there came to an end. But the BBC, in an unprecedented move,
refused to show it
, a journalist who worked at the BBC for four years, told me: “They take Israeli calls very seriously, and critical stories about Israel get shot down through official pressure and the fear of official pressure. These are very powerful lobbyists — people know their careers can be broken.”
Swedish academic and media expert
told Dovkants: “I have investigated this and I am convinced [BBC] policy is dictated from the top because of the enormous sensitivity … The message is: don’t antagonize the Israelis.”
And so the questions asked by Media Lens when the BBC amends a headline to soften public perception of an Israeli crime — “What happened? Pro-Israeli flack? Bending to pro-Israeli pressure?” – answer themselves.
It is a sad state of affairs for a news organization which prides itself as a leader in global journalism. BBC journalists and editors, it would seem, sit at their desks in London and cower in fear at the thought of an angry phone call from the Israeli embassy.
They let us all down, but, most of all, they let down the Palestinian people, whose cry for freedom goes unheard at BBC Broadcasting House, drowned out by the undemocratic machinations of the Israeli PR machine.
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I would of played Roger waters song 'A song for Palestine' but I played it before on my blog. So with the footage shown in the article above, of Israeli soldiers taking pot shots and killing children while playing football or going to school, then it's sad to say, but this powerful song also by Waters 'To Kill the child' is mostly directed at Israel that our government supports.
That same government is now going to bomb Syria and kill more children caught up in conflict. Don't we ever learn from are mistakes in past wars?
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