Sunday 26 July 2015

Cart and Horse

Following Adam Wishart’s misrepresentation of the volatile Al-Aqsa Mosque situation, the BBC has  done it again. 

As BBC Watch points out, they’ve reported the recent violence by muddling up ‘cause and effect’. 
You can read what actually happened on the Times of Israel online.

Palestinian rioters attack police on Temple Mount  “Dozens of masked Palestinian protesters hurled rocks, Molotov cocktails and firecrackers at police officers on the Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem’s Old City Sunday morning, before being pushed back into the Al-Aqsa Mosque by security forces who were rushed to the area.”

The BBC in its wisdom puts it like this: 
Al-Aqsa mosque: Israeli police enter Jerusalem holy site  “Palestinian youths have clashed with Israeli police who entered the al-Aqsa mosque complex in East Jerusalem.
The Palestinians are said to have barricaded themselves inside the mosque and thrown stones at police, who moved in to stop them.”


  1. Indeed.

    And it might be added that another of the same BBC article's early paragraphs states, "The mosque, one of Islam's holiest sites, is in the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif site also revered by Jews"...

    ...which might more accurately be stated as, "The site, the holiest for Jews, is in the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif also revered by Muslims".

  2. BBC editorial policy: "It all started when Israel hit back". So many examples of this.

    Also in the Style Guide: "The importance of the site to Muslims must be highlighted. Do not emphasize or give weight to the importance of the Temple Mount to Jews, as this will draw complaints of pro-Israel bias.


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