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October 03, 2011

BBC Blames 'Settlers' for Arson Attack, in Northern Israel (Updated)

At some media outlets, you can count on Jewish settlers being blamed for any wrongdoing, whether or not they were they were involved. There was the time, for instance, that the New York Times falsely blamed a settler for the assassination of Prime Minister Rabin. Today, a BBC subheadline blames an arson attack in the Galilee, in northern Israel, not in the West Bank, on "settlers."

BBC News mosque arson settlers.jpg

Update: The BBC has amended it's prejudicial wording. The subheadline now reads: "A mosque in northern Israel is torched and sprayed with graffiti in a suspected attack by Jewish extremists, triggering protests."

Posted by TS at October 3, 2011 09:28 AM


The BBC essentially accepts the default Palestinian position that all Israel is under occupation and therefore every Israeli is by definition a settler. Gilo, a Jerusalem suburb of 40,000 people is a settlement. Any Israeli who misbehaves towards Arabs, according to BBC judgement, is either a settler or a settler supporter.

Posted by: David Guy at October 3, 2011 12:07 PM

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