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June 23, 2005

The BBC's Elephant in the Underwear


In a June 21 article about would-be bomber Wafa al-Bis, the BBC presents her plea of innocence—that the explosives (10 kg.) were placed on Bis without her knowledge. The article states:

Ms Bis said on Israeli TV she wanted to be a suicide bomber but then later told foreign journalists the explosives were planted on her without her knowledge.

The article later repeats Bis' claim of ignorance:

In a separate interview with foreign correspondents, she said the explosives had been planted on her without her knowledge while she was being treated at a Gaza Hospital.

The BBC neglects to mention the size and location of the bomb. As reported in Ha'aretz:

The woman, 21, was stopped at the Erez border crossing in the north of the Gaza Strip with close to 10 kilograms of explosives in her underwear.

The woman's claim is not credible, but the BBC does not provide the basic facts needed to judge the claim.

(Hat tip: Michael Segal)

Posted by TS at June 23, 2005 08:16 AM


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