The BBC World Service’s recent two-part ‘Heart and Soul’ programme on the subject of Jews from Arab lands was, to many, a refreshing piece of reporting on the whole.
(See our posts here and here.)
Presenter Magdi Abdelhadi’s visit to Tunisia was also featured in the Magazine section of the BBC News website on October 24th, with the article reflecting much of the radio broadcast’s content.
Somebody, however, apparently could not resist adding to Mr Abdelhadi’s report a side panel of ‘facts’ titled “The Exodus”, where we are informed that:
“As reports of Zionist settlers driving Palestinians off [sic] their villages hit Arab capitals during the 1940s anti-Jewish sentiment hit new heights”
So, despite numerous examples, including the massacre of Jews in Baghdad in 1828, mass forced conversions in the Persian city of Meshed in 1839, the Damascus blood libel in 1840, the pogroms in Morocco in 1905, the 1929 Hebron massacre and the Farhud in 1941, the BBC once more returns to the simplistic narrative of contextualising prejudice and violence against Jews from Arab lands solely as a reaction to Israel and Zionism.
What a shame it is that Magdi Abdelhadi’s insightful report from Tunisia has been tainted by the reversion to agenda-inspired versions of history.
- BBC World Service programme on Jews from Arab lands – part 2 (bbcwatch.org)
- BBC World Service programme on Jews from Arab lands – part 1 (bbcwatch.org)
- Conspiracy theory about Jewish donors funding anti-Islam film is variation on ancient theme. (cifwatch.com)
- Jeremy Bowen retweeting Joseph Dana (bbcwatch.org)
- Defamation: Combating the assault on the Jewish state’s legitimacy at the Guardian (cifwatch.com)
- Upcoming BBC WS programme on Jews from Arab lands (bbcwatch.org)