Inaccuracies and omissions in BBC News reporting on Abbas White House visit

In contrast to other media reports on the Trump-Abbas meeting, this BBC article fails to inform readers of Mahmoud Abbas’ egregious claim that “we are raising our youth, our children, our grandchildren on a culture of peace”.

This is a cross post from BBC Watch.

When the Israeli prime minister visited the White House in February of this year no fewer than eight reports relating to that topic appeared on the BBC News website’s Middle East page.

When the Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas visited the White House on May 3rd, just one article appeared on the BBC News website under the headline “Trump tells Abbas ‘very good chance’ of Mid-East peace deal“.

That report includes the following:

“On Wednesday, the US president stressed there would be no lasting peace unless both nations found a way to stop incitement of violence.”

The official transcript however shows that – in contrast to the BBC’s claim – the American president’s remarks did not refer to “both nations”:

“But there cannot be lasting peace unless the Palestinian leaders speak in a unified voice against incitement to violate – and violence and hate.  There’s such hatred.  But hopefully there won’t be such hatred for very long.  All children of God must be taught to value and respect human life, and condemn all of those who target the innocent.”

That inaccurate reporting is of course particularly glaring in light of the fact that the BBC repeatedly downplays and/or ignores the issue of Palestinian incitement and glorification of terrorism.

Read the rest of this post here.

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