Throughout the month of May 2020, fifteen written or filmed reports relating to Israel and/or the Palestinians appeared on the BBC News website’s ‘Middle East’ page, some of which were also published on other pages and two of which were carried over from the previous month.
(dates in brackets indicate the time period during which the item was available on the ‘Middle East’ page)
One item (which first appeared the previous month) quoted an Israeli official on a decision made by another country:
One report had a historical topic:
‘Cannabis burned during worship’ by ancient Israelites – study (29/5/20 to 4/6/20)
One item concerning Palestinian affairs (carried over from the previous month) related to the Coronavirus pandemic:
Palestinians working in Israel face coronavirus dilemma Yolande Knell (29/4/20 to 12/5/20) discussed here
Of four reports concerning diplomacy/international relations, three related to the as yet theoretical application of Israeli civil law to parts of Area C.
EU ‘to rally against Israel’s West Bank annexation proposal’ (15/5/20 to 20/5/20) discussed here
Palestinians ‘ending accords with Israel and US’ over annexation plan (20/5/20 to 24/5/20) discussed here
Du Wei: Chinese ambassador to Israel found dead at home (17/5/20 to 20/5/20)
Of eight items relating to internal Israeli internal affairs, three reports were about politics:
Israel’s new unity government delayed by dispute over cabinet posts (14/5/20 to 15/5/20) discussed here and here
Israel gets first Ethiopia-born minister, in Pnina Tamano-Shata (15/5/20 to 18/5/20) discussed here
Israel swears in unity government after long political crisis (17/5/20 to 20/5/20) discussed here and here
One item concerned cell phone tracking related to the Coronavirus pandemic:
Coronavirus: Israel turns surveillance tools on itself Tom Bateman (12/5/20 to 4/6/20) discussed here
One item concerned the reopening of a religious site after the Coronavirus lockdown:
Coronavirus: Famous mosques reopen in Saudi Arabia and Jerusalem” (31/5/20 to present) discussed here
Three items concerned legal/criminal issues:
Israeli convicted of West Bank arson attack that killed three Palestinians (18/5/20 to 21/5/20)
Netanyahu trial: Israeli prime minister faces Jerusalem court (24/5/20 to 27/5/20)
Malka Leifer: Rape-accused ex-principal fit for extradition to Australia (27/5/20 to 1/6/20)
In summary, over 50% of the items appearing on the website’s ‘Middle East’ page throughout May concerned internal Israeli affairs. Once again BBC audiences saw no meaningful coverage of internal Palestinian affairs beyond a politicised account of the Coronavirus pandemic in areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority. 20% of the reports published in May promoted pre-emptive framing of the as yet theoretical application of Israeli civil law to parts of Area C.