BBC re-promotion of a one-sided programme from July

On September 25th the BBC World Service radio Twitter account posted a link to an audio report:

The promoted link leads to an edition of the BBC World Service radio programme ‘Witness History’ which was already aired over two months ago on July 13th. Why it was decided to re-promote the programme at this juncture is unclear.

That programme was discussed on these pages at the time:


The following day a filmed version of that radio programme appeared on the BBC News website’s ‘Middle East’ page under the headline “The fight for women’s prayer rights in Israel”.

That edited version of the interview with Anat Hoffman yet again promotes an entirely one sided view of the issue while erasing events that took place before June 1967, including the 19-year Jordanian occupation of parts of Jerusalem that the BBC elects to define as “East”.

“When Israel occupied East Jerusalem in the 1967 War, Orthodox rabbis were given the power to manage the wall.”

It once again fails to inform audiences of the existence of the mixed-gender prayer area at the Western Wall and that the “fight” described in its title focuses on one specific part of the site.

As with the re-promotion of the audio item, it is unclear why the BBC elected to amplify this topic on multiple platforms at this time.  


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  1. says: Michael Zeffertt

    There are few things the BBC are any good at these days. However one of them is repetition. One loses count of the number of programmes that are repeated for which we should be humbly grateful to be able to view for our £175 licence fee. So lies and misleading statements made in original broadcasts are also repeated with enthusiasm despite any errors and complaints that may have been upheld at the time of the original broadcast.

    These people are not only biased but they are conceited and overwhelmed by their own sense of importance. Under current direction this will only continue until someone puts a stop to it. Maybe it is not too much to hope that such a time is drawing closer.

  2. says: Neil C

    I like thousands of others hope the day soon comes when these BBC racists are put back in the sewer they belong in. Their bias and hatred displayed towards the one and only Jewish state and Jews worldwide merely displays their own antisemitism, engineered to support their own support of Islamic fundamentalism.

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