BBC News ignores another Jerusalem terror attack

Around 7 p.m. on the evening of December 21st a shooting incident took place in Jerusalem’s Old City.

“A Palestinian teenager opened fire at police officers stationed near an entrance to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City on Monday evening, police said.

None of the officers were hit, and the cops returned fire, striking and killing the shooter after a brief chase, according to police. The assailant was identified by police as a 17-year-old from the Palestinian village of Qabatiya in the northern West Bank. […]

The suspect approached the group of officers at their guard post, took out a makeshift Carlo-style submachine gun and opened fire at them, before fleeing through the Old City, police said.

“The officers, along with border guards operating in the Old City, conducted an on-foot chase after the assailant, who fired at them and was neutralized by the Border Police officers,” police said.”

The security forces subsequently made an arrest:

“Israeli troops early Wednesday arrested a suspected accomplice of a Palestinian gunman who shot at police officers in Jerusalem’s Old City.

The arrest came as soldiers raided the home of Ahmad Abu al-Rabb in the northern West Bank village of Qabatiya. Al-Rabb, 17, was shot dead by police after he opened fire Monday at officers stationed near an entrance to the Temple Mount. […]

An Israel Defense Forces statement said troops also seized weaponry during the raid. No details were provided about the suspect who was arrested or his alleged involvement in the attempted attack.”

BBC audiences have seen no coverage whatsoever of that attack in over three days since it took place.

The last time visitors to the BBC News website saw any reporting on Palestinian terrorism was over three months ago when it reported (in just 30 words) rocket fire from the Gaza Strip on September 15th and 16th. Eight of the first eleven months of 2020 saw no BBC coverage of Palestinian terrorism at all and since the beginning of the year the BBC News website has reported 4.5% of the terror attacks against Israelis which actually took place and 50% of the resulting fatalities.

That of course means – as we have often noted in the past – that when Israel responds to Palestinian terrorism, BBC audiences lack the necessary context for proper understanding of events the corporation does chose to report.  

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2 replies on “BBC News ignores another Jerusalem terror attack”
  1. says: Michael Zeffertt

    Maybe we should be grateful they didn’t report this attack. One can just imagine exactly HOW they might have reported it.

  2. says: Neil C

    Perhaps the usual anti-Israel reporters are having to self isolate or like rats have jumped the sinking BBC ship, as usually they never miss an opportunity to reverse the truth in order to denigrate Israel

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