Previously we saw that the BBC is well aware of the fact that under the terms of the Oslo II agreement signed by Israel and the PLO in 1995, it is the Palestinian Authority which is responsible for vaccination programmes for Palestinians:
“…under the Oslo Accords it is…they say that the health is actually under the Palestinian Authority; they would be in charge of things like distributing vaccines.”
“…we will repeat that the Palestinian Authority are in charge of…ehm…the healthcare system and that’s under the Oslo Accords which are separate to Israel’s system…”
Nevertheless, in a filmed report circulated on January 14th, the BBC’s Jerusalem correspondent Tom Bateman once again failed to adequately clarify that point, instead portraying Article 17 of the Oslo Accords as something that Israel “says” is the case. [emphasis added]
Bateman [from 02:18]: “Meanwhile, cases are also spiking in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Around 5 million Palestinians are waiting for a vaccine roll-out. The World Health Organisation is helping but with no clear date in sight. Human rights groups have called on Israel to provide vaccines but it says peace agreements leave the job to Palestinian officials who haven’t asked for their help.”
Tom Bateman is quite capable of providing BBC audiences with accurate and objective information about the relevant section of the Oslo Accords should he wish to do so. Instead he chose to contort the terms of a 25 year-old agreement witnessed by international parties into something which ‘Israel says’.
In addition, he once again failed to inform viewers that the bodies he portrayed as “human rights groups” are in fact NGOs (some of which engage in ‘lawfare’ campaigns against Israel) which launched a politically motivated campaign that he and many of his media colleagues have chosen to unquestioningly amplify.
More than three weeks after that campaign was launched the BBC continues to exploit reports ostensibly about the vaccination drive in Israel in order to amplify a political narrative and to sell its audiences short by refraining from providing them with the full range of information.