21 years of BBC disinformation on the cause of the second Intifada

Last week marked twenty-one years since the start of the second Intifada in September 2000. It also marked twenty-one years of dogged BBC promotion of a myth concerning the cause of that terror war.

The BBC’s ‘On This Day’ website includes an entry for September 28th 2000 which is titled “‘Provocative’ mosque visit sparks riots”.

“Palestinians and Israeli police have clashed in the worst violence for several years at Jerusalem’s holiest site, the compound around Al-Aqsa mosque.

The violence began after a highly controversial tour of the mosque compound early this morning by hardline Israeli opposition leader Ariel Sharon. […]

BBC correspondent Hilary Andersson said the visit was clearly intended to underline the Jewish claim to the city of Jerusalem and its holy sites.”

Of course Ariel Sharon did not visit a mosque as claimed in that headline. Rather he visited Temple Mount which the item describes as follows, omitting any explanation of why it is the holiest site for Jews:

“The site of the Al Aqsa mosque and its compound, known as Temple Mount to Jews and Haram al Sharif to Muslims, is sacred to both religions.”

The ‘context’ accompanying that item tells readers that:

“It was the beginning of a wave of rioting which escalated into what is now known as the second Palestinian intifada (uprising), or sometimes the Al Aqsa intifada.[…]

Critics say Mr Sharon knew the visit would trigger the ensuing violence and gambled on the Israeli public turning to a tough leader like him who would know how to handle it firmly.”

As we have documented here in the past, the BBC continued in the years that followed to promote the myth that the 34-minute visit to Temple Mount which was coordinated in advance with the Palestinian Authority’s security forces was the cause of the second Intifada.

BBC SECOND INTIFADA BACKGROUNDERS: ‘SHARON STARTED IT’

AS SHARON’S HEALTH DETERIORATES, BBC UPDATES PROFILE CLAIMING HE SPARKED SECOND INTIFADA

BBC EXPLOITS SHARON’S DEATH FOR MORE PROMOTION OF SECOND INTIFADA FALSEHOOD

ADDING MORE SECOND INTIFADA FALSEHOODS TO THE BBC’S ‘PERMANENTLY ACCESSIBLE ARCHIVE’

As we have also documented, that myth has been shown to be baseless by various Palestinian figures time and time again.

“I AM GOING TO START AN INTIFADA”

BBC REGULAR ATWAN SHATTERS 14 YEAR OLD BBC MYTH ON SECOND INTIFADA

Over two decades on, the disinformation promoting Sharon’s visit to Temple Mount as the prime, if not sole, cause of a terror war that lasted five years is still available on BBC platforms.

Twenty-one years of disinformation is not a mistake. It is a commitment to promote a one-sided politically motivated narrative to generation after generation of BBC audiences.

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  1. says: Grimey

    To start with, Jerusalem’s holiest site is the Western Wall of the Jews’ Second Temple. It is certainly NOT the Al-Aqsa mosque – which was built hundreds of years later and is only the third most holy site in Islam. But we don’t expect the BBC to report anything truthful – just another boring lie to try to downgrade Israel’s right to exist.

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