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.
“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.
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.