SUMMARY OF BBC NEWS WEBSITE PORTRAYAL OF ISRAEL AND THE PALESTINIANS – FEBRUARY 2022

Throughout the month of February 2022, sixteen written or filmed reports relating to Israel and/or the Palestinians appeared on the BBC News website’s ‘Middle East’ page, some of which were also published on other pages and four of which were carried over from the previous month.

(dates in brackets indicate the time period during which the item was available on the ‘Middle East’ page)

Three items related to regional affairs:

Iran accused of sowing Israel discontent with fake Jewish Facebook group Tom Bateman (3/2/22 to 8/2/22)

Israel’s Mossad suspected of high-level Iran penetration Jiyar Gol (6/2/22 to 14/2/22) discussed here

Naftali Bennett: Warm welcome for Israeli leader in Bahrain Tom Bateman (16/2/22 to present) discussed here

Two reports concerned security operations:

Israeli officers removed over death of elderly Palestinian-American man (1/2/22 to 5/2/22)

West Bank: Three Palestinian militants killed in Israeli operation (8/2/22 to 16/2/22) discussed here

One item can be classified as miscellaneous:

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee music released by British-Israeli composer Raffi Berg (5/2/22 to 11/2/22)

Two items, one of which was carried over from the previous month, had subject matter relating to the Holocaust:

Holocaust Memorial Day: Israeli politician ends Bundestag prayer in tears (27/1/22 to present)

‘Auschwitz tattoo kit’ claim put in doubt by Yad Vashem (10/2/22 to 17/2/22)

One item amplified a report put out by a political NGO:

Israeli policies against Palestinians amount to apartheid – Amnesty (1/2/22 to 8/2/22) discussed here

One report carried over from the previous month concerned a court case in Cyprus:

Ayia Napa: Woman convicted of gang rape lie wins appeal Caroline Lowbridge (31/1/22 to 4/2/22)

One report carried over from the previous month concerned internal Palestinian affairs:

Palestinians vent against Hamas in rare online event Yolande Knell & Rushdi Abu Alouf (28/1/22 to 1/2/22) discussed here

Of five items relating to Israeli affairs, two concerned unverified allegations which appeared in a local paper:

NSO Group: Israel launches inquiry into police hacking claims (7/2/22 to 16/2/22) discussed here

Israeli inquiry finds no indication police used spyware unlawfully (22/2/22 to present)

One item concerned Temple Mount:

The Jews dressing as Muslims to get around a prayer ban Gidi Kleiman, Yolande Knell, Youssef Shomali & Anastassia Zlatopolskai (8/2/22 to 15/2/22 and 24/2/22 to present) discussed here and here

One report was apparently produced for Valentine’s Day:

Couple married for 91 years and still in love Anastassia Zlatopolskai & Jimmy Michael (14/2/22 to present)

One item carried over from December was about a celebrity:

Uri Geller: The celebrity who owes his success to spoons Yolande Knell (26/12/21 to 3/2/22)

In addition – not included in our count – six items appeared in the ‘updates’ section underneath the ‘Middle East’ page but not on the page itself:

70 Years a Queen: Musical tribute composed for Platinum Jubilee

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: British-Israeli composer releases soliloquy

The airport tech helping to prevent delayed flights Natalie Lisbona & Will Smale

Leicester firm helps destroyed Gaza bookshop to reopen Greig Watson discussed here

The BBC News website continues its longstanding practice of reporting Israeli affairs far more widely than it does internal Palestinian affairs with no new material on that topic published this month. Stories ignored by the BBC during February 2022 include the award of a posthumous medal to a Holocaust distorter, repeated violent clashes between rival clans in Hebron, the death of a Hamas terrorist in a tunnel collapse, a demonstration in Rafah, attacks on Christians and controversial new appointments at the PLO.

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