Last month we noted that BBC Jerusalem bureau correspondent Tom Bateman had told readers of one of his reports of “a fresh flare-up in tensions in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah” without bothering to clarify that it began when the home of a Jewish family in that Jerusalem neighbourhood was firebombed.
In fact, BBC audiences have not seen any mention whatsoever of that firebombing or the subsequent related arrests in the four weeks that have passed since it took place.
The four people arrested in connection with that incident have now been indicted.
“Prosecutors on Monday indicted four Palestinians from East Jerusalem, including a minor, for the alleged firebombing of a Jewish home in Sheikh Jarrah last month.
The Jerusalem District Prosecutor’s Office requested that the group be kept in custody until the end of the legal proceedings against them. […]
According to the indictment, Mu’taz Haj Mahmoud, Balal Jabari, Jamal Husseini and an unnamed minor prepared Molotov cocktails and threw them at Yushuvayev’s residence. […]
The indictment further alleges that the four were involved in additional arson attempts in the months preceding the incident.”
Given that the BBC – and not least its Jerusalem bureau staff – has spent ten months telling audiences about “tensions” in what it has described as “a politically contentious district in Jerusalem linked to the outbreak of the May war”, one would expect the firebombing of the home of a Jewish family in that neighbourhood to be considered newsworthy. However, as has been the case with additional news relating to Sheikh Jarrah (see ‘related articles’ below), once again we see that stories which do not fit the corporation’s chosen narrative do not receive coverage.